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Wayne Gretzky To Build Winery and Craft Distillery in Niagara On The Lake

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sun Oct 25 2015


NHL hockey all-star legend and Canadian icon Wayne Gretzky held a ceremony to announce the go ahead of Wayne Gretzky Winery and Craft Distillery in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. Construction of the new winery will begin next week and will be located next to the Trius Winery on Niagara Stone Road.

The partnership of Andrew Peller Ltd and Gretzky families announced the permanent home for Wayne Gretzky wines.

The 15,000 square foot facility will include retail and tasting space as well as fermentation, barrel cellars and an ice skating rink in the back yard.

There will be up to 4 acres of new grapes planted for Gretzky wines, and more purchased locally.

Australian wine maker Craig McDonald has been crafting Wayne Gretzky's award winning wines for over 10 years, and he will continue as the head wine maker in the new Niagara on the Lake facility.

The facility was designed by Gren Weis, an Oakville, Ontario architect who also designed the Peller Estate Winery on John Street in Niagara on the Lake NOTL. The new Gretzky Winery will have a rural feel while maintaining a contemporary vision with the use of glass and wood with a "barn inspired" look.
The winery brings a significant investment to the Niagara wine region as the winery will create 40 new permanent jobs as well as jobs created for the duration of construction of the facility and property which is projected to take over a year to complete.

Wayne Gretzky brought his father Walter to the podium at the ceremony and said his dad used to prune grapes in the 1940's and 1950's, when his grandfather had a little wine making operation.

"I guess they would have called it moonshine in those days," he said, adding his grandfather would have been proud of the winery, "something so magnificent and so charming."

Gretzky also wanted to have his project associated with a charity. He announced a $25,000 donation to United Way of St. Catharines before leaving the podium.

Niagara on the Lake Lord Mayor Pat Darte said having the winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is "awesome, really good for the town. Having 99 right on the front of the building at the gateway to town is huge. Hockey guys are usually beer drinkers, but this will bring a whole new group of people to town and to the region. Just having Wayne here is spectacular. And with his name on the sign, you know he's going to be back."


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