My husband and I have been visiting Malivoire Wine Company over the last 3 years and are wine club members. I finally decided to write a review that probably should have been written a long time ago.
What drew us to Malivoire at the very beginning, of course, was the wine. My husband and I are big fans of Burgundian wines and so we were impressed with the quality of Malivoire Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Gamays. That said, since we began visiting, we have also enjoyed their Wismer Cab Franc, Pinot Gris and Guilty Men Cabernet/Merlot blend. I am sure I am missing some varietals but the one thing I can say is that you will not be dissapointed if you stop for a tasting here. You are guaranteed to find at least one wine you will like.
Aside from the wine, the staff are very friendly, energetic, passionate and welcoming. Over the years we have been visiting Malivoire, we have gotten to know a few of the staff quite well and even though we visit frequently (perhaps too often), the warm greeting is always the same. The staff are also very flexible, accommodating, and service oriented. Finally a word about the winemaker, Shiraz Mottiar. If you do have a chance to meet him, he is very down to earth and approachable. He takes the time to answer your questions and provides helpful advice when asked. He is also a respected winemaker in the region an is very involved in the community, which we learned from other fellow winemakers in the area.
Overall, if you are planning to visit the NIagara wine region...exit the highway a bit more east (east of Niagara on the Lake - e.g. Victoria Street exit in Jordan or even further east) and visit the smaller, boutique wineries on the bench and closer to Jordan. You will be pleasantly surprised by the quality and level of service which, in our opinion, rivals what you may experience in some of the bigger wineries directly in Niagara on the Lake. Malivoire is definitely one of our favourites in this area. Enjoy!
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