Back 10 Cellars
Back 10 Cellars is a small 10-acre vineyard located between Beamsville and Vineland that is producing small-batch wines made from low-yielding vines planted in the red soils of the Lincoln Lakeshore sub-appellation. Look for artisanal, award-winning Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Rosé, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, grown by Andrew and Christina Brooks and crafted by winemaker Dave Johnson, from this boutique operation.
Back 10 Cellars is committed to nurturing our environment and having the least invasive footprint as possible. We plant and grow many of our own fruits and vegetables and also raise our own chickens. (Our chickens love to scratch the seeds from our pumpkins and zucchinis and squash). It is important for us for our kids to understand where their food comes from and to be environmentally responsible wherever possible. Watching our vineyard, our kids, our gardens and our chickens grow has given us such a sense of self accomplishment and knowing that we did it all from scratch, makes life taste so much sweeter. Cheers to doing what you love!
History of Back 10 Cellars
It all began in 1999. We were working at River Café in Calgary Alberta. One wintery afternoon we had a wine tasting with a small vineyard owner as part of our ongoing wine education. He spoke of his passion for wine, how he had attained a small parcel of land and started his little winery. We were immediately smitten. What would it take to own our own vineyard? Or was it even a possibility? After all, we weren’t rich (far from it), and we were only in our late twenties. The hunt began. We travelled to Italy, France, Kelowna B.C. and South Africa, but these places were too far out of reach and too costly. We were ready to unplug from our lives and take the big leap. It was on a trip to Niagara (where Christina grew up) that we found a 10-acre property in between Vineland and Beamsville. A diamond in the rough is an understatement but we could afford it and the house sat on a derelict 10 acre farm. We drove around wine country for hours and after getting lost (repeatedly) decided we should offer a more convenient way of allowing travellers to seamlessly travel from winery to winery. We launched our wine touring brand “Crush on Niagara Wine Tours” and it has been going strong ever since.