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Pillitteri Estates Winery

1696 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada (905) 468-3147 http://pillitteri.com
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  • Year Established:
    1993
  • Winery Contact:
  • Winemaker:
    Aleksandar Kolundzic

About our winery:

Pillitteri Estates Winery proudly continues a family tradition of viticulture and winemaking excellence. For Gary Pillitteri, the opening of Pillitteri Estates Winery in June of 1993 was the culmination of a lifetime dream. Since arriving in Canada from his native Sicily in 1948, Mr. Pillitteri was able to achieve his life long dream of opening a winery using his many years of experience as a grape grower in Niagara and as an amateur winemaker.From Gary’s first Gold Medal to the winery’s most recent honours, Icewine continues to be the Pillitteri flagship wine. In fact, Pillitteri Estates Winery is the largest estate producer of Icewine in the world and one of the most innovative, creating a wide variety of Icewines, using: Vidal, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Cabernets, Shiraz, Merlot, Sangiovese and Semillon varietals. Pillitteri Icewine is exported to more than thirty countries worldwide. The family’s commitment to producing VQA wines of exceptional quality and character is demonstrated in each bottle bearing the Pillitteri name. Pillitteri Estates Winery is your Icewine destination!


Three things to love about us:

The grapes are harvested primarily from the family’s 100 acres of vineyards, planted with vitis vinifera and French Hybrid grape varieties. Following the exacting standards of the VQA (Vintner’s Quality Alliance) production has increased steadily since the winery’s opening, and currently stands at roughly 90 000 cases. The family’s winemaking philosophy is quite simple: “To produce the finest wines possible from the highest quality Niagara Peninsula grapes.” The strategy, however, is much more complex. Each vineyard and wine is treated individually since each has its own ‘personality’ that must be expressed. “Our goal is to produce consistent, quality wine for our consumers: rich, full-bodied reds; fragrant and lively whites; and luscious Icewines, all in a variety of styles to suit every palate.”


What makes us unique:

Pillitteri Estates Winery is truly a family enterprise: Gary’s son Charles is C.E.O. President of Sales, daughter Connie is C.F.O. President of Operations, daughter Lucy is C.M.O. President of Marketing and son-in-law Jamie Slingerland is the Director of Viticulture.


Our awards:

This approach has earned Pillitteri Estates Winery a reputation for excellence. In the past twenty years the winery has been honoured with more than 650 medals, at both domestic and international competitions. These include the coveted Civart Trophy from the Challenge International du Vin, in Bordeaux, France, two Gran Medaillo d’Oro from Vinitaly, Verona, Italy and a rare Double Gold Medal from the American Wine Society in the United States. Pillitteri achieved international acclaim in 2005 by winning North America’s only medal at Effervescents du Monde in addition to receiving a rare Grand Gold. More recently Pillitteri won a Grand Gold and First Place in the World at the Effervescents du Monde for the 2009 Sparkling Cabernet Icewine. The Exclamation Reserve wines have continued the proud tradition of producing award winning wines by winning Gold at Challenge International du Vin, International Wine Challenge, and the International Wine and Spirit Competition.


  Days and hours open

Mon10:00 AM6:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM6:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM6:00 PM
Thu10:00 AM6:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM6:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM6:00 PM
Sun10:00 AM6:00 PM

  • Good For Groups
  • Casual
  • Family Run
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Sustainable
  • Viognier
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Merlot
  • Rose
  • Riesling
  • Chardonnay
  • Tours
  • Outdoor Area
  • Private Tasting
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Food/Wine Pairings
  • Ability to Purchase Wine
  • Limo Friendly
  • Wine Caves

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