Carl's Wine Club

presents

the Bella Terra Discovery Pack!
Just a few reasons I chose this winery for our Discovery Pack:
  • ...because it's an opportunity to pick and choose exactly the wines you want. There are 12 wines to choose from, and you can custom your own pack.
  • ​​...because there is such diversity in the wines! Whether you are having a summery BBQ, a patio sipper, or a celebration that calls for an age-worthy wine or bubbly...this Discovery pack showcases the best of PondView Winery!
  • ​...because every one of these wines was rated highly by either myself or a wine critic. You might just discover a new favourite or two!
  • ​...because the Chardonnay is one of the best in the world...PondView's Bella Terra brand is known for their Chards, and the 2017 in this pack placed in the top 10 in Chardonnay du Monde Competition (chosen from over 700 other wines!)...plus the Chardonnay Sur Lie was the Top Value wine of my 2020 discoveries.
  • ...because they gave us fun BONUSES: for every 12 bottles ordered, receive a wine aerator ($30 value) and a $60 gift card for online or in-person purchases at PondView. Ordering between 6-11 bottles? Receive a $25 gift card with your purchase.
  • ​...because they gave us FREE SHIPPING to any province: so you can enjoy these wines pronto at your home! Minimum of 6 bottles for free shipping on this pack.

FREE SHIPPING! on 6 or more bottles

12 bottles to choose from or order one of each for $399 total:
✔️ 2019 Bella Terra Wild Ferment Riesling | 24.95
✔️ 2020 Bella Terra Sauvignon Blanc | 19.95
✔️ 2019 Bella Terra Chardonnay Sur Lie | 19.95
✔️ 2017 Bella Terra Fumé Blanc | 34.95
✔️ 2017 Bella Terra Chardonnay | 39.95
✔️ 2018 Bella Terra Red | 24.95
✔️ 2016 Bella Terra Cabernet Franc | 39.95
✔️ 2016 Bella Terra Cabernet Sauvignon | 39.95
✔️ 2016 Bella Terra Meritage | 49.95
✔️ 2017 Bella Terra Pinot Noir | 49.95
✔️ 2016  Bella Terra Blanc de Blanc | 39.95
✔️ 2019 Bella Terra Sparkling Brut | 24.95

Choose a Custom Bottle Mix Now!

💥 BONUS GIFTS! 
Order 12 or more bottles and get a free wine aerator ($30 value) & a $60 gift card 
Order 6-11 bottles and get a $25 gift card

Shipping is by ICS, Canpar or Canada Post, depending on your region. If you are in the Northern territories please contact us so we can check shipping availability and weather conditions to your area.

***Your wines should arrive within 3-8 business days, however due to COVID-19, unforeseen delays may occur. We apologize in advance if this happens, and will do our best to keep you updated.***
PondView was our most popular winery feature with members this year! While supplies last, we have three special packs available from PondView for members, including this Discovery Pack, the Rosé Lover Pack and the Cab Franc Lover Pack. This is an opportunity to try more of PondView's wines, or stock up on favourites, with free shipping and bonus free gifts!

Below you will find my notes on this winery and the wines offered in an exclusive 12-bottle tasting pack.

If you do choose to order a pack (or two!) you'll be part of Carl's Wine Club VIPs, which includes our private Facebook group, access to rare and member-only wines, and an invite to our live virtual tastings with special guests from the winery.

It's always more fun learning about wine when you're sipping wine :)

Cheers,
Carl

The Reds

2016 Bella Terra Meritage
Ontario, Niagara, Four Mile Creek VQA
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc| Dry wine (RS 3.0 g/ltr)
92pts Natalie Maclean | Gold Medal 2019 InterVin Wine Award

Hand-harvested and preselected during the blockbuster 2016 vintage, this wine spent almost two years in French oak barrels before being bottled unfiltered. Full-bodied, with rich characteristics of dark fruit and berry notes, this wine is laced with hints of clove, allspice and tobacco. On the palate, this wine impresses with deep black currant and notes of dried dates and figs. A subtle smokiness leads to a long, velvety, dark chocolate finish. Less than 200 cases produced.

Pairings: Grilled steak, prime rib
Drink now until 2026
Winery price: $49.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!

2017 Bella Terra Pinot Noir
Ontario, Niagara, Four Mile Creek VQA
100% Pinot Noir| Dry wine (RS 3.8 g/ltr)
90 Carl’s Wine Club

The Bella Tera Pinot Noir is from the New World, but it resembles the Old World style due the purity of its fruits and its notes of red cherries, leather, and spice. With delicate notes of rosewater and old spice on the palate, this wine has a medium and very velvety body with an elegant, fresh finish. Only 4 barrels of this wine are produced from the Pinot Noir vines, planted right at the front of the winery.

Pairings: Duck rillette, roasted vegetable
Drink now until 2024
Winery price: $49.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!
2016 Bella Terra Cabernet Sauvignon
Ontario, Niagara, VQA Four Mile Creek
Cabernet Sauvignon 92%, Merlot 8% | Dry wine (RS 3.0 g/ltr)
Gold Medal, 2019 All Canadian Wine Championships

This full-bodied wine from the 32-year-old Bella Terra vineyard shows a ruby intensity with notes of ripe black cherries, followed by a hint of fresh spice on the nose. Balanced on the palate with round, ripe tannins; bold and smooth complexity with black fruit and a long, velvety finish. This wine was aged in French oak barrels for 22 months and bottled unfiltered to leave the wine as close to its natural state as possible. Approachable now but can also age easily for another 5+ years. 394 cases produced.

Pairings: osso buco, flank steak
Drink now until 2026
Winery price: $39.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!

2016 Bella Terra Cabernet Franc
Ontario, Niagara, VQA Four Mile Creek
Cabernet Franc 85%, Merlot 15% | Dry wine (RS 3.0 g/ltr)
93pts Carl’s Wine Club | Gold Medal, 2020 All Canadian Wine Championships

Absolutely fantastic. This wine is the textbook rock star Niagara Cab Franc. Even at 14.5% alcohol, the freshness and the acidity leads you to a stunning complexity. First, it starts with a great creamy texture and a nose of dark cherry, vanilla and cappuccino. The flavours of cherry, smoke and dark chocolate are dense, compact and bring a pleasant bitterness. The tannins are very well spread out across the board and the finish lingers forever. 382 cases produced.

Pairings: lamb chops, chateaubriand
Drink now until 2025
Winery price: $39.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!
2018 Bella Terra Red
Ontario, Niagara Peninsula VQA
Merlot 44.3%, Cabernet Franc 35.3%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20.4% | Dry wine (RS 1.0 g/ltr) | 89pts Carl’s Wine Club

The Bella Terra Red spent 18 months aging in French oak barrels. It is a medium-bodied wine that draws you in with a smooth and velvety palate, loaded with ripe red fruit characteristics, roasted plums and molasses on the mid-palate. The round tannins and balanced acidity lead to a long finish with more red fruit and a slight menthol note. This is my sleeper choice in this offer… to be discovered!!! 850 cases produced.

Pairings: baked brie, grilled meat
Drink now until 2025
Winery price: $24.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!

The Whites

2019 Bella Terra “Wild Ferment” Riesling
Ontario, Niagara, Four Mile Creek VQA
100% Riesling | Dry Wine (RS 3.4 g/ltr)
90pts Decanter Magazine

The 2019 Wild Ferment Riesling is a fresh take on an old favourite. The spontaneous (or wild) fermentation was induced by natural wild yeast from the fame Bella Terra Vineyards and brings out the many exciting layers in this ageable white. Aromas of lime zest, beeswax, and green apple prepare you for the rich acidity and mineral notes of this Four Mile Creek Riesling. With notes of pineapple and jasmine lingering through its dry finish, this wine is complex yet approachable. Only 500 cases made.

Pairings: chilled seafood salad, grilles sole.
Drink now until 2025
Winery price: $24.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!
2019 Bella Terra Chardonnay Sur Lie
Ontario, Niagara Peninsula VQA
Chardonnay 85%, Viognier 15%| Dry Wine (RS 7.3 g/ltr)
92pts Carl’s Wine Club | Top Value Wine of 2020

Wow... one of the prettiest nose that I can remember. This is so appealing and inviting. Mango and cantaloupe are on display. The 8 months on lees allows this wine to feature great creamy texture without being buttery and gives a stunning complexity for $20. The palate transitions seamlessly from green apple to honeydew and pineapple. The combination of bright acidity, length and complexity make this winemaking effort absolutely remarkable. Outstanding value. 300 cases produced.

Pairings: crab legs with garlic butter, bacon wrapped scallops
Drink now until 2024
Winery price: $19.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!
2017 Bella Terra Chardonnay
Ontario, Niagara, Four Mile Creak VQA
100% Chardonnay | Dry wine (RS 3.0 g/ltr) |
Gold Medal – Chardonnay du Monde | 93pts Carl’s Wine Club

One of top 10 Chardonnay out of the 700+ entry at the most prestigious international Chardonnay competition. A wonderful balance between acidity and creaminess, between purity of the fruits and oakiness. The nose starts you off with green apple and caramel notes, followed by a layer of butterscotch and a touch of vanilla. The wine shows power and elegance! There is a great deal of butterscotch, green apple and ripe pear’s notes on the palate until it leaves you with a long pleasant finish with hints of toasted walnut and lemon-ginger tea.

Pairings; Roasted chicken, buttered lobster
Drink now until 2023
Winery price: $39.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!
2020 Bella Terra Sauvignon Blanc
Ontario, Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA
100% Sauvignon Blanc | Dry Wine (RS 2.0 g/ltr)
91pts Carl’s Wine Club

Bella Terra welcomes its newest addition to the family: the 2020 Bella Terra Sauvignon Blanc! Sourced from the history-rich soil of the Corus Vineyard, this Niagara Sauvignon Blanc displays characteristics of lemon blossom and passionfruit on the nose. The palate is extra dry with a bright acidity, layered with notes of lemongrass and passionfruit, finishing with a light minerality. The wine reflects his terroir tremendously wines and shows an incredible purity of fruit. Well done!

Pairings: Grilled octopus, shrimp skewers
Drink now until 2024
Winery price: $19.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!

The Bubblies!

2019 Bella Terra Sparkling Brut
Ontario VQA
100% Vidal Blanc | Dry wine (RS 8.0 g/ltr)
90pts Natalie Maclean
Celebrate every day with the Bella Terra Sparkling Brut! The wine begins with a tropical nose with hints of fresh peaches, pineapple, guava and lemon. The off-dry palate balances with the medium-high acidity to create a refreshing spritz with a peach finish. The mouse has a good density and the quality of the Vidal Blanc stands out!

Pairings: Baked Brie, chilled crab
Drink now
Winery price: $24.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!

2016 Bella Terra “Blanc de Blanc” Traditional Method Sparkling
Ontario VQA, Niagara Peninsula
100% Chardonnay | Dry wine (RS 3.8 g/ltr)
91pts Rick Vansickle

This first traditionally-made sparkling wine from PondView is 100% Chardonnay from 30 year old vines that spent 4 years on the lees to develop a deep texture and complexity. It has a nose of fresh-cut citrus, green apple, brioche and some toasty/melba notes. It’s fresh, dry and lively on the palate with a vigorous mousse, vibrant citrus and apple with perky acidity that keeps it popping through the finish.

Pairings: Fresh oysters, deep fried fish
Drink now until 2024
Winery price: $39.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles! 
2017 Bella Terra Fumé Blanc
Ontario, Niagara Peninsula VQA
100% Sauvignon Blanc | Dry wine (RS 4.4 g/ltr) |
91pts Natalie Maclean

This Sauvignon Blanc was fermented and aged in seasoned French oak barrels to give this wine his very own style. Half of the barrels were left to wild or spontaneous ferment which gives this wine a very complex palate and intriguing bouquet. The nose is clean with aromas of fresh passion fruit and grapefruit peel. The palate is full-bodied with flavours of fresh fruit and citrus acidity. The excellent balance of sweet vanilla and a spicy complexity leads to a long and persistent finish.

Pairings: Coquille St-Jacques, salmon with dill cream sauce
Drink now until 2023
Winery price: $34.95 | Get FREE SHIPPING & $90 of bonus gifts when you buy any 12+ bottles!

The FREE BONUS Gifts!

Order 12+ bottles and receive a wine aerator and a $60 gift card!

The Eno Vino wine aerator ($30 value) helps you bring out the wine's flavours, fines out any particles in that natural wine might have, and is dishwasher friendly! Plus, it works with any wine bottle and includes a stopper to keep your wine fresher. 

You also receive a $60 gift card! Your gift card will be e-mailed to you after you purchase and is valid both online and in person with PondView Estate Winery.

Q: If I order two cases, do I get double the bonus gifts?
A: YES! The more packs you order, the more perks you'll receive!
Purchasing 6-11 bottles? Get a FREE $25 gift card included!

Your $25 gift card can be used online or in-store at PondView Estate Winery. Your card will be e-mailed to you after purchase. 

Want to see more great wine packs?Check out the PondView Rosé Lover Pack or the Cab Franc Lover Pack

Carl's Notes

PondView Estate Winery is nestled amongst the sprawling vineyards of the prestigious Four Mile Creek sub-appellation in the heart of Niagara Wine Country. The ‘Bella Terra’ - or ‘beautiful land’ - vineyard is a 50 acre grape farm that has been tended to by the Puglisi family since 1974.

This family-owned winery headed by Luciano (Lou) Puglisi draws on grape-growing knowledge and experience that has been handed down from one generation to the next. The Puglisi Family Story begins in Sicily, many years ago. When Giuseppe Puglisi emigrated to Canada in 1965, he brought with him his passion for grape growing and winemaking. His son Lou has been passed the torch, and now carries on the family tradition. He has embraced this traditional art form and has cultivated some of the finest wines in the Niagara Region. Their vineyard now boasts vines as old as 30+ years.

I chose this winery to feature because I was so impressed with the quality of their wines, especially the Chardonnay Sur Lie which I named ‘top value’ in my Top Wines of 2020. I was then pleasantly surprised by the energy and welcome from their team when they offered us both free shipping, special bonuses, and several limited-access wines...enjoy!!
  
Answering the ancestral call of the grape, Fred Di Profio uprooted himself from Toronto 22 years ago; trading the rat race (they’re still winning) for the pastoral serenity of Niagara. Working as a cellar hand for a couple of vintages sealed his fate forever. He decided to go back to school; a somewhat frightening proposition for someone already into his third decade. A few years later Fred completed his thesis, which was focused on elucidating the effects of various viticultural and oenological practices on the quality of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and wine. This work has recently been published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture.

After completing his honours degree in oenology and viticulture (with distinction) at Brock University, Fred began working full-time in the wine industry. Fred has worked as winemaker for local boutique wineries, as viticulturist for a large, grower-owned winery and continues to work on grape and wine research projects at Brock University.

In his role as winemaker for PondView Estate Winery, Fred considers himself especially privileged to work with Lou Puglisi, owner and grape grower with more than two decades of experience, and plenty of accolades. Fred has found in Lou a kindred spirit in his unyielding desire to learn more. 

He considers his collaboration with Lou to be not just an opportunity to grow and make great wine, but an opportunity to learn how to do it better; year after year. In Lou's own words, “Every day's a school day.”
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