Wild & Inspired Wines

The Wild & Inspired wine series is a commitment to making exceptional natural wild ferment wines at Georgian Hills winery from grapes grown and hand harvested at select vineyard sites in the Niagara Peninsula wine region.

Wild & Inspired wines tell a story of terroir; a reflection of soil, climate and the passion and creativity of the people that grow the grapes and make the wines.

The Grower

Craig Wismer, Wismer Vineyards, 20 Mile Bench, Vineland. By using meticulous viticulture practices, low cropping and hand-harvested fruit, the Wismer Vineyard soils, mostly of sedimentary clay / glacial gravels, are blessed by warmer escarpment air flow and even ripening.

The Winemakers

Thomas Bachelder, the Canadian ‘Terroir Gypsy, is the Chief Wine Advisor on the Wild & Inspired wine series. Thomas selects inspired grape growing sites, ensures optimum grape ripeness and working together with Vanessa McKean, Georgian Hills wine maker, create naturally wild-fermented wines.

Riesling 2017

VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA

A truly complex Riesling, the bouquet shows layers of grapefruit, peach, apricot and tangerine zest. Impressive richness and vibrancy in the mid-palate follow on with layers of citrus and passion fruit. Drier, Alsatian-styled, with outstanding persistence and a great slatey dolomitic limestone finish, the felicitous hallmark of the glaciers who carved out Niagara eons ago. A serious terroir wine; a serious food Riesling. Great from now to 2022.

11.5% alc./vol 750 ml


Pinot Noir

Cuvée Wismer Vineyards 2016

Blended from two separate Wismer Pinot Noir vineyards located at the very top of the 20-Mile Bench in Vineland, this wine has an exquisitely-perfumed bouquet of black currant, raspberry, and fruit compote, with savoury flavors of plum, raspberry and cherry and hints of toast and spice. Excellent balance between acidity and tannins with a pleasing, long, elegant finish. Best from 2019- 2024.

12.5% alc./vol 750 ml


Pinot Noir

Wismer Glen Elgin Single Vineyard 2016

At high altitude on the 20-Mile Bench, this wine has an exquisite sense of place: ethereal red raspberry, blackberry, black plums and toast abound on the nose. This Single-Vineyard Pinot shows rich, dense ripe flavors of juicy black fruit, cherry, raspberry and the flavours round out with a flourish of sweet spice, cedar, toasted oak. Exceptional mid palate structure of ripe, silky-soft tannins and acidity with amazing longevity on the long mineral finish. To be savoured between 2020 and 2025 for the perfume that will develop.

12.5% alc./vol 750 ml


Cabernet Franc

Wismer Wingfield Single Vineyard 2016

Considered one of the Iconic vineyards of the Niagara Escarpment, Wismer-Wingfield, is grown at the uppermost tip of the 20-Mile Bench, a vineyard with focus, minerality and intense fruit.
Enticing bouquet of black fruit, earthy tobacco leaf and wet leather; full, rich savory flavors of black plum, raspberry, cocoa, smoky bacon and burnt toast. The firm round tannins and lively acidity will evolve with age, making for a distinctive wine with elegance and charm, and a savoury sense of place. Drink young with food, or from 2020 to 2030 with immense pleasure.

13.5% alc./vol 750 ml


Chardonnay 2017

A classic example of cool climate Ontario Chardonnay, showing great tension between lively acidity, tight minerality, ripe fruit flavours and nuances of toasted oak.



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