Henry of Pelham, located in Henry Smith Tavern (circa 1842), is a piece of Niagara history. Paul Speck, a descendent of Henry Smith, the original owner of the tavern, began grape growing in 1988, and Henry of Pelham, a founding member of the VQA, has kept innovative pace. Cuvée Catharine Brut, and Cuvée Catharine Rose Brut, peach coloured sparkling wines named after Henry Smith’s widow, garner attention for their sophisticated sparkle. It’s their Baco Noir, however, which has become a go-to-sipper on every locals’ list.
Paul Speck’s sons, Matthew, Paul and Daniel Speck, created a bold new line of easy red and whites called ‘Sibling Rivalry’ with graphic Warhol-esque packaging, satisfying both millennials and sophisticates, nostalgic for their adolescence. The winery also houses the Coach House Café serving light lunches by Chef Erik Peacock of Wellington Court. Day trippers, seeking nourishment and entertainment, happily source a space to picnic, as “Shakespeare in the Vineyard” proves that all the worlds a stage.
Tasting Fees $4
Bottles $12.95 (Sibling Rivalry) – $50+