Colio Estate Wines

January 24, 2005 15:09 ET

CELEBRATING SILVER…SIPPING GOLD

Attention: Assignment Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, Lifestyle Editor HARROW, ONTARIO, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 24, 2005) - Colio Estate Wines is proud to announce that 2005 marks their 25th anniversary, an achievement shared by only a few in the country's relatively youthful wine industry. To commemorate this landmark, the Canadian-owned company has celebrations planned throughout the coming year.

As a winery, Colio's journey began in 1980, the year they opened their winery doors in Harrow, Ontario. It was also the year that Carlo Negri joined the team as Master Winemaker. This was a move that would ultimately determine the company's longevity and success, in both the Canadian and international arenas. Though his background and traditional training were well known then, his ceaseless passion would be witnessed over time.

For the past twenty-five years it has been that passion that has won the company hundreds of medals in global wine competitions. And, from its humble beginnings, today the showpiece winery produces 1.2 million litres annually and owns 200 acres of vineyards in the Lake Erie North Shore.

The year-long 25th celebrations were launched in mid-November with a 2005 calendar featuring recipes from some of their many partners in the hospitality industry. This was followed in late December with the release of two 25th Anniversary Editions of the Carlo Negri Signature series-the 2002 CEV Carlo Negri Signature Meritage and the 2002 CEV Carlo Negri Signature Cabernet Sauvignon.

Commenting on the wines, Jim Clark, President of Colio Estate Wines stated, "These limited edition, individually numbered products of exquisite VQA Lake Erie North Shore pedigree are super-premium entries with cutting edge packaging design. We think of them as fashioned on passion."

Along with these new releases, a full slate of events and marketing activities has been planned for the celebrations including customer appreciation days at the winery and at the 14 Wine Region of Colio Estate retail boutiques across the province.

A quarter of a century is a milestone in this business that would not be possible without the support and loyalty of customers, business partners, suppliers and dedicated employees. As well, it is recognition for the other entrepreneurs in the nation's wine industry whom, along with Colio, have put Canadian wines on the world stage. All will be invited to share in the upcoming festivities.

"We recognize that twenty-five years in a competitive, ever changing and growing industry such as ours is very unique. But really the strength and recognition of our company here in our home market and abroad are tributes to all those who helped us get to this point. We share this occasion with them and those who will be there for the next twenty-five," beamed Mr. Clark, reflecting on the silver anniversary and sipping on the gold-medal winning CEV Lily sparkling.

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Contact Information

  • Jim Clark, Preisdent, Colio Estate Wines
    Primary Phone: 905-896-8512 ext. 227
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0802
    E-mail: jimclark@coliowines.com