Malivoire has been a producer of fine wine for 15 years with the original plantings of Pinot, Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurtraminer, Gamay and Pinot Noir. Today, thanks to burgeoning demand, Malivoire operates at the top of its capacity producing only twenty-four thousand cases of wine per year to ensure only the finest grapes are turned to wine.
Partners: Martin Malivoire, Shiraz Mottiar, Dan Stouck
Where: Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Soils: Niagara Escarpment sandstone and limestone, mineral rich clay.
Climate: High elevation moderates the cool temperature for ideal growth.
Malivoire 2014 Chardonnay
Malivoire 2014 Gamay Noir
Martin Malivoire got his start as a director of film and television special effects, 30 years and a plethora of big name Hollywood productions Malivoire found another love. He first purchased the Moira Vineyard in 1995 on the Beamsville Bench in hopes of igniting the Niagara wine scene. In 2017, the now critically acclaimed Malivoire Wine currently spans 40 hectares compiled between a total of four vineyards: Moira, Estate, Mottiar, and Stouck Vineyards. The diversity in location of where the grapes are grown provides Malivoire with a unique blend and extra complexity to each vintage.
As with most of the wines we carry, sustainability and biodynamic farming play a major role in the production process. Martin Malivoire and his team have undoubtedly been innovators on this front. The structure is built along side a ravine to be the first in Ontario to naturally infuse gravity into the winemaking process, while the rest of the architecture is able to encompass the landscape of the surrounding Niagara Escarpment.
In 2001, many Niagara wines suffered at the hands of the dreaded ladybug that had infested vineyards across the region ruining countless vintages. Ever the innovators, Malivoire Wine’s logo now consists of a simple ladybug and over the years the tiny beetle has become synonymous with Malivoire Wines in the region. Exemplifying their connection with nature and their determination to promote Niagara wines.
Malivoire Wine has tapped in to the vast resources the Niagara Peninsula has to offer and accurately portrays them in each vintage produced in a process that is truly Canadian.
Shiraz Mottiar has been working at Malivoire for nearly 15 years and has excelled as the head winemaker. Starting out at Brock University’s Oenology program and internships at Niagara wineries, Mottiar has been involved with the Niagara culture for more than 20 years. Mottiar embodies what the winery itself tries to portray and that is a sense of balance. Mottiar doesn’t go for the shock or explosive flavours in his work, but rather focuses on the simplicities and purities of each vintage.
A key aspect of Mottiar’s approach and one that can be seen throughout Malivoire Wine’s is their commitment to sustainability. Malivoire subscribes to the Oregon, United States, “LIVE” (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) program who help to dictate farming methods to increase sustainability. Shiraz Mottiar has long been providing the Niagara region as well as the rest of Canada with an innovative philosophy for wine production and continues to break barriers in the industry and producing delicious wines.