Two new reasons to raise a glass to the NC Teaching Winery

When it comes to award wins at the Niagara College Teaching Winery, the apple doesn’t fall far from the vines.

The Teaching Winery, based at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, was celebrated with new awards this month for its wine and hard cider. Its 2013 Prodigy Icewine won Best in Show Dessert Wine at the 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Wine Competition, and its Cider 101 won a gold medal at the United States Open Cider Championship.

Steve Gill, general manager of Niagara College’s Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery, said that he is proud of the staff and students who are at the core of the teaching winery’s successes.

“These awards are a testament to the high quality of education we provide and we hope they cultivate a passion for excellence in our students,” he said.


2013 Dean’s List Prodigy Icewine reigns at the Royal

It’s time to roll out the red carpet for the Teaching Winery’s 2013 Prodigy Icewine, after it won Best in Show Dessert Wine at the 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Wine Competition. The competition, run in cooperation with the Independent Wine Educators Guild under the direction of Chris Waters (chief judge), showcases the best in VQA Ontario wines.    

College winemaker Gavin Robertson, who is also a graduate of NC’s Winery and Viticulture Technician program (2011), noted that while all wines at the NC Teaching Winery are made in collaboration with students, the Icewine harvest offers students a unique learning experience like no other. 

“Nothing says ‘applied education’ like waking up in the middle of the night to join your classmates in a frigid, snowy vineyard, under floodlights, to pick and press grapes, and we do a great job at rousing extra faculty, administrators and friends with the students as well,” said Robertson. “We engage our wine students in the Icewine making process all the way from grape to glass.”

2013 Dean’s List Prodigy Icewine also won a Double Gold at the 2017 All Canadian Wine Championships.

The Teaching Winery’s past successes at the Royal include a Best in Show Overall wine award in 2015 (2012 Dean’s List Merlot). For more info about the competition visit


NC’s ‘cider house’ rules at U.S. Open

For the second consecutive year, Cider 101 scooped up a gold medal in the New World Cider category at the United States Open Cider Championships.

A spin-off from the renowned U.S. Open Beer Championships, the third annual cider championships drew 240 cider entries from cideries, breweries, and wineries across North America and the United Kingdom. Medal winners in 20 categories were announced on November 20, after the final round of judging was held at the Big Ditch Brewing Company in Buffalo, New York.

This isn’t the first medal for Cider 101 since the teaching winery ventured into hard cider two years ago. In 2016, it has won gold at the U.S. Open as well as a bronze at the Ontario Cider Awards.

For info about the competition visit


Launched in 2002, the Niagara College Teaching Winery is the first and only commercial teaching winery in Canada. Products from the Niagara College Teaching Winery are available for purchase at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre retail store, located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus (135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake) or online at


Niagara College offers more than 100, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit




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