Between The Lines Winery
Between The Lines Winery Harvest 2013
We decided our wine styles should not mimic other wine regions, because no matter how hard we try, we’d always be a copy. Ultimately we tried to come up with something that made sense to us as a Niagara-grown wine. Our main lineup is craft products that are fun to taste. The whites are absolutely quaffable and the red wines are barrel-aged for only a short time to try and preserve the fruit. The “Reserve” wines are our way of showing off what this old barn can house. We go through a careful process of selecting the best possible grapes of Wertsch Vineyards to turn them into something extraordinary. Try some Lemberger while it is available. The finishing process involves feedback from our wine club to ensure that we’re giving customers exactly what they want. So find your favorite and share it with a friend.
Visit us between Lines 5 and 6 on Four Mile Creek Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- There is no ‘better’ wine, just different wines.
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I started home winemaking in high school, then studied winemaking and viticulture at Niagara College. Then, I went to Weinbauschule University in Weinsberg, Germany to further my studies. At Between the Lines, we try and combine best of two worlds: the old world traditions and new world innovations adapted for the Niagara grape.
My brother and I get along very well, so our business works. Greg has always liked talking more than I do. I’d rather be in the background, the quiet one, so it’s nice to disappear into the cellar sometimes and work by myself. We’ve worked together in the vineyard for 14 years, so something must be right.
My focus is on running the winery and setting the tone. We have created wines with an international profile and a heavy emphasis on cold climates. We have very little competition. That’s what makes us so successful. People recognize the wines, but they’re different. Not too different, but unique enough to create interest. We decided to bet on varietals that grow well, instead of just having the popular names here at Between the Lines. This was partly based on our education and knowledge of cold regions and styles and also from our experience as grape growers.
A lot of times people try to imitate the wine styles from other places in the world, but we believe Niagara has its own story to tell.
My brother and I are solid partners. Yannick is focused on details — he doesn’t miss a thing. He works long hours and is as willing as I am to put in whatever it takes to put Between the Lines on the map. What do you say about a guy who finishes his workday in the middle of the night with a smile? He’s very skilled and knowledgeable. This place was built on our ideas and sweat. If we were both winemakers, it would have imploded years ago.
It took us a little while off the farm to learn that we wanted to be on the farm. I started in microbiology but our program was moved into the basement. No windows! I thought I would die down there. I spent that summer working on the farm and knew then that that was where I wanted to be. I went back and studied Wine Economics at Geisenheim.
With my background, I also looked at teaching and began working at Niagara College. With our combined training, my brother and I decided to not only grow the grapes, but to produce wine. Our ignorance was a blessing. Had we known how much work it all was and how long it would take, we might not have started.