Henry of Pelham Unveils Plan to Promote Local Sustainable Food and Wine

Toronto, March 25, 2008 - Renowned Ontario winery, Henry of Pelham, unveiled an innovative agri-tourism project to promote local sustainable food and wine while also announcing that it is the first vineyard in Ontario to be Local Food Plus (LFP) certified. “Since the 1790’s, our family has stewarded this land, and we are proud to carry forward this progressive tradition by being the first vineyard to certify with LFP,” said Daniel Speck, co-owner of the winery with his brothers Paul and Matthew.

LFP certification provides independent verification that the vineyard uses environmentally and socially sustainable production practices. The winery will be promoting the concept of local sustainability this year with an innovative series of events called “The Dirty Hands Project.”

Wine enthusiasts are invited to visit the winery on June 21 for an eco-tour, tasting and vine planting demonstration that includes a free vine for participants to take home. The winery is located in Southern Ontario’s Greenbelt one hour from Toronto in Niagara’s prestigious Short Hills Bench.

“We want people to visit the winery and understand that every time they drink a bottle of our wine they have preserved 1 square metre of farmland in the Greenbelt for future generations,” said Speck.

On September 22 the winery will host an event called "Harvest with Henry." Participants will experience picking grapes and a cellar hands’ lunch that will conclude with an elegant tasting of their acclaimed Cuvée Catharine Brut sparkling wine.

“Eating and drinking local sustainable food is about more than the environment”, said Speck in describing their program. “It is also about a cultural experience. The wine has to deliver an experience that starts in the vineyard and ends on your family’s dinner table.”

Henry of Pelham sells award winning Pinot Noir, Baco Noir, Cabernet-Merlot, Riesling and Chardonnay. Jancis Robinson, editor of the Oxford Companion to Wine, recently declared their 2004 Riesling Icewine as one of Canada’s top ten wines. The winery also recently won the coveted Cuvée Gold Award for its 2006 Reserve Riesling, which was also featured in the CBC documentary Wine Confidential.

“We shovel planted those vines as kids,” Speck proudly exclaimed. “Here’s a highly regarded , small production, single vineyard, Short Hills Bench wine of top quality, sitting right on the shelf of many LCBO stores for under $15. The international acclaim we’ve received shows you what Niagara has to offer.”

“We’re pleased to certify Henry of Pelham’s vineyard and partner with them to promote agri-tourism that highlights local sustainable food,” said Mike Schreiner, Vice President of LFP. “LFP understands that creating links between farmers and value-driven consumers is essential to building local sustainable food systems.”

LFP is an award winning non-profit organization that brings farmers and consumers to the table to share in the benefits of environmentally and socially responsible food production.

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For a PDF of this press release, click here.

For more information contact: Daniel Speck Co-owner, Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery 416-727-2381dspeck@henryofpelham.comwww.henryofpelham.com Mike Schreiner Vice President, Local Food Plus 416-699-6070, ext 223 mike@localfoodplus.ca www.localfoodplus.ca

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