Magnotta is Ontario's third largest winery and the only company of its kind in Canada licensed to produce and sell wine, beer and distilled products. With over 3500 awards to date for product excellence, Magnotta is Canada's most award winning winery.
Magnotta is the proud recipient of Vaughan's Business of the Year Award and a platinum member of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies.
Magnotta offers an exceptional winery experience with over 180 VQA and International Series wines to enjoy, gourmet food items and accessories, displays of original artwork, tours of our wine making facilities, product tasting bars, weekly in-store events, expertly trained staff and winery direct pricing.
The History of Magnotta Winery The road to Magnotta’s success has been paved with adversity, innovation, creativity, good people and great wine. In 1990, Co-Founders Gabe and Rossana Magnotta saw a world of opportunity through entrepreneurial eyes and the public was quick to recognize the quality and value of the products they created. In less than 15 years, Magnotta became Ontario’s 3rd largest winery in volume of sales. It was the LCBO’s last minute announcement in 1990 that they had no shelf space available for Magnotta products that triggered an emergency re-draft of their marketing plans. Selling directly to the public, they overcame adversity, offering consumers a high-quality, low-cost alternative that earned the company the mark of excellence. Ten and a half years later, Magnotta and the LCBO reached a mediated settlement; this brought some of Magnotta’s Icewines into select LCBO stores across Ontario. Today, Magnotta Winery has multiple locations, strategically located throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Southwestern Ontario and the Niagara Peninsula. Magnotta’s 75,000 square foot flagship head office, winery, brewery, and distillery is located in Vaughan, Ontario, just a few minutes north of Toronto. Opened in May of 1997, this architectural triumph is the extraordinary vision of both Rossana and Gabe. It features a state of the art wine making facility, microbrewery, copper pot distillery, extensive original art gallery (remarkable paintings and exquisite sculptures) and an impressive wine boutique. The winery is visited by thousands of tourists and customers annually; all are swept away by its graceful ambiance and creative display of truly exceptional world-class wines. The company has more than 180 acres of vineyards in the heart of Ontario’s Niagara grape growing region. Located in Niagara, Magnotta Beamsville houses a state of the art crushing facility–this allows the winery to have complete control over the quality of the press. With numerous VQA varietals now available, this standard of quality control is very important. In addition to its vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula, Magnotta’s own international vineyards include over 351 acres in the Maipo Valley, Chile’s most sought after growing region. With the recent international interest in and praise of South American wines, Magnotta is again on the cutting edge, offering a diverse selection of Chilean blends. With increased capacity, Magnotta continues to grow and expand its market.
Nestled in the heart of Ontario's Niagara wine region, located 20 minutes from Hamilton directly off the QEW Niagara (Exit 64), our Beamsville winery houses Magnotta's expansive production facilities.
This tour takes you behind the scenes where grapes from Magnotta's own Niagara vineyards are crushed and pressed. See the Harvest Room and get a close-up look at the Icewine presses used to make Canada's most award winning Icewines. Beamsville also features Ontario's first Amarone-style VQA Wine Drying Room. You may even experience a rare treat and see a real cooper (barrel maker) working on-site. Then, head over to the complimentary tasting bar to sample several of Magnotta's world-class wines. This location also features displays of original artwork by local and international artists which have inspired Magnotta's wine label designs.
Both the Vaughan and Beamsville locations are open to the public all year round, 7 days a week. Group and private tours at Magnotta can be modified to meet individual needs. We invite you to visit Magnotta and explore our facilities, meet our informative, friendly staff and discover a new world of wine. We are confident that you will find both of these exceptional facilities excellent additions to your itinerary.
If you're a wine lover who wants to ask a lot of questions, we have a truly friendly winery experience waiting for you. We offer 20-minute, complimentary public tours daily at 2:00 pm as well as group and bus tours by reservation that take you behind the scenes of Magnotta's state-of-the-art winemaking facilities. Special VIP private tours are also available.