Malivoire Wine was founded in 1995, when Martin Malivoire acquired a property in the Beamsville Bench viticultural area of the Niagara Peninsula, one of the region's preeminent sub-appellations. Named for Malivoire's wife and chosen for the site of their residence, this would become the Moira Vineyard, 15 acres of vines from which has flourished an estate winery producing a diverse portfolio of cool climate varietals.
Malivoire, a director of motion picture special effects with an impressive thirty-year career to his credit, had decided it was time for a change, and turned his hand to wine. The Moira vineyard's original plantings of Gewüztraminer were expanded to include Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In 1996 a second nearby 31 acre property, also on the Beamsville Bench, was acquired where production facilities and cellars were completed in 1998, named the Estate vineyard. Varietal representation is similar to that of the Moira vineyard, with the addition of Gamay, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay Musqué and Melon de Bourgogne.
Sustainability is at the heart of Malivoire Wine. From the facilities' repurposed building materials to efficient water and energy use, integrated pest management, preservation of natural habitat in the vineyards, and responsibly produced, lightweight packaging, all winery operations are designed for maximum reduction of environmental impact within the limits of climate. Malivoire’s practices exceed the standards established by Sustainable Winemaking Ontario and the winery has also been a member of Oregon’s LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) program since 2011.
Spanning the slope of a ravine, the winery was designed to use gravity in transport of grapes throughout the winemaking process, the first such facility in Canada. This very gentle treatment follows a hand harvest and sorting on a vibrating table prior to pressing or crush. Fermentation with indigenous or cultivated yeast takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks from Rieger in Germany, and cooperage is in Burgundian and American oak vessels crafted by the finest coopers.
Working with Martin Malivoire since 2001 is Winemaker Shiraz Mottiar who is responsible for viticultural and winemaking operations. With a shared philosophy of excellence, sustainability and purpose, their efforts result in expressive wines of purity and balance reflective of their unique environment.