Come to find the inspiration for your festive meals during a tasting of wines and cheese at Alliance française de Toronto. This "Ontario Wines, Italian style" event is presented by Vieni:
"Vieni" means come or welcome in Italian and that is just how we want you to feel – welcomed and at home at Vieni Estates, situated on a diverse and breathtaking 175 acre estate on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. The founder of Vieni Estates brings his passion for wine from Italy and combines it with his love for this distinctly Canadian wine region, and particularly the unique attributes of the rolling hills of the Vinemount Ridge. Master winemaker Mauro Salvador takes the best of the many varietals grown on the estate to produce a broad and compelling range of still wines, icewines and sparkling wines crafted in the Charmat method (Metodo Italiano). Each offering is crafted to reflect the best of the terroir, the varietal, and the winemaker's skills.
Only 50 places available. For this evening, Winemaker Mauro Salvador and Marte Belisle will present you the Wine:
Winemaker Mauro Salvador:
He makes no bones about being inspired by the Italian winemaking tradition, and Veneto in particular. A relatively newcomer to Canada—he emigrated just seven years ago—his first Niagara vintage was the 2012. Winemaker Mauro Salvador trained at Veneto's Conegliano Scuola Enologica (Italy's oldest and most renown winemaking school). He also spent a dozen years honing his craft in the region before coming to Ontario when a friend from Toronto convinced him of the local potential. So it should come as no surprise that Vieni has three sparkling wines using the Charmat method—a technique most famously employed in Conegliano to make Prosecco. While Salvador likes traditional method sparklers and is working on some in the Vieni cellars, his preference is for the Charmat method which produces a lighter sparkling wine that better captures more delicate aromatics.
Following her passion for travel and wine, Marte Belisle has travelled to many countries to learn about wines.
Coordinating events, selecting wines and food pairing, creating new ways of presenting wine and sharing her knowledge with clients never feels like work for her. Niagara is the region she has come to know in depth over the last 20 years and although she makes her base there, no wine region is foreign to her.