Southbrook Vineyards earns Spirit of Niagara Award
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Southbrook Vineyards was named Company of the Year in the Spirit of Niagara Awards presented by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier, owners and proprietors of the organic and biodynamic Niagara-based winery, accepted the award on Feb. 7 at Queens Landing.
Presented by chamber president Rainer Hummel, the Company of the Year award recognizes a business that has made a significant impact on its industry by demonstrating outstanding growth and development.
“The Company of the Year winners for the past few years
are the bedrock of the business community,” Hummel said in a news
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“Every year the committee reviews the numerous nominations and selects just one company that represents excellence, setting a new standard for corporate creativity and outstanding leadership. This year’s winner achieved their status in a different way, with a philosophy they’ve adopted in their company.”
Southbrook Vineyards was the first winery in Canada to be certified by Demeter, the worldwide organization that oversees biodynamic agriculture, which involves hand work, natural inputs, attentive vineyard care and self-sufficiency.
“When they do that and then promote the wines from a LEED Gold certified building, a building that has sheep grazing in front of a stunning 200 meter long wall attached to the hospitality pavilion, they certainly make a positive impact,” Hummel said.
Southbrook Vineyards grows 60 acres of wine grapes on a 150-acre diversified farm.
“We are thrilled and honoured with the Spirit of Niagara Award,” said Bill Redelmeier.
“Our focus is on the importance of organic and biodynamic viticulture in the production of great wine, something which places us on the leading edge of winemaking globally. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to be recognized as the leader by our own community.”
Other food and hospitality winners
Richard Reid, the executive director of sales and operations at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa, was the recipient of the Celia Liu Award for Excellence in Hospitality
The Community Leadership Award was presented to Vintage Hotels and Parks Canada for its efforts to create the outdoor rink at Fort George.
The President’s Company of the Year was Greaves Jams and Marmalades.