Excellence in winemaking has long been our hallmark, but that alone won’t make a winery great. Choice fruit from highborn vine varieties rooted in flourishing vineyards is mandatory.
Malivoire currently draws the largest share of its grapes from several vineyards comprising a combined 40 hectares. These are located within the Beamsville Bench, Lincoln Lakeshore, Vinemount Ridge and Twenty Mile Bench Sub-designated Viticultural Areas, which lie within the Niagara Peninsula’s Niagara Escarpment Subappellation.
Malivoire currently farms four vineyards within the Niagara Escarpment Viticultural Area.
The birthplace of Malivoire’s original wines is the Moira Vineyard, purchased on the Beamsville Bench in 1995. So taken was Martin by its breathtaking escarpment scenery, he also made it his home. With excellent drainage and a low water table, the Moira Vineyard is distinguished by vines whose deep roots ensure robust health and vigorous fruit acidity.
The Moira Vineyard’s 6 planted hectares was Malivoire’s springboard, but more acreage would be needed for fledgling winery to expand. The answer came the following year when Martin acquired another farm not far away. Occupying 13 hectares on the Bench, this became the site of Martin’s winery and Estate Vineyard. Located on a glacial moraine rising as high as 30 metres above the lakeshore plain, and resting under a dominant escarpment, it offers its vines superior airflow and water drainage.
Two kilometers west of the winery, perched atop a high moraine ridge lies the Mottiar Vineyard, the property of Malivoire Winemaker Shiraz Mottiar. This three hectare site, because of its higher elevation, is typically cooler than our other farms and yields fruit with distinctive minerality.
Another significant property is the 8-hectare vineyard owned for generations by the family of our Assistant Winemaker Dan Stouck. Here, in an exceptionally warm pocket of the Lincoln Lakeshore, grow the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot whose wines entered our list to much applause beginning in 2008. Here, alluvial soils overlying the rocks and gravel of a postglacial beach yield wines of great depth and power.