In the late 18th century, the current owners’ great-great-great grandfather was deeded the land on which the winery sits. Fast forward six generations and they’re still on the family farm!
They named the winery Henry of Pelham after great-great-great grandpa’s son, Henry, who had a pretty dry sense of humour, nicknaming himself “Henry of Pelham” after a British Prime Minister. He was quite the entrepreneur, building an inn and a tavern on the property and operating a toll road. He raised sheep. And grew grapes — some of the first to be planted in Canada. The current tasting room and wine store are in Henry’s carriage house.
Visitors to their winery often ask, “What is the Short Hills Bench”? Hint: It’s not somewhere to sit. (Though it is a wonderful place to picnic.) “Short Hills Bench,” as seen on a wine label, means that the grapes were grown on a tiny piece of land along the Niagara Escarpment.
CANADA PELHAM NIAGARA PENINSULA CHARDONNAY 2016/18 alc 13.5%
CANADA PELHAM SHORT HILLS BENCH ONTARIO BACO NOIR 2017 alc 12.5%
100% Chardonnay, grown and bottled on the Pelham estate, this fantastic Chardonnay has broken the New World tradition by making a fresh appley, mineral-rich mouth-watering taste of the Old-World in their Niagara vineyard.
This is something very special: made with 100% Baco Noir, grown and bottled on the Pelham estate, from Niagara’s most premium vineyards, on and surrounding the Short Hills Bench.
CANADA HENRY OF PELHAM RIESLING 2018 alc 10.5%
CANADA HENRY OF PELHAM VIDAL BLANC ICEWINE 2017 alc 9.5%
Superb 100% Riesling made with grapes from Niagra’s most premium vineyards on and surrounding Short Hill Bench.
100% Vidal. A very special dessert sweet wine, made from estate grown grapes in the Short Hills Bench.