The Trius Winery Experience
Trius Winery is a Niagara winemaking pioneer. For more than 30 years, we have been crafting fine VQA wines from premium grapes grown in the four appellations of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Nestled between the Niagara escarpment and Lake Ontario, we have made our home in a wine growing region that provides the diversity to grow a number of varietals in unique growing conditions.
Our winery provides both a wine and culinary journey like no other. Our wines and menus are inspired by the seasonal evolution of the vines that surround us, and the local produce that grows beside them.
About our Winemaker Craig McDonald
Australian born Craig McDonald leads our winemaking team, crafting VQA wines for Trius Winery. Craig's talent in crafting premium wines has been honed over 28 vintages in a number of countries, including the U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He has devoted the last 20 vintages to creating award-winning VQA wines in Niagara, and was named Ontario Winemaker of the Year in 2008.
Believing that winemaking starts in the vineyard, Craig looks to our fertile land to inspire and guide his "hands-on" winemaking style: "Being in tune with the vineyard and adapting to the specific growing season is fundamental to our winemaking. Only when we have attained this synchronicity can we then add our personal touch."
Under Craig’s guidance we look forward to further building Trius' long standing reputation as an award-winning wine producer and leading wine and food destination in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
5 Questions with Executive Chef Frank Dodd
What did you have for dinner last night?
Beef sandwich made by my sous chef stood in the kitchen just before dinner service.
If you weren’t a chef, what would you do for a living?
Like most kids at heart it changes on the day or the weather. Cooking is a passion so it’s very hard to want to give it up.
What ingredient can you not live without?
Salt. It’s the secret ingredient that lots of people don’t know how to use properly.
Person you would most like to cook for?
My wife. On the rare occasions we do find time together, I like to impress.
Do you have any pet peeves?
Far too many to mention.
Location: The Loft at Trius Winery
Left: Chef Frank Dodd
Right: Winemaker Craig McDonald