Maleta Estate Winery:
Many home winemakers dream of turning their passion of wine into a successful business and share their love of great wines with enophiles, but only very few can realize this dream. The challenges of starting and operating a capital-intensive winery, coupled with the risks of crop losses to weather and animals, are strong deterrents. But one's passion can overcome any challenge. Daniel Pambianc... Read more
Many home winemakers dream of turning their passion of wine into a successful business and share their love of great wines with enophiles, but only very few can realize this dream. The challenges of starting and operating a capital-intensive winery, coupled with the risks of crop losses to weather and animals, are strong deterrents. But one's passion can overcome any challenge. Daniel Pambianchi, President and General Manager of Cadenza Wines Inc.*, has been involved in home winemaking for many years crafting many different styles of wine including traditional method sparkling wine. He is the author of Techniques in Home Winemaking: The Comprehensive Guide to Making Château-Style Wines (Véhicule Press, 2008), and is also a contributing author to WineMaker magazine as well as serving as Technical Editor. Daniel recently made the switch from his telecom-engineering career to found Cadenza Wines and pursue his dream of crafting world-class wines. In January 2004, Daniel and his partners at Cadenza Wines acquired Maleta Vineyards and Estate Winery on Queenston Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The vineyard's location and heritage made it desirable as it sits adjacent to what was once the Sunnieholme Winery, founded in 1918, and on what was probably the site of Niagara's first commercial vineyard, developed in the mid 1800s. The sloping land is situated in one of Niagara's warmer mesoclimates, on what was once the shoreline of an ancient lakebed. The hard Haldimand clay soil was reconditioned with organic materials like straw and horse manure and underdrained at every other row of vines. The vineyard is now planted to traditional Bordeaux reds, i.e., Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, for blending into our luscious award-winning Meritage - a wine with a nose full of cassis and blackberry fruit, a satin texture and long, sweet finish. Production also includes Gamay and Riesling from 35-year-old vines as well as Icewine. The 1999 Riesling Reserve Off-Dry won an award in - of all places - Germany, home of the world's most revered Rieslings. Maleta's was the only wine from outside Germany to win an award in the top 50. To ensure continuing quality, vines are bunch and leaf thinned to yield two tons an acre - a recipe for success but small quantity. Vinification takes place in a pink (yes, pink) Quonset hut that houses the winemaking equipment and a mix of French and American oak barrels. Cadenza Wines' objectives are to grow annual production from 2,000 to 5,000 cases of world-class wines. The business operates under the Cadenza Wines name but the winery retains its Maleta trade names. As such, existing customers can look forward to the same quality associated with the Maleta name under new label designs. Please visit us at our winery boutique where you can sample and purchase our wines. We also have a range of gift ideas for wine lovers or for decorating your home as well as many wine books. Read less
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