Colio Estate Winery First to Harvest Pinot Noir Grapes in the Lake Erie North Shore region

Colio Estate Winemaker Lawrence Buhler proudly sampling the Pinot Noir from the tank Friday September 6, 2013 (CNW Group/Colio Estate Wines)

2013 Harvest Begins in Southern Ontario

HARROW, ON, Sept. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Colio Estate Wines officially kicked off its harvest season on September 6 with its Pinot Noir, which is used in the winery's Sparkling wines.

"It was a classic Sparkling harvest," said Lawrence Buhler, Colio's Winemaker. "The initial pressed grapes are exhibiting a nice bright acidity and great flavour." Buhler felt the Pinot Noir definitely hit the mark for an ideal Sparkling Wine.

The Pinot Noir grapes were treated to an extended pressing in the new membrane press, which slowly and gently extracts the flavour and colour into the finished wine. Following fermentation, the wine will be fashioned into the popular Girls' Night Out line of wines as a new VQA Rosé Sparkling Wine due to hit LCBO shelves next March 2014. It will retail for $14.95.

The regular table wine harvest started with Pinot Gris on September 9. The fruit exhibited bright citrus and nice minerality. Buhler characterized the vintage as one that will be exceptionally strong for aromatic white wines such as Pinot Gris with a very elegant style expected from the Bordeaux reds. While there was a slow start to the year, the heat experience in late July and August resulted in the vines catching up and maturing quickly.

ABOUT COLIO ESTATE WINES:

Established in 1980, Colio Estate Wines received the first winery license granted in Southwest Ontario following prohibition. Since that time, the wines have received numerous awards in local and global competitions.  Crafted from winery-owned 200 acres of vineyards on the Lake Erie North Shore, the winery is focused on creating wines of exceptional quality, varietal integrity and uncompromising value. Colio wines are available at LCBO stores and any of the 14 Colio Estate retail boutiques across the province. coliowinery.com

THE VINEYARD:
Our 200 acre vineyard is located on the shores of Lake Erie on County road 50. This southern location benefits from more growing degree days than any other wine region in Canada. The result is riper fruit with robust flavours.

SOURCE Colio Estate Wines

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For further information:

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Or: Contact: Danielle Giroux
Colio Estate Wines
905-896-8512 ext. 221
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