Those gorgeous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, the famed Red Paw/Black Paw blocks, of Coyote’s Run in Niagara-on-the-Lake will be no more as of Nov. 29.
Tweed Marijuana Inc., a burgeoning medical marijuana greenhouse operation with properties in Smiths Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, has purchased the winery, which in itself was sold to a Toronto businessman not too long ago.
It wasn’t the famed vineyards that Tweed was after, but its location right next door to its massive greenhouse facility on Concession 5 Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is inevitable that the property, including the vineyards and, one would assume, the buildings, will be bull-dozed over to make room for more greenhouses as the company ramps up to produce even more marijuana for when pot becomes legal next July.
There were a lot of sad faces at the winery today. All 10 employees remaining at the winery will be out of jobs as of Nov. 29 and all wine currently in the retail store is being at 50% off, and that’s after wine club members had first dibs. As well, the harvested Pinot Gris and Chardonnay will be sold off as bulk wine to whoever wants it. No more wine is being made at Coyote’s Run.
As I entered the tasting room today, after I woke up and saw a Facebook post from wine writer Evan Saviolidis (credit where credit is due), cases of wine were flying out the door and there was a steady stream of cars coming and going. In the winery, guests were seated, unaware of the news, for the Pinot Affair, an annual celebration of all things Pinot in Niagara.
It says a lot about the new marijuana industry that it can fork over a huge amount cash for prime vineyards and not even attempt to make wine from the property.
In a puzzling late night development, Jordan Sinclair, a spokesman for Tweed, sent an email saying: “I work at Tweed and just wanted to reach out to clarify that while we are expanding at our Niagara-on-the-Lake greenhouse and a number of our other sites, we haven’t purchased Coyote Run.”
What? Well an entire winery thinks you have bought them and are liquidating as I write this. I have to stand by what the winery has told Wines In Niagara, as I have no reason to doubt them.