Our Wines
In addition to Riesling, Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Bianca, Hibernal, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir, we have planted four sustainable red grape varietals - the German wunderkind, Regent - a fruity, light-bodied red - and the three sustainable varieties developed specifically for our region, still known as HG-01, HG-03 and HG-04 (good to know: HG stands for Harrow Graft). These grapes are sustainable because they can usually survive a period of frigid temperatures, require significantly less spray than the traditional vitis vinifera varieties, ripen fully and can be harvested early in the season before the fall rains. That appeals to us… we can rely on getting a crop of delicious grapes and use much less chemical spray.

Regent has been grown in Germany since 1995. It is classified as vitis vinifera in the European Vitis data base. Regent has been grown in southwest Ontario since 1998 and is also grown in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, the United States (Michigan, New York, Northern California, Oregon and Washington), Switzerland, Latvia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Finland, and New Zealand.

In the field, Regent is upright with medium to large clusters, ripens earlier and has great winter hardiness, is resistant to Botrytis, and fungicide applications are reduced by half.

The HG grapes were developed in the mid-1990s by Valentin (Tino) Blattner of Switzerland, who was working with Dr. Helen Fisher of the University of Guelph. The 2,800 varieties developed by Tino for Essex County were planted in 1997. By 2002, after a rigorous study in the field, the focus shifted to the six best varieties. They were propagated and planted at Viewpointe Estate Winery. The first crop was sent to Niagara College for evaluation. After that, the focus was on the three magic bullets – HG-01, HG-03 and HG-04 - that have realized their potential and promise at Viewpointe, where they are blended into Colchester Cuvée, a dark red, oaked wine, and at Oxley Estate Winery, where they are blended into a dry, fresh Rosé.

We have two acres of root stock at Oxley, much of which is in a block certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, so that we are able to propagate our own vines. That will come in handy when the ten grape varietals we imported from Europe are released from quarantine in British Columbia. They were found during a European Union project to identify, by DNA, ancient and, by definition, sustainable wine grapes along the old Roman wine route. These varietals survived the last “little ice age” in the 19th century and include Red Riesling and Primitivo. If things go according to plan, Oxley will begin making wine from them in 2016-2017.

"Bright", "exciting" and "vibrant" are words often used to describe our wines.

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White Wines
2016 RIESLING - $19.95
The brilliant colour, botanical aroma and fruit-driven flavour come together in our Riesling for a breezy, open air feeling. Crisp green apple and light honeysuckle notes on the nose open up to energetic citrus tastes of white grapefruit and lemon peel. Racing acidity meets wet stone minerality on the juicy, dialed-in palate. The finish is dry, humming, lingering... and waiting for your next sip.
Music pairing: "We Belong" by Pat Benetar

2016 CHARDONNAY – $18.95
Brilliant colour and delightful floral fragrance introduce our 2016 Chardonnay. Lively, lemon citrus notes join tropical tones of pineapple on the luscious, juicy, slightly nutty palate. The lilting finish takes a long time - balanced, round, fruity and just a hint off-dry. Serve with simple seafood dishes, like pan-seared scallops, or BBQ chicken with mango salsa.
Music pairing: "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Led Zeppelin

2016 AUXERROIS – $17.95
Our Auxerrois greets you with aromas of sweet grass, parsley and white pepper, then the scent of corn husk, fresh peaches and beeswax. On the palate, the flavours are ripe tree fruit, cantaloupe and lemon basil, with notes of orange blossom and wildflower honey. Citrus acidity and wet stone minerality coast through the long, winding finish. Pair with delicate cheeses and light seafood starters.
Music pairing: "Going up the Country" by Canned Heat

2016 PINOT ROSÉ – $19.95
Our Pinot Rosé shows off the signature characteristics of the grape - top notes of strawberry, truffle and black pepper on the nose. A vibrant citrus mouthfeel and flavours of lemon and blood orange join back tone so licorice and basil on the palate. Fleshy fruit adds weigh to the mid-point, for just enough richness to carry you through the finish - lengthy, lively, juicy and a titch off-dry. Chill well, relax and sip slowly.
Music pairing: "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie

2016 TOAST OF THE TOWN – $22.95
Buttery, golden straw yellow in colour and fragrant with field flower aromas - our barrel-aged Chardonnay is a celebration of selective wine crafting right in your glass. The ripe palate is plush with round, substantial fruit, with just a breath of oak at the back. The creamy, filling mouthfeel is rich and beautifully balanced - carrying the citrus acidity through the lengthy, supportive finish.
Music pairing: "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot

Red Wines
2016 PINOT NOIR 2016, Oxley Bluff Vineyard – $24.95
Burgundy, pomegranate colour highlights the warm, woodsy aromas of our 2016 Oxley Bluff Pinot Noir. Notes of spicy black pepper, sandalwood, violet and orchid join ripe strawberry and dark cherry on the even, harmonious palate. This is a graceful, toothsome wine with style and finesse from entry to long, humming finish.
Music pairing: "Call Me the Breeze" by J.J. Call

2016 REGENT – $22.95
The beloved Regent grape has easily become one of our favourites – we love how well it does in our field and climate. Our Regent is attractive to the eye, with its bright, beet-red colour. The nose is as fragrant as a spice box - with pepper, clove, anise, cinnamon, vanilla. Marry these aromatics with notes of cooked raspberry, black cherry, and blueberry reduction on the polished palate. Enjoy with cured meats and interesting cheeses.
Music pairing: "Cold Shot" by Stevie Ray Vaughn

2016 CABERNET FRANC – $22.95
The dried currant colour is an enticing invitation to our 2016 Cabernet Franc. This vintage gave us a wine that is both familiar and wild. The pleasing, complex aroma delivers spicy-floral fragrances of nutmeg, rosemary, leather, anise and jasmine - held together with notes of cherry pie and beeswax on the edge. A muscular palate follows - bold, round flavours of plum, ripe raspberry and earthy mushroom ride through the firm grip of the long finish.
Music pairing: "Be My Lover" by Alice Cooper

2016 CABERNET MERLOT – $22.95
Our thoughtfully arranged blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is finely tuned and balance by design - in the vineyard and at the winery. Attractive and fragrant with aromas of raspberry and cracked pepper on the nose, and a quiet suggestion of violet and lavender. The generous palate delivers rich, mouth-filling flavours of dark chocolate-covered cherries, with earthy notes of vanilla, rose hip and mushroom for added interest. Take your time with sipping - our Cabernet Merlot is abundant in flavour and long in enjoyment.
Music pairing: "Black horse and the Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall

2015 RIPPER RED – $22.95
Inky, intense, deep, dark fruit, wild, chewy-the initial descriptors for Ripper Red ‘15. Crafted with a blend of Regent and the HG (Harrow Graft) grapes, it is a wine that has made its’ mark. Cooked blueberry and cherry aromas move chameleon-like to notes of cloves and vanilla on the nose, with swirling. Easy does it with sipping, the way this wine changes in the glass is enchanting. Shifty, fruity and savoury flavours of raspberry, black licorice, pepper and olive on the full mouthfeel, leading to a substantial, sleek, tasty, finish.
Music pairing: "Black Betty" by RamJam