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Hidden Bench

With a perfect patio for sipping on a hot summer day, Hidden Bench, has a relaxed, cottage-country vibe. Harald Thiel, realizing a long-time dream to own an artisan winery, works alongside his team, Winemaker Marlize Beyers, and Vineyard Manager Steve Roche, to create terroir driven wines with a non-interventional winemaking philosophy; blending science, patience, attention to quality farming and environmental values.  Hidden Bench uses geothermal heating and was one of the launch customers for ‘Bullfrog Power’.

A fairly young winery, Hidden Bench consists of three vineyard properties; Locust Lane, Rosomel and Felseck, which means ‘corner of the cliff’, Hidden Bench’s most recent acquisition.  The 2008 Locust Lane Pinot Noir, is 100% estate grapes and indigenous yeast, gravity-flow  with no filtration.  Meg McGrath, retail manager and Aussie native, is credited for bringing the popular progressive tasting experience called Graze the Bench to Niagara; an entertaining tasting party involving several local wineries, chefs and bands, each June.

Tasting Fees: 3 wines for $10, waived with purchase of 3 or more bottles.
Wine can be purchased online via their website.

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