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Meet John Battista Calvieri of Hubbs Creek Vineyard

Originally published by Watershed Magazine.
Words by Signe Langford. Photos by Tara McMullen

At Hubbs Creek Vineyard, the vines grow atop a 500 million-year-old geological feature – the Lindsay Formation – and old rocks and soil result in complex wines. The family planted their first vines in 2002 in the vineyard that sits on six acres in Hillier, near Wellington. The vineyard is best-known for its Burgundian-style grapes, growing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, as well as a tiny experimental plot of Dolcetto.

Mother Nature has taken winemakers and brothers, John Battista Calvieri and Joseph Calvieri, on a rollercoaster ride since putting those first roots down. According to the brothers, “Growing grapes, especially Pinot Noir, has been challenging due to the harsh winter conditions in Prince Edward County. The winters of 2004 and 2005 were particularly severe, and a lot of vines were lost, but we are expanding our product line to include Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.”

Enid Grace – featured in a recent piece, Coupe de Grace, thinks pink: “Hubbs Creek makes mostly small batch and I think sells out every season; their rosé is unmatched!”

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