Adamo Winery Opens 20,000-square-foot Facility and Establishes Hockley Valley Resort as Ontario’s Next Winemaking Region

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TORONTO — The Adamo family, owners of Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville, Ont., is now in the wine business. The family recently introduced wines to its portfolio of products with its collection of single-estate wines made in quintessential Ontario winemaking tradition, in the heart of Hockley Valley. The new winery is the first full-scale winemaking venture to embrace the region’s unique terroir and micro-climate conditions.

“We are focused on making Adamo Estate Winery a model for local production in the tradition of established Ontario winemakers,” said John Paul Adamo, owner, Adamo Estate Winery. “This is about fruit and origin, taking advantage of the unique characteristics of the region, and most importantly, handcrafting great Ontario wines.”

Adamo Estate Winery is a family affair, springing from a decades-long vision held by Mario Adamo. His children, John Paul and Julie, are heading up the winery’s operations with Jonas Newman, of Hinterland Wine Company in Prince Edward County, serving as the winery’s exclusive Consultant Winemaker. Shauna White, a veteran Okanagan Valley and Niagara grower, joined the company as Vineyard and Winery Manager more than a year ago.

Adamo Estate Winery’s first release of single estate wines includes:

  • 2014 Adamo Series Vidal
  • 2014 Chardonnay Musque
  • 2014 Gamay Noir
  • 2013 Merlot
  • 2014 Riesling
  • 2013 Chardonnay
  • 2014 Rosé
  • 2013 Pinot Noir

The first 2,000 vines were planted on the property in 2011 and the vineyard has grown steadily each year to its current 23,000 vines on nearly 20 acres. The winery produced 500 cases of wine in 2013 and 5,000 in 2014. This year the company is expected to produce more than 7,500 cases, or 60,000 bottles. The winery uses a tailored, integrated barrel program, including custom-made Albrigi tanks from Verona, Italy, and French oak barrels.

The winery is in the midst of construction of a 20,000-square-foot production facility, targeted to be fully functional in time for this year’s harvest in late September, with retail slated to open in spring 2016.

Adamo Estate wines are being sold to licensees through B & W Wines, and have already been added to the wine lists at a number of Toronto’s finest restaurants including: Ruth’s Chris, Sotto Sotto, Archive Wine Bar, Boxcar, Boxcar Social, L’Unità, Capocaccia, Goodlake, Prop and Auberge du Pommier.

Consumers will be able to purchase wines direct from the Adamo Estate Winery website starting July 8.

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