Toronto-area premium grape options

Wine Making Talk

Help Support Wine Making Talk:

jgareri

Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2017
Messages
61
Reaction score
11
Did a quick search on the site but couldn't find anything concrete. Google hasn't been much help either. I've found one place in the city but I'm still searching for premium California/Washington/Oregon wine grape options in Toronto but can't seem to find any. Anyone know where to get some?

PS - I know Charles from Grapemasters has Chilean and Spanish musts which I will try, but he doesn't carry west coast produce.
 

Johnd

Senior Member
WMT Supporter
Joined
Jun 10, 2015
Messages
6,817
Reaction score
6,986
Location
South Louisiana
Did a quick search on the site but couldn't find anything concrete. Google hasn't been much help either. I've found one place in the city but I'm still searching for premium California/Washington/Oregon wine grape options in Toronto but can't seem to find any. Anyone know where to get some?

PS - I know Charles from Grapemasters has Chilean and Spanish musts which I will try, but he doesn't carry west coast produce.
I did Charles Spanish Tempranillo and Merlot last season, big bodied, high BRIX, low acid product, super pleased with it.
 

jgareri

Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2017
Messages
61
Reaction score
11
Great to know. Hopefully someone has a contact for premium grapes in or around the city.
 

jgareri

Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2017
Messages
61
Reaction score
11
Spent quite a bit of time this week trying to find a good source for grapes and found the opinions to be all over the map. Some spots were confused, other places pitched the buyer beware there's no such thing as premium grapes, others said call back in a week. It has me a bit worried that I won't be able to find anything of that I will be ripped off, but I guess that's part of the learning experience.!
 

xriddle

Member
Joined
Sep 18, 2012
Messages
69
Reaction score
0
I have the same issue in Montreal. In a thread i started asking a similar question winegrapesdirect (dot) com was suggested ... It's not the cheapest but you can get premium (crushed) grapes from them delivered to you in Toronto.

GO LEAFS GO
 

jgareri

Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2017
Messages
61
Reaction score
11
I have the same issue in Montreal. In a thread i started asking a similar question winegrapesdirect (dot) com was suggested ... It's not the cheapest but you can get premium (crushed) grapes from them delivered to you in Toronto.

GO LEAFS GO
Thanks - I have found a few sources so hopefully one pans out.

Anyone use winegrapesdirect? Curious about the quality? Pricing is better than Brehm, it seems

I'm, funny enough, a Pens fan. Leafs are better now, so maybe I'll jump back on the wagon!
 
Last edited:

Jbu50

Supporting Members
WMT Supporter
Joined
Sep 16, 2018
Messages
90
Reaction score
45
Location
Ontario
Spent quite a bit of time this week trying to find a good source for grapes and found the opinions to be all over the map. Some spots were confused, other places pitched the buyer beware there's no such thing as premium grapes, others said call back in a week. It has me a bit worried that I won't be able to find anything of that I will be ripped off, but I guess that's part of the learning experience.!
Did you find a good source for premium grapes in the Toronto area? Where did you end up buying from?
 

jgareri

Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2017
Messages
61
Reaction score
11
I did end up buying some really good stuff from a local guy who imports directly from California on behalf of a buyers group. Name is Dominic Ierullo, imports into Vaughan, and the wine so far has been excellent (still young). I'm going it again this year and hopefully will be just as happy.

Note that the grapes are pretty much the same vineyards and AVAs that members of this site get as well. Last year's buy was Shenandoah and Borden Ranch, this year is Eldorado Pinot Noir and old vine zinfandel from Lodi

FYI if you are near Niagara you can also check out Watsons. Did a riesling from them last year and it was fantastic.
 

Jbu50

Supporting Members
WMT Supporter
Joined
Sep 16, 2018
Messages
90
Reaction score
45
Location
Ontario
Cool, thanks. I will check that out!
 

Donz

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 1, 2016
Messages
259
Reaction score
160
I have the same issue in Montreal. In a thread i started asking a similar question winegrapesdirect (dot) com was suggested ... It's not the cheapest but you can get premium (crushed) grapes from them delivered to you in Toronto.

GO LEAFS GO
If you are in Montreal definitely go to Piazza and get the premium Lodi grapes.
 

Donz

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 1, 2016
Messages
259
Reaction score
160
Did a quick search on the site but couldn't find anything concrete. Google hasn't been much help either. I've found one place in the city but I'm still searching for premium California/Washington/Oregon wine grape options in Toronto but can't seem to find any. Anyone know where to get some?

PS - I know Charles from Grapemasters has Chilean and Spanish musts which I will try, but he doesn't carry west coast produce.
Looks like there is one in Toronto as well. Never been however but Piazza in Montreal is great.

https://www.google.ca/search?source=hp&ei=bfijW4bEOqTbjwSJ4JGQAg&q=piazza+wine+mississauga&oq=piazza+wine+&gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.0l3j0i22i30k1l7.3971.7897.0.9737.12.11.0.1.1.0.111.1035.8j3.11.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.12.1052...0i131k1j0i10k1.0.K2HoXkJXtAw
 

Jbu50

Supporting Members
WMT Supporter
Joined
Sep 16, 2018
Messages
90
Reaction score
45
Location
Ontario
Yes, I know about Piazza in Mississauga, Ontario, but I don't normally go there to look so I have no idea what they have. Thanks for the tip!
 
Last edited:

jgareri

Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2017
Messages
61
Reaction score
11
Went to piazza 2 years ago. Grapes are okay but likely the same as what you'd get at the local grocery store parking lot. Nothing fancy, didn't have anything premium when I went. It was also not the best conditions for the grapes being out in the heat
 

Donz

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 1, 2016
Messages
259
Reaction score
160
Went to piazza 2 years ago. Grapes are okay but likely the same as what you'd get at the local grocery store parking lot. Nothing fancy, didn't have anything premium when I went. It was also not the best conditions for the grapes being out in the heat
Not the same here in Montreal. Tons of options (premium & regular) all kept indoors with the proper temp control.
 

Y_No

Junior
Joined
Sep 19, 2018
Messages
4
Reaction score
2
I did Charles Spanish Tempranillo and Merlot last season, big bodied, high BRIX, low acid product, super pleased with it.
Got mine from Piazza on Friday - 42# cases; also in MIssissauga - Burnhamthorpe Fruit Market; Toronto - Borselino & Son; Hamilton - MacNab Grape Company, Sam's Importing & Distr Co Ltd and maybe Costa's Wine Country Inc. - Check Google for others
 

jgareri

Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2017
Messages
61
Reaction score
11
Got mine from Piazza on Friday - 42# cases; also in MIssissauga - Burnhamthorpe Fruit Market; Toronto - Borselino & Son; Hamilton - MacNab Grape Company, Sam's Importing & Distr Co Ltd and maybe Costa's Wine Country Inc. - Check Google for others
I've done the 42 lb cases at Piazza - back in 2016. Not the best grapes, price point definitely reflected that at $38 per 42 lb lug. Not sure if they've changed or offer better stuff.

If you google Costa, they had some legal troubles a while back. I've tried to connect with Borsellino but didn't have much luck. I'm going to google the others
 
Top