Some of the Best Wines Are at Megalomaniac Winery in Ontario
I just love bowler hats. I seriously do. I think of Fred Astaire tapping his way to my heart in every film he makes. He dawns that bowler hat and I sing along. So when I headed to Megalomaniac Winery in Vineland Ontario, inside the Niagara region, I knew straight away after seeing the bowler hats throughout the establishment that this winery would impress.
A Little Background on Megalomaniac Winery
- The Megalomaniac Winery was founded by John Howard.
- The initial purpose of starting the winery was to support a charity for children’s health and from there it blossomed into the successful establishment it is now.
- The winery expanded rapidly as the initial vintages sold in record time. This was a sign of success that Howard simply could not pass up.
- The winery credits its marketing efforts and unique image as one of the main contributions to its success.
- The image is easily identifiable with the striking sport jackets and bowler hat images.
- Friends of founder John Howard teased his initial intention to name the winery after him, calling him a Megalomaniac. The name stuck and he has been reaping the success ever since.
- The winery is decked out in quite elaborate decor from brown pristine chesterfields, crystal chandeliers, acres and acres of vineyards, and ornate pieces of art displayed throughout.
- This elaborate and posh winery opened to the public in 2009 and is a beautiful example of true architectural genius.
- This eclectic winery produces over 40,000 cases of wine yearly! (whoah! a sommelier’s dream)
The Megalomaniac Winery has a huge selection of wine, all dawning a unique label. The titles are quite interesting and most have a story behind them. “My Way” for example was a nod to Frank Sinatra. Other unique blends in red, white, rose, reserve, and specialty varieties include Sonofabitch, Selfie, Narcissist, Coldhearted Riesling Ice Wine, and more.
Once you decide to do a tasting, the staff help you decide on the 2-3 wines to try. Between the two of us, hubby and I tried six different types and loved them all for their subtle and/or bold flavours. When on your palate concentrate and let even the most subtle flavour tones come through. You will taste everything from spices, citrus, berries, etc. The ice wine in particular was exceptional and a true treat as it was the perfect sweetness and the best finale to a fancy meal. I appreciate ice wines. They require such extensive labour to produce, perfect winter temperatures that are carefully monitored, and thousands of grapes to make just one bottle. Keep this in mind when enjoying a swig with dessert!
The Ambiance and Impressions of the Property
The winery not only boasts incredible wines for all palates, but also an incredible property of lush vineyards plentiful with grapes, and a cellar that could ignite jealousy from other wineries. I was in complete awe of the quality equipment the facility used to produce such impressive wine. Not the most educated of wine drinkers, I sensed a top-notch establishment with great leadership available in the production. When you arrive at the winery and stroll through, you know in practically an instant that it is of the highest quality with utmost expectations. It is reassuring as a consumer that their image and reputation are reflective within their offerings to the public.
I mean, if the showroom wasn’t enough to impress, head upstairs with the friendly staff for a guided tour. The staff offices were immaculate. The Megalomaniac team certainly have a most elite business environment! The reception desk even had a chandelier hanging above it! I simply could not contain my amazement of the facilities, machinery, gardens, fields, furniture, and overall ambiance of the property. Plus the bowler hats were everywhere singing at my nostalgic silver screen heart! They were hanging on hooks, made into lamps, adorning the clothing, printed on labels, and stamped on each barrel of aging wine. The only thing missing was a video of Fred Astaire dancing in the background…
Where the Wine is Made
The facility for the winemakers was incredible. Complete with chandeliers and Niagara Escarpment geological ground in the room, this beautifully pristine cellar makes, as mentioned, 40,000 cases of wine yearly. The wine is filtered and aged in this cellar and from here will head into the showroom once packaged and tested.
The Awesome Wine Club
So after our tour of this eccentric, professional, and beautifully ornate winery whose image clearly is bold and audacious, we enjoyed an additional tasting, purchased two of our favourites, and opted in to the Wine Club.
The Wine Club is the perfect solution for budding sommeliers, posh wine drinkers, or the casual wine lover who likes to bring an upscale bottle to gatherings. It sends a selection of six bottles of wine to members six times per year, featuring a variety of vintages, flavours, and specialty blends. If you are not keen on the selection of a particular shipment, you can easily go online and change up the order for wines that you prefer from their collection. What we love about this club is that you can cancel anytime with no binding contract, no purchase requirements, holds on the membership should you have too much wine do not need any for a particular amount of time, and private events for members. Members are truly treated as VIPs with jazz bands, meticulously planned parties, and launches of new wines that are certain to tantalize any taste buds.
I highly recommend a stop at this winery during your Niagara Region road trip. With Niagara-on-the-Lake taking the lion’s share of winery accolades thanks to numerous properties and vineyards throughout the region, the other incredible establishments on the outskirts bring their own glory, their own character, and their own unmistakable impression on visitors. The Megalomaniac Winery can stand proud with its bold wines, eclectic decor, and bold image as a must-see and must-experience stop on the Niagara Escarpment. It impressed us so much that it landed on our Food Bucket List for the Heavenly Centenary. Granddad would have loved this winery, especially their white wine selections. And you know what else? He probably would have emulated the faceless image of the winery by dawning that stylish bowler hat.
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