Wine grad behind new De Simone Vineyards in NOTL


A Niagara College grad is behind a new winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Vincenzo De Simone was a 2011 graduate of NC’s Winery and Viticulture Technician program. He is taking on the role of winemaker at  De Simone Vineyards.

The winery celebrated its grand opening on the weekend of August 5-7. It is located at 865 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake.

About Vincenzo De Simone

As a young child, Vincenzo Robert De Simone always enjoyed listening to stories of his family members and their winemaking history. Little did he know that he would one day follow a similar path. Not only did he listen to their stories, but winemaking was also in his blood. He spent over 9 years mastering his winemaking techniques and skills at various local wineries before embarking on his own adventure.

Vincenzo also studied winemaking at Niagara College, graduating in 2011 from the Winery and Viticulture program. Vincenzo strongly believes in the saying “great wine is made in the vineyard”, and is very knowledgeable in both viticulture and winemaking practices.

The techniques he uses in the vineyard are the first step to creating premium, high quality wines. “Winemaking is an art”, says Vincenzo, “but it must be felt from the heart”. Vincenzo is very passionate about winemaking and he puts his skills to the test when it comes to making wine. He takes a lot of pride in what he does and it shows in the final product.

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