Colio Estate Wines honours Winemaker, donates $100,000 to student scholarship programs

WINDSOR, ON, March 12, 2015 /CNW/ - Colio Estate Wines announced today that it will be donating $100,000 towards the creation of two academic scholarships at St. Clair College and Brock University, in memory of their late Master Winemaker, Carlo Negri.

The aptly named scholarship, the Carlo Negri Memorial Scholarship, will have a total value of $50,000 each, with $5,000 awarded to one student enrolled in a Culinary / Hospitality program at St. Clair College and a student enrolled in the winemaking programme at Brock University. Scholarship recipients will be made by a selection committee at the respective institution based on financial need, demonstrated leadership, community involvement, and a passion for their craft.

Carlo Negri was Colio's first winemaker, arriving from Italy in 1980, and was instrumental in the development of Colio's winery, wines and reputation in the Ontario wine industry. His hard work and dedication brought Carlo many accolades. He has left a legacy of acclaimed winemaking, humble professionalism, and is recognized for his vital role in the establishment of the Lake Erie North Shore viticultural area as a world class wine producing region. Negri passed in June of 2014.

"Carlo devoted over 30 years to Colio," says Colio Estate Wines President Jim Clark. "Upon his retirement from a most distinguished career with us he continued to provide invaluable guidance as our winemaking consultant and committed mentor to our winery and cellar staff. He was a mentor to many, both within Colio and throughout the industry, and was always available to provide support and assistance to other winemakers, growers and winery leaders. We are proud to continue his legacy by providing these scholarships to future industry leaders, in his honour."

The first award recipients of the Carlo Negri Memorial Scholarships will be announced shortly.

About Colio Estate Winery:

The Colio Estate Wines story is one of patience, determination, and perseverance – qualities that remain today at the heart of our winemaking practices and spirit. Southern Ontario has been home to Canada's wine industry since the prohibition of alcohol in the early 20th century. It was here in Lake Erie North Shore, the southernmost and warmest wine appellation region of Ontario, where three Italian bricklayers named Alfredo, Enzo and Tiberio decided to fulfill their life dream of building a world-class winery.

The bricklayers' sought the help of winemaking experts from Udine, Italy to help make their dreams a reality. But they soon faced a big predicament when their winery partners pulled out. Rather than "throw in the trowel," they worked diligently and found winemaking experts who shared their brick-by-brick determination to build Colio Estate Wines near the sunny shores of Lake Erie.

Today you can enjoy the rewards of the hard work and craftsmanship that go into every bottle of our Colio wines. The picturesque winery is located in Harrow in the heart of the Essex/Pelee Island Coast Wine Country. Since opening its doors in 1980, Colio Estate Wines has won over 400 awards in competitions around the globe. 

SOURCE Colio Estate Wines

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For further information: Danielle Giroux, VP Marketing, Colio Estate Winery, danielleg@coliowinery.com, 905-896-8512

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