Icellars Estate Winery is a small boutique VQA member winery located at the heart of Niagara Wine Country.  

The 60 acre fallow land was carefully selected by owners Adnan and Elif ICEL based on precise research of ideal growing conditions for premium vinifera varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Extensive investigation included soil testing and weather data analysis as well as consultation with Brock University scientists, local grape growers and neighbours to determine which varieties would perform best in the vineyard.

The winery uses only 100% estate grown fruit from their hand-manicured vines which are tended to by Craig Wismer of Glen Elgin Vineyard Management. The vineyard is also overseen and inspected by owners Adnan and Elif, who walk their vineyard on a daily basis, knowing each vine intimately. 

Small batch wines are made by owner/winemaker Adnan with careful onsite consultation of acclaimed consultants Peter Gamble Consulting. Daniel Cumming is our soft spoken assistant winemaker from Australia.

With this team distinct wines that best show the terroir of the farm are produced, inspired by the classic winemaking styles deeply rooted in the history of viticulture and winemaking.

The winery building was designed and built on the principles of having everything under one roof, creating a simple yet functional space. Small lot wines are processed separately by gravity flow in an environmentally friendly design. The simplicity of the architectural design is echoed by offering only our own limited production wines for sale in a practical but cozy tasting room.

 

 

The Wine Boutique 

 

Hours:

From January 1st to March 31st: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays

11am to 5 pm (weather dependent).

From April 1st to December 31st: Open 7 days a week

Monday to Thursday 11 am to 5 pm,

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11 am to 6 pm

Because of our small size and sit down tasting policy we cannot accept bus tours.

Reservations needed only for any party of 8 and more people.

Call 289.479.5969 or e-mail info@icellars.ca to book an appointment.

Family First

Adnan Icel

A mechanical engineer with an MBA degree, Adnan, a Turkish Canadian immigrated in 2006 . After falling in love with the beauty of the Niagara region he abandoned his 25 year career to found a winery. Now president and winemaker of his own winery he has followed in the foot steps of his ancestors who tended vineyards for centuries in his homeland.

Elif Icel

After studying fashion design and working several years in the fashion industry, Elif married Adnan in 1994 and became a homemaker committed to raising her two sons. Along the way she also assisted in all the family businesses and the tradition continues as Elif is now responsible for Media & Marketing of Icellars, the newest family venture.

Arda Icel

The numbers guy , affectionately named the ‘’math wizard’’ by his classmates in White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville. Arda follows in his Dad’s footsteps and now studying electronics engineering in Carleton University. In his spare time, he is a die-hard rugby player.

Tolga Icel

Second son Tolga is a student at Garth Webb Secondary School and planning for a university education in the field of business administration. He is very much interested in the family’s new wine business and when possible joins his Dad on business trips.

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Simba Icel

Adnan and Elif’s ‘third son’ and newest member of the Icel family. Born in Georgetown on April 23, 2012 to a Canadian golden retriever, he was soon after adopted by the Icel family. His love of the farm is obvious and perhaps he is the most excited member of the family business.