Wine producer Colio Estate has jumped head-first into the growing Ontario craft cider industry with the purchase of Thornbury Cidery.
The Harrow-based wine company, located along the shores of Lake Erie, acquired Provincial Beverages Friday, which owns both the Thornbury Village Brewery and Cidery. Colio plans to move the existing brewery located in Nobleton to the Thornbury Village site, amalgamating the cidery and brewery production under the banner of Thornbury Village Brewery and Cidery.
Here is the full news release as sent to Wines In Niagara:
Colio Estate Wines today announced that it has purchased Provincial Beverages of Canada Inc., located in Thornbury Village, Ont., a leading producer of award-winning, premium, Ontario craft ciders and beer. The deal will enhance Colio Estate Wines portfolio through winning entries in the fast growing Ontario craft cider and beer categories.
Colio plans to invest in the existing century old historic facility located in Thornbury Village to create a unique retail and hospitality experience capitalizing on the beautiful views of Georgian Bay and the Blue Mountains. “Our Company has kept a keen eye on the development of the local craft beer and cider category. This opportunity allowed us to gain a significant entry with one of the leading producers of high quality craft beer and cider in Ontario.” stated Jim Clark, President of Colio Estate Wines.
In the more immediate term, Colio plans to move the existing Brewery located in Nobleton to the Thornbury Village site, amalgamating the cidery and brewery production under the banner of Thornbury Village Brewery and Cidery. Plans are underway to open distinct cider and brewery retail stores at this location. Retaining key beer and cider sales and production expertise will ensure the continued growth and success of the Thornbury family of brands.
ABOUT THORNBURY CIDER:
Established in 2006, nestled in the famous Blue Mountains, the heart of Canada’s apple country, Thornbury has been producing premium apple cider in a century old historic apple processing facility. Thornbury cider is traditionally crafted in small batches from locally sourced, fresh-pressed apples. The flagship product, Thornbury Premium Apple Cider, is the number one selling, authentic, Ontario-made craft cider.
ABOUT THORNBURY BREWERY (King Brewery)
The Thornbury Brewery is a proud Ontario Craft Brewer (previously King Brewery), producing award-winning, small-batch crafted European style pilsners and lagers. Most notable brands include Jubilee Lager and Pickup Truck Pilsner, which won a Gold Medal at the 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards. The most recent release is the Blue Mountain Lager, a golden lager, inspired by the light of the morning sun rising over Georgian Bay, striking the famous Blue Mountains. King Brewery, located in Nobleton, Ontario, officially opened in July of 2002 with one of the only authentic German decoction brew houses in Canada. Committed to brewing stylistically authentic, ultra-premium beer, the brewery has earned immediate recognition with both discerning beer drinkers and critics alike.
ABOUT COLIO ESTATE WINES:
The Colio Estate Wines story is one of patience, determination, and perseverance – qualities that remain today at the heart of our winemaking practices and spirit. It was along the Lake Erie Shore, the southernmost and warmest wine region of Ontario, where three Italian bricklayers named Alfredo, Enzo and Tiberio decided to fulfill their life dream of building a world-class winery.
Over 35 years later, consumers continue to enjoy the rewards of the hard work and craftsmanship that go into every bottle of Colio Estate wines. The picturesque winery is located in Harrow in the heart of the Essex/Pelee Island Coast Wine Country. Our wines are available at LCBO stores and any of the 14 Colio Wine Boutiques across the province.