We arrived at opening on Saturday morning and were greeted by Joe Di Profio Sr. He and his partner Carollynn Desjardinas are the heart and soul of Di Profio Wines, although it's certainly a family affair. Their son Fred is the head winemaker at Di Profio and son Joe Jr. is also involved, though from a distance as he currently lives in Halifax.
Fred is a seasoned wine industry veteran and Joe Sr. had grown up in a wine-making family, so they certainly had a good basis for their new venture. The vineyard they bought came with a large, spacious house, so they've also opened Among the Vines, a charming B&B that sits at the top of their drive - only a short hop away from their new tasting bar, The Zinc.
Our next wine was the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a great wine for fall. The tannins are nicely balanced and it has a nice spicy feel. We also picked up a bottle of this wine, as I suspect Shawn will really enjoy it.
We also had the opportunity to tour the winery while we were visiting. Di Profio doesn't currently offer regular winery tours, but they are more than happy to show you around if they have someone available to take you.
Below are some of the photos from our tour.
Di Profio may be the new kid on the block in Jordan/Niagara, but their wines are already standing side by side with their more established neighbours. We so enjoyed meeting the family and the lovely Cellar Sisters, who were visiting that day. The Cellar Sisters represent the winery as agents, but were there to help with harvest right alongside Joe, Carollynn and Fred.
We will definitely be back to visit Di Profio on our next trip to the area - and we're hopeful that this time we'll be able to snag a room at Among the Vines.
If you liked this post, you might also enjoy Wines in Niagara's post about Di Profio's opening weekend. Rick VanSickle has some great photos and tasting notes for even more wines.