Frosolone, Italy. It was there in those humble beginnings that, a handsome man, Joseph Colaneri, set his sights on a beautiful woman, Maria from the same "paese", town. She took one look at those blue eyes and especially his curly hair and she was "innamorato"…in love. We always got a chuckle over the fact Papa lost his hair shortly after they married in 1951. Thank goodness their marriage lasted a lot longer than his hair so the story could continue!
They were blessed with two sons, Michele (Mike) and Nicola (Nick). In 1967,the new world beckoned with possibilities, dreams and the promise of good things to come. After many years of hard work and perseverance, the family acquired a 40 acre vineyard where Colaneri Estate Winery now stands. Ma and Papa Colaneri took great joy in tending to the vines all year long. There was a sense of peace and accomplishment in seeing the vines prosper under their care.
Mike and Nick married sisters, Angiolina (Angie) and Liberina (Betty) and all lived together on the vineyard. Later, with their children, Tara, Michael, Nicholas and Christopher they continued to teach the importance of hard work and dedication. They were difficult times, but some of the happiest as everyone was together. The Colaneri Family, today, is determined to do Joseph and Maria proud. It is in their honour and memory that we are inspired to continue the tradition that crossed the ocean to the new world. Da paese a nuovo mondo.
Tradition, the driving force of our passion for family, life and all it encompasses. We sincerely hope that you enjoy our wines and experience the passion that went into the making of them.
Colaneri Estate Winery is family owned and operated, beautifully situated on the St. David's Bench in Niagara's wine region. Mike Colaneri had the vision of creating the winery in the shape of a "C", not only for the family name, but to embrace the captivating view. Designed in a Romanesque style, the building is dedicated to our parents and all our ancestors who put their heart and soul into everything they did. The building sits in the heart of the vineyard, within the lush, pulsating vines.
The picturesque arch windows face westward allowing the breathtaking sunset to beam through. The retail store, open since September 2010, overlooks the production area where guests can experience the sights and sounds of the winemaking process. When phase two is complete, it will include the second story which features a walk-out patio, accentuating the view overlooking the vineyard. On a clear day we can see our friends in Toronto!
Come to see how far we have come and join us as we journey to our final stage of completion – a legacy in the making. We sincerely hope that you will visit us, enjoy our award winning wines and experience the passion with them and all that we do.