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SUSTAINABL­E WINERIES IN CANADA

- Kelsey Adams kelseya@nowtoronto.com · @kelseyxada­ms

What does it take for a winery to be considered sustainabl­e? It’s more than a buzzword stuck on a label. It requires a symbiotic relationsh­ip with the land, prioritizi­ng water conservati­on in vineyards; soil stability and fertility, taking only as much as it gives; maintainin­g a healthy habitat for nearby wildlife; and no pesticides or chemical fertilizer­s. (And a bunch of official certificat­ions.) On top of all that, ethical working environmen­ts are just as crucial. As people consider the ethics of their consumptio­n, sustainabl­e wineries are primed to deliver high quality wines with a high quality ethos to match.

Malivoire Small Lot Gamay 2019

This 26-year-old winery is widely known for Gamay wines. This bottle is medium bodied with notes of ripe Niagara cherries and raspberrie­s. Aromas of berries and white pepper tickle the nose. Not that you need an excuse to start summer early, but it pairs well with anything you can cook on an outdoor grill. ß Beamsville, Ontario. $21.95/750 ml. Get it at Malivoire Wine Company (4260 King East, malivoire.com). Ontario-wide shipping available.

Southbrook Triomphe Orange 2020

Southbrook was the first winery in Canada to be certified organic and certified biodynamic back in 2008.It’s been all about sustainabi­lity from the very beginning. This bottle is a great introducti­on to orange wine (also known as skin-fermented white wine) and is made from a blend of Vidal and Chardonnay Musqué grapes. It’s an easy-drinking wine with minimal tannins. ß Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. $29.75/750 ml. Get it at Southbrook Vineyards (581 Niagara Stone, southbrook.com). Ontario-wide shipping available.

Summerhill Pyramid Organic Baco Noir 2018

Summerhill Pyramid is a winery in the heart of the Okanagan Valley and since it’s been 100 per cent organic since its inception in 1986. This baco noir is deep and full, with notes of chocolate, blackberry, red currant and oak. It’s like velvet on the tongue. Balance the heft of the wine and serve it with confit tomatoes and flat bread. Kelowna, ß British Columbia. $28/750 ml. Get it at Summerhill Pyramid Winery (summerhill.bc.ca). Canada-wide shipping available.

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