Ontario Wine Culture

Inniskillin Niagara winemaker Bruce Nicholson was honoured at the industry’s Cuvée Grand Tasting with the Winemaker of Excellence Award. Supplied photo

After a decade of making award-winning wines at Jackson-Triggs Niagara, winemaker Marco Piccoli was promoted to head winemaker of Ontario wines at the brand’s parent company Arterra. Piccoli will continue as winemaker for the Arterra label as well as overseeing all the company’s winemaking in the province. Filling his Blundstones at Jackson-Triggs Niagara is Levi de Loryn who got his start in his native Australia and has been in Niagara since 2011. With a speciality in sparkling look for him to push forward and expand the winery’s offering of bubbles—maybe he’ll be reaching into the Aussie playbook for a sparkling Shiraz to join Jackson-Triggs’ sparkling Merlot?

At Jackson-Triggs’ sister winery Inniskillin Niagara winemaker Bruce Nicholson was honoured at the industry’s Cuvée Grand Tasting with the Winemaker of Excellence Award. With over 30 years of experience in both the Okanagan and Niagara making wines beloved by both consumers and critics the humble and passionate Nicholson is well deserving of the award. He told the crowd of 900 industry attendees for the fundraising event held by Brock University that the potential for Niagara wines was “unlimited”. One of Piccoli and Nicholson’s partners and growers Martin Schuele, who has been working with the winemaking teams at Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin for over 30 years received the Vineyard of Excellence Award.

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