Ontario (Beamsville Bench)
Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery is an artisanal winery dedicated to producing internationally recognized, superior wines made exclusively with estate grown fruit from the Beamsville Bench VQA sub-appellation. Hidden Bench is quality focused and terroir driven whose varietal focus is Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. The Hidden Bench team apply sustainable best practices in the vineyard and at the winery to reduce the impact of their footprint on the environment, their neighbours and society as a whole. They use environmentally sound practices and products wherever possible in the making and marketing of their wines.
Harald Thiel and family founded the winery in 2003 and are passionate that great wines are created in the vineyard where their winemaking starts. Their philosophy includes sustainable practices coupled with a tremendous amount of hand labour permit them to keep their vines in balance. Furthermore, they strongly believe that clean fresh fruit produces superior wine and, as such, they individually bunch sort all of their white wine varietals and bunch sort and then individually berry sort all of their red wine varietals. This approach focuses on less is more with the gentle handling of the wine and patience throughout the winemaking process.