“This is my first time at Konzelmann and the Fall Flights experience has made a great first impression,” enthused Welland resident Makaylah McNulty.
McNulty and her fellow novice wine enthusiast, Erin Longo, waited over a month to enjoy their exclusive wine-tasting. “We missed the Summer Sips experience and wanted to make sure we made it to the fall one,” says Longo.
Konzelmann transitioned from their outdoor Summer Sips wine-tasting experience, which featured their famous Peachwine Sangria on their outdoor patio to a more autumnal vibe by serving Pumpkin Spice Mulled Wine on the enclosed patio around a private fire pit. This tasting experience includes three wines paired with locally sourced charcuterie. On offer is the 2019 Reserve Series Late Harvest Gewürztraminer and a choice of the Lakefront Series Pinot Noir or the Lakefront Series Shiraz. The tasting is completed with the warmed mulled wine-topped cranberries paired with a luscious mini berry doughnut, or paczki. Guests leave with their own packet of mulling spices to take home.
“Our private outdoor experiences continue to be a great success, and have been very well received by our guests,” says Andrew Niven, director of marketing and hospitality. “We look forward to introducing our new winter experience, Fireside Flights, the beginning of December. This new experience gives guests exclusive access to our enclosed winter patio, in the safety and comfort of your very own private fire pit. Wrap yourself up in a complimentary take-home blanket, while sampling seasonal wines, including our award winning Icewine, paired with a gourmet s’mores board. Truly a winter wine
country experience, like no other.”
The Fall Flights and upcoming Fireside Flights are $30 a person, and about 45 minutes in duration. Reservations are required, and can be booked for a maximum of four people per group. Konzelmann also offers a designated driver option for $15, which includes everything but the wine tastings. These experiences are in an enclosed patio area. Although you are near a fire pit, it provides more ambiance than warmth, so remember to dress appropriately for the weather.
Staff also asks patrons to arrive 10 minutes before your reservation to maximize your time.
In addition to the outdoor private tastings, Konzelmann also offers public tastings in the main building. You can choose from a 25-minute seated tasting or a more in-depth 45-minute seated tasting designed for groups of up to 10 people.
If you want to get even more involved, participate in one of their T’is the Season themed workshops. On Dec. 3, starting at 6 p.m., patrons are invited to enjoy some wine while learning how to create memorable macramé ornaments for their Christmas trees. The workshop is hosted by Konzelmann and Ashley D’elia, crafter and founder of Knotted by Ash.
Or try Christmas Winter Wonderland Cookie Decorating with Sydney & Jen. This workshop pairs wine tastings and cookie decorating, with local bakers, Jen Hamm and Sydney Sauriol, providing the cookies, all the materials you’ll need, and step-by-step instructions to create youar own holiday cookies with style.
Each workshop is $69.95 per person and includes a structured wine tasting experience with a Konzelmann senior wine consultant, including three pre-selected wines, two ounces each, and a five-ounce glass of Holiday Sangria (white wine or non-alcoholic). They will run approximately three hours. Booking is easy on the Konzelmann.ca website, or contact the retail store for more information at 905-935-2866 ext 430.