The roots of our award winning, eco-friendly, Twenty Mile Bench winery.

Featherstone Estate Winery is owned and operated by David Johnson and Louise Engel. This husband and wife team initially gained fame in the Guelph area for The Guelph Poultry Gourmet Market, which they established in 1986. They came to the wine industry from careers dedicated to excellence in food and a passion for wine.

David and Louise purchased their vineyard in 1999. It was fully planted to grapes that were being sold to a large wine conglomerate. Over a period of several years, the Featherstone winery was built and fewer grapes were sold off. At the same time, upgrades were being made to some of the grape varieties that were planted. The Vidal and Seyval were removed and replaced with Merlot and Pinot Noir. Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc – planted in 1986 – were left to thrive. The Riesling, planted in 1978, is some of the oldest Riesling in Niagara. Today the entire grape crop is bottled to produce Featherstone wines, with approximately 8,000 cases a year being vinified.

The winery has distinguished itself in Niagara as being insecticide-free since 1999 and practitioners of eco-friendly farming.

Special Awards

2019 Winemaker of the Year

Joy at Featherstone! And we’re not talking about our Cuveé Joy Sparkling wine this time – although there is definitely some of that in our glass! At the 2019 Ontario Wine Awards presentation our very own David Johnson was named Winemaker of the Year.  He’s humbled and overwhelmed, and pretty darn happy! The timing is great – the Ontario Wine Awards are celebrating their 25th year, and here at Featherstone, we’re celebrating our 20th vintage. We’re appreciative that David’s talent and hard work are being recognized, and of course, David is quick to share the accolades with our fantastic team.

2017: Elsie Award
2014: Elsie Award

The LCBO honours its suppliers and their agents for innovation, creativity and commitment to customer service and social responsibility at the Elsie Awards

2009: Niagara Escarpment Achievement Award, awarded by the NEC

Celebrating outstanding achievements and inspiring individuals who have made the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve a better place to live and work.

2008: Premier’s Award for Agri-Innovation Excellence | for use of lambs in the vineyard
2009: Premier’s Award for Agri-Innovation Excellence | for use of falcons in the vineyard

This award program supports and recognizes the dedication, hard work and innovation of local agri-food businesses and individuals who are adding value to existing products, helping create jobs and contributing to economic growth.

2003: Grape King

The Grape King award represents a 60 year old tradition in the Grape and Wine Industry. The title of Grape King is bestowed annually upon a grape grower who exemplifies excellence in the vineyard and is recognized as the most outstanding grape grower in Ontario. Nominees are suggested by fellow growers and the Grape King serves as an ambassador for the growers across the province.

Featherstone Estate Winery

3678 Victoria Avenue
Vineland, ON
Canada, L0R 2C0
Tel:(905) 562-1949

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