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Lindsay Evans blogs about food, entertaining and her favourite recipes for Green Living.

Last week I promised you some further details on some of the premier culinary destinations and wineries in the Twenty Valley. Here are the deets on some of the lesser known, but premier quality, wineries. What I love most about researching Canadian Wineries is learning about their dedication to sustainable and environmentally friendly wine making practices. 

Wineries of the Twenty Valley:

Fielding Estate Winery: 4020 Locust Lane, Beamsville, 905.563.0668

Hidden among the slopes of the Beamsville Bench, legendary wine country, Fielding Estate Winery is a winery for all seasons. The Haliburton-inspired cedar, stone and glass Wine Lodge welcomes visitors for gatherings of friends and sipping extraordinary award-winning wine. The Fielding Family wines are rare, produced only in small batches, to ensure the quality of every bottle. 

Flat Rock Cellars: 2727 Seventh Avenue, Jordon, 905.562.8994

Flat Rock's focus is clear and simple-make the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling they can. Make wine that truly competes on the world stage and enjoy making it along the way. They invite you to visit the state-of-the-art 5-level gravity flow winery, and soak in the spectacular views while sipping on a glass of their fines. They are also committed to sustainable wine making practices. 

Thirty Bench Wine Makers: 4281 Mountain View Road, Beamsville, 905.563.1698

Thirty Bench is a producer of premium wines grown in the Twenty Valley on estate vineyards in the Beamsville Bench appellation. They focus on growing premium Rieslings and classic red varietals from low yield vines which produce maximum fruit intensity. They produce rare and unique wines that are difficult to forget. 

Tawse Winery: 3955 Cherry Avenue, Vineland, 905.562.9500

The Tawse Family owns two distinctive vineyards both located along the gentle slopes of the Niagara Escarpment. In spring 2005, they opened a new state-of-the-art Tawse Winery on the lower slopes of the Vineland Double Bench. With its unique hillside terrain, the climate here beautifully echoes the golden slopes of Burgundy. They are therefore able to give their vines excellent growing conditions and a terroir that is equally distinctive. There number one passion is Chardonnay with over twenty acres of vines. However, theynalso vinify smaller plots of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Riesling with the same careful attention and craft. Although not certified organic, Tawse has been practicing both organic and biodynamic viniculture for more than two years.

Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery: 4152 Locust Lane, Beamsville, 905.563.8700

Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery is an artisanal winery dedicated to producing ultra premium wines solely from vineyards situated within the Beamsville Bench VQA sub- appellation. Part of their mission, vision and winemaking philosophy is to have the smallest impact possible on the environment. They have instituted a number of initiatives that, coupled with on going sound environmental practices, will reduce their impact on and assist with the recovery of the environment.

For more information on Organic Wines in Canada, see Green Living’s article on Canadian Organic Wines.

For more information on the Twenty Valley Wineries, visit their website twentyvalley.ca