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By: Witty Wine Critic

Chateau Niagara Winery Cabernet Franc

Nestled on the serene banks of the 18 Mile creek in Newfane, the Chateau Niagara Winery stands as a beacon of vinicultural prowess on the Niagara Lake Plain. Embracing a perfect mélange of passion, innovation, and tradition, the winery has been the dream vision of Jim and Kathy…

By: Wine Folly

Chateau Niagara Winery - A Brief History

Born out of our love of fine wines and delicious food, Chateau Niagara Winery has become the premiere location for fine wines on the Niagara Lake Plain.

In June of 2006 our odyssey began when we purchased 31 acres of prime farmland on the banks of 18 Mile…

By: Lake Ontario Living

Chateau Niagara Winery & Vineyards – Newfane, NY

If you want an ordinary bottle of vino, head to your nearest liquor store. However, if you want fine dry vino that comes corked with a well of information, you need to head quickly to Chateau Niagara, hands down.

A most unlikely pair of husband-and-wife Vintners…

By: Wine Traveler

Best Niagara Escarpment Wineries to Visit this Year

For the past few decades, Buffalo has been the punch line of far too many jokes. Toss out a rustbelt quip and you’ll quickly see locals bristle because they know what you don’t: Buffalo has seen an unprecedented resurgence in recent years. Where there were once desolate districts…

By: WPA Wine Pirate

Chateau Niagara Saperavi Express 2020

I’ve not met Jim Baker in person, though our paths have crossed on many occasions in wine social media. Jim noticed that one of my interests is under-the-radar wineries and individuals who courageously go their own way. Jim offered to send me a couple bottles of Chateau Niagara wines…

By: WPA Wine Pirate

Chateau Niagara Bulls Blood 2019

I’ve not met Jim Baker in person, though our paths have crossed on many occasions in wine social media. Jim noticed that one of my interests is under-the-radar wineries and individuals who courageously go their own way. Jim offered to send me a couple bottles of Chateau Niagara wines…

By: Foodwineclick

Porc Au Pruneaux with Chateau Niagara

I’ve not met Jim Baker in person, though our paths have crossed on many occasions in wine social media. Jim noticed that one of my interests is under-the-radar wineries and individuals who courageously go their own way. Jim offered to send me a couple bottles of Chateau Niagara wines…

By: WPA Wine Pirate

Take Me To Church

Kagor is traditionally a fortified dessert wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Saperavi, and other varieties of red grapes in the coastal area surrounding the Black Sea. Kagor was originally made for the Russian Orthodox Church as a sacramental wine.Finding American-made Kagor…

By: East Coast Wineries

Three Wines From Chateau Niagara - A Lovely Surprise (NY)

In June of 2006 Jim and Kathy Baker bought 31 acres of farmland on the banks of 18 Mile creek in Newfane. They began planting grapes, including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and  Bleaufrankish as well as a few…

By: Kathryn Anywhere

Niagara Wine Country – How To Spend A Couple of Days in New York State

I’m the first to admit that I thought that Niagara Wine Country ended at the border to the United States. I believed that there was only wine production on the Ontario side of Niagara, not on the New York side. Like the border was this imaginary line where the topography stopped…

By: Richard Rocca – American Wine Society

Fetească Neagră

Since ancient times vinters around the world have been searching for distinctive grape varieties to plant in their vineyards to imporove the quality of their wine. Fetească Neagră also known as the “Black Maiden,” is one such grape. Jim Baker’s latest bold ventur is centered around bringing legendary Old World grape varieties to his vineyard.

Chateau Niagara Winery Awards

2023 AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION
 
2020 Cabernet Franc Appassimento Gold 91 pts.
2020 Saperavi Silver 88 pts.
2020 Trinity Silver 89 pts.
 
2022 AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION
 
2020 Cabernet Franc Gold 91
2020 Saperavi Silver 88
2018 Cabernet Franc Gold 90
2020 Trinity Silver 89
2019 Cabernet Franc Appassimento Silver 86
 
2021 AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION
 
2019 Riesling Silver (88)
2019 Gerwurztraminer Silver (88)
2019 Cabernet Franc Appasimento Silver (87)
2019 Saperavi Silver (87)
2018 Trinity Reserve Silver (88)
2019 Cabernet Franc Silver (86)
 
2019 NEW YORK WINE CLASSIC
 
2016 Saperavi Silver
 
2018 GREAT AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
 
2016 Kagor Gold
2016 Cabernet Franc Silver
2017 Riesling Rosine Bronze
 
2022 NEW YORK WINE CLASSIC
 
2018 Cabernet Franc Silver 85
2018 Trinity Reserve Bronze 84
 
2022 AMERICAN FINE WINE ROSE COMPETITION
 
2021 Cabernet Franc Rose
 
2020 AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION
 
2019 Saperavi Gold  (92 points)
2019 Cabernet Franc Gold (90 points)

2018 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
 
2017 Riesling Rosine Bronze
 
2018 GREAT AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
 
2016 Kagor Gold
2016 Cabernet Franc Silver
2017 Riesling Rosine Bronze
 
2018 AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION
 
2015 Gerwurztraminer Silver
2014 Bulls Blood Silver
2015 Pinot Noir Silver
2015 Riesling Silver
2016 Saperavi Silver
 
Jul 2022 • Couples
We tasted a spectacular range of wines at Chateau Niagara. Please read on.
 
As the former wine critic for Buffalo Spree magazine, I had many opportunities to taste wines in the Niagara region of New York. At first, the area’s wines were promising, but undernourished, the results of young vines and early stage winemaking. Having not tasted here in a half dozen years, I returned recently and tasted at a number of local wineries. The tasting especially at Chateau Niagara was astonishing.
 
Chateau Niagara’s wines can stand with any peer wines I’ve tried lately, and they’re available at jaw-dropping prices. While the crisp, true-to-varietal whites made believers out of our red-wine loving companions, it was the reds that truly elevate Chateau Niagara to the ranks of world-class wineries. The $20 Pinot Noir would shame many a red Burgundy costing many times this price. But don’t stop there. Try the excellent Hungarian blend Bull’s Blood, and the delicious Bordeaux blend Trinity. The apotheosis of the reds, the Cabernet Franc, at $30, is a fantastic value, easily standing shoulder to shoulder with Joguet’s Loire Valley reds.
 
Finally, finish with the unusual Kagor, a sweet, rich red bottled in 375’s. As delicious with chocolate as Banyuls, it’s a great meal ending drink.
 
I can’t wait to go back to see how well these wines will continue to develop.
 
Highest recommendation.