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Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling 2021 a Winner

Posted 7/8/2023

Megalomaniac Wines Narcissist Riesling 2021Megalomaniac Wines Narcissist Riesling 2021

 

Today I visited Megalomaniac Wines and tried the  award-winning Narcissist Riesling 2021.

Megalomaniac's Riesling won the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario's Gold Ontario Wine Award in 2023.


This understated, light Riesling is indeed a winner. On the nose it's sweet and melon-like with slight grassy hints. Fresh citrus bursts upon the first taste, followed by a smooth medium-long finish. It's an elegant Riesling that's deep and satisfying while light, especially when paired with seafood or other light fare.

A classy winery experience

Megalomaniac is the epitome of class, with views that encompass Toronto, other Vineland wineries, the Niagara Falls mist and Niagara Falls hotels towering at the horizon.

 

The winery has mastered the art of featuring breathtaking beauty in its tasting experience. Upon entering and exiting Megalomaniac Wines, you drive through majestic vineyards and pass grand chateaux in the neighbourhood. You arrive at an elegant bar-style tasting area that's relaxed and urbane, with an adjoining tree top terrace that offers spectacular views.

 Megalomaniac view and private tasting roomMegalomaniac view and private tasting room

 

 

The feeling of special indulgence doesn’t end there. A high-end private tasting room one floor up with chandeliers and a second floor terrace awaits. Unique arty decor makes you look as you descend the stairs. The experience makes you feel on top of the world just for a moment. 

Megalomaniac Wines' Vineland location

Having the best view of Niagara wine country from the vineyard with the region's highest elevation lets you feel Megalomaniac’s special isolation and beauty. There is a wild, liberating feeling at this vineyard. Megalomaniac is in an environment that you just don’t want to leave.

 

Whether you drive to the winery from Highway 8 and climb to its entrance along Cherry Street, or travel up Highway 24 from the QEW and traverse across Moyer Road to the estate, once you get there you are surrounded by majestic vineyards that hug the curves of the hilly landscape. 

 

Megalomaniac vineyardMegalomaniac vineyard

 

Sampling a range of quality wines at Megalomaniac Wines


When my party and I went for an elegant tasting experience a couple of summers ago, we were ushered into the gorgeous private tasting area. Our sommelier explained each wine to us as well as how different sediments affect wine production. We tasted four of their most popular wines, introducing us to Megalomaniac’s diverse and satisfying selection:

  • Sparkling Personality – a sparkling wine that goes down light and easy – fresh, exuberant and clean – it tasted citrusy with no bitterness
  • Local Squeeze – a sweet and fruity Riesling with a touch of an earthy aftertaste
  • Selfie – full, bright and slightly spicy Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir – new – very dry and “green”

Megalomaniac Wines' marketing genius

On both visits, Megalomaniac’s marketing strategy stood out for me. During times of social distancing, the winery focused on rentals for weddings and other events. At that time paid search campaigns kept their ads following me around on the internet, keeping them top of mind.

 

Now the focus is on up-close winery tastings, with the brand's amplification already well established. Every minute of a guest's experience is well thought out to the point of perfection.

 

Everyone representing the winery and its wines is informed, welcoming and accommodating. Since some members of my party were concerned about social distancing on our last visit, we were whisked into a private tasting room surrounded by glass. Our expert wine tasting guide told us stories about the wine courses he takes at Megalomaniac, John Howard’s former ownership of neighbouring Vineland Estates Winery, and how he decided on Megalomaniac’s name.

 

The winery’s logo depicts a gent in a bowler hat without a face. The visual branding is a brilliant extension of how Megalomaniac originally was named. The story goes that the owner told his friends that he wanted to name his winery after himself. His friends mocked him for the idea, calling him a megalomaniac for considering it. Thus was the brand’s faceless man and the name “Megalomaniac Wines” born.

Megalomaniac staff have expert WSET3 knowledge

On today's visit, I was immediately greeted by David, who explained the features of the popular Riesling 2021. As he took me upstairs through the private tasting room to the upper balcony, he mentioned his WSET3 designation - which endlessly impressed me.  When I said I write Niagara winery reviews as a hobby, he told me he works at Megalomaniac just for fun in his spare time.

 

The last time my family and I visited Megalomaniac, our tasting host was a school teacher in Niagara-on-the-lake who worked summers as a Megalomaniac sommelier. I don't know - the place just draws you in and keeps you.

 

Megalomaniac Wines is a special destination I would book a visit at again, just to sit at the sophisticated tasting bar and sample their Pinot or Sauvignon Blanc. And experience that top of the world feeling again.

 

Megalomaniac Wines

905.562.5155 or 1.888.MEGALO1