Ferox by Fabian Reis has been named the official white wine for the Ontario Legislature for 2023, one of three wines to receive the prestigious designation for the coming year.
The Niagara-on-the-Lake winery’s 2020 White Ferox by Fabian Reis received the honour after a special tasting event held at Queen’s Park and a vote by MPPs who sampled different wines.
The designation means that Ferox will be served at Queen’s Park’s on-site restaurant and at events held in the legislative building.
“As one of Ontario’s newest wineries, this is a special honour that showcases our commitment to producing high-quality wines,” said Fabian Reis, Ferox’s vintner and co-owner of the winery with his wife Stephanie.
“We’re excited that our sustainable, precise approach to making great wine is being recognized and that people who work at and visit Queen’s Park will be able to enjoy and learn more about what we do,” said Stephanie Reis.
Ferox’s white will be joined at Queen’s Park by a 2017 cabernet merlot from Kacaba in Vineland and a sparkling Borealis 2021 Method Charmat by Hinterland, in Prince Edward County.
Ferox and its companions were chosen from among samples provided by seven Ontario wineries competing for the annual honour of becoming Queen’s Park’s official VQA selection.
“The wines showcased at this event reflect the connection between 100 per cent Ontario-grown grapes and the winemakers who craft them,” said Debbie Zimmerman, chief executive of the Grape Growers of Ontario.
Ferox, whose name comes from the Latin word for fierce, began with three barrels of wine produced in 2015.
In 2018, the couple purchased the Vignoble Rancourt winery. The winery is completing an extensive renovation of its facilities to enhance its production methods and capabilities.