At Malivoire Wines, a glass of celebration is in order.
The Beamsville winery was awarded winery of the year at the National Wine Awards in Penticton, B.C.
The winery walked away with 17 total medals in the competition that hosted 260 total competitors, many of whom are from the Niagara Region.
Malivoire achieved a new Milestone for the National Wine Awards by earning three platinum medals for its 2020 Gamay “Le Coeur,” Bisous Rosé NV Sparkling and 2020 Analog Red.
“This is the first time that one winery has won three Platinum Medals at the Nationals. A great achievement,” said David Lawrason of the National Wine Awards.
“The whole idea of this exercise is to highlight and reward consistency,” he said.
Winery president Martin Malivoire said an honour of this stature speaks not only to their commitment to winemaking and viticulture, but the dedication of winery staff at large.
“I would like to think this award reflects the culture and DNA of our winery, where each person has a vital role in contributing to our identity and the recognition we receive,” he said.
Malivoire said celebrations like the National Wine Awards give wineries across the nation something to aspire to and in doing so, ensure the longevity, sustainability and consistency of the Canadian wine industry.
“Congratulations to my whole team at Malivoire. This is your award.”
Winemaker Shiraz Mottiar, a graduate of Brock University and Malivoire winemaker since 2005, said he was proud of the accomplishment and of his team that made it possible.
“This has been Martin Malivoire’s vision that we have been fortunate to fulfil, without worry of zigging when fashions and tastes may zag. The handful of talented growers we have long worked with also make integral contributions to (ensure we can be (consistent and creative in our winemaking). Thank you NWAC for this incredible recognition,” Mottiar said.
Other Niagara wineries included in the top 25 ranked wineries in the country include Trius Winery, Peller Estates, Thirty Bench Wine Makers, 13th Street Winery, Ravine Vineyard and Fielding Estate Winery.
Beamsville’s Organized Crime also landed a top 10 spot among best performing small wineries.
Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News