The Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery Experience
Nestled among the vineyards in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the new Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery is the first of its kind in the region, featuring both wine and distilling production. The summer water feature next to the Great Lawn becomes an ice rink in winter, complete with a ‘loonie’ buried at centre ice, dropped by The Great One himself at the groundbreaking ceremony in September, 2015
About our Winemaker Craig McDonald
Award winning winemaker, Craig McDonald actually abandoned a career as an accountant to pursue his passion. Two Ontario Winemaker of the Year Awards later, it would seem he made the right choice. As the founding winemaker and creator of Wayne Gretzky Wines, Craig continues a stellar career that has covered the wine regions of Oregon, New Zealand and his homeland of Australia.
About our Master Distiller, Joshua Beach
Not long after graduating with MSc in Brewing and Distilling from Scotland's prestigious Heriot Watt, Josh returned to Canada to start his own distillery. Quickly earning a reputation as a rising star of Canada's whisky scene, he now brings his passion, wisdom and uniquely untraditional touch to our genuinely trardional Canadian whisky.
Location: Wayne Gretzky Estates
Our state-of-the-art distillery offers a full grain-to-glass experience, guided tastings, a cocktail bar and our own in-house mixologist, as well as a wide selection of Gretzky merchandise for your to take home.