Whenever I’m asked which wineries to visit in Niagara, I name the usual suspects, but lately KEW has been topping the list.
There’s something about this winery that feels like home. It could be the fact that the winery, is in fact, a converted home, but from the moment you enter, you’ll feel its’ warm and inviting vibe.
Last year I learned you could bring your own picnic which pretty much solidified them as my new favourite. They have a gorgeous property, tucked atop the escarpment, far from neighbouring wineries with vineyards as far as the eye can see.
KEW is known for their sparkling, so if you go I suggest getting a flight. It’s one of the few times I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in sparkling wines from one producer. Whether it’s their Blanc de Noir (100% pinot) or their Blanc de Blanc made from barrel aged chard, each offers something different and unique to the Beamsville Bench.
My favourite wine at KEW, however, is their Old Vines Chardonnay. It’s one of those chards you can’t stop smelling. The perfect balance of tropical and classic aromas, with a dense yet soft mouthfeel. The last bottle I opened was ripe full of cooked pineapple, vanilla and apple pie notes, but there was something I couldn’t put my finger on. I kept going back to it and this will sound strange but I think this is the elusive smell I love in chardonnay. It was the scent of a freshly opened bag of gummy bears. I’m pretty sure I nailed it, but the jury will forever be out on that one. The description on their website does a much better job.
I highly recommend, not just a stop at this winery, but a picnic in the warmer months, a flight of sparkling wine and a taste of their chardonnay. You won’t be disappointed.