Growing grapes on the farm and making wine at the winery are viewed as independent successes in their own right at Palatine Hills. Because of the weather conditions and the potential for developing vines that produce premium grapes with high acidity and good sugars, Palatine Hills’ acreage is renowned in the Canadian wine industry to producing some of the best Gewürztraminer vines in Canada. So much so, that other wineries purchase vines and/or grapes from Palatine for their own wines and vineyards.
Part of the successful business is due to the foresight and courage that owner John Neufeld exhibited in 1975 when he decided to completely replant the entire 187 acres of his established vineyards the with vinifera vines (winespeak: single grape varietal rather than hybrid grapes). Now, over 30 years later, Palatine has some of the oldest vines deeply rooted in the Niagara region. Older vines draw untapped nutrients resulting in rich, luscious grapes for making premium wine.
Expanding from grape growing to include a winery in his business, John opened the winery in 1998. Winemaker David Hojnoski, was formerly the Executive Winemaker for Bright’s Wines for 30+ years. Ten years later, Jeff Innes departed The Grange of Prince Edward Winery to join Palatine as cheif winemaker. With each sip of his wines, you can taste that he continues the reputation of impressive wines at Palatine – like the Romeo sparkling wine reviewed by our team of Savvy Sommeliers.
Cheers & Enjoy!
Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: Why wait for a special occasion to pop open a bubbly? Our Savvy Sommelier Debbie, believes that we don’t drink enough sparkling wine. With the simple POP of the cork, is an easy way to set the fun mood of any gathering. Blanc de Noir means that this wine is made Pinot Noir grapes made in the ‘methode traditionale’ style as French Champagne is crafted. The result is a elegant light pink colour in the glass with delicate mousse (winespeak: bubbles). Romeo is crisp, dry with apple & citrus aromas that follows into the taste.
Suggested Food Pairings: Absolutely anything! Great sipped on its own, with light fare. For some fun, Debbie recommends to serve salt ladened potato chips (like Ms Vickie’s original chips) with sparkling wine. The salt plays with the bubbles in your mouth & explodes like fireworks!