CCOVI’s Great Chardo Swap pits east vs. west
A dozen Niagara winemakers are making one-of-a-kind wines to showcase the local industry at an international event.
The project, called The Great Chardo Swap, has six winemakers from east of the Welland Canal making wine from Chardonnay grapes grown on the west side of the canal, and six winemakers from the west side making wine from grapes grown on the east side.
Organized by Brock University Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Oenologist Belinda Kemp, the project showcases terroir and winemaker ingenuity through Niagara Chardonnay. Other than using the same juice, closures and bottles, winemakers have free rein to craft their wines however they like.