Cabernet Sauvignon

Reuniting old world and new world wines

Discover the Timeless Elegance of Bulgarian Wines in the Heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake

John Hare, a scion of Bulgarian heritage and the proud proprietor of The Hare Wine Company, introduces a fusion of Old World charm and New World finesse.

Behold our latest creation, “Haretage,” a masterpiece born from the rich soils of the Black Sea region in Bulgaria and the lush vineyards of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

This exceptional wine pays homage to John’s Bulgarian ancestry, delivering a sensorial experience imbued with the essence of tradition.

Immerse yourself in the allure of dark cherry and red plum aromas, a harmonious blend that embodies the timeless elegance of both worlds.

Наздраве! Cheers!

Наздраве! Cheers!

Some of our fondest memories are made when we gather with family and close friends, sharing good wine with traditional meals.

During these festive gatherings, we often find ourselves reminiscing about our ancestors.

 It’s a time when our heritage takes center stage, and we delight in sharing stories about our family’s background and history.

When you choose our Haretage Cabernet Sauvignon, we invite you to share your family’s journey and create new memories.

Let the wine transport you back in time, so you can relive your family memories of the new world in Canada and, of course, your personal heritage.

The 2021 Haretage Cabernet Sauvignon is more than just a wine; it’s a celebration of the past, an opportunity to create new stories today, and a way to connect with your loved ones over shared experiences.

Generations United: A Return After 40 Years

In 1998, 40 years after my grandfather’s journey to Bulgaria, I set foot in the charming village of Kochovo, the birthplace of both my grandparents.

My curiosity about my Bulgarian heritage was sparked by the letters and pictures that had traversed generations, exchanged among our relatives. It was a heritage that beckoned me, much like my grandfather had felt years ago.

Initially, I expected to meet only four family members, with the eldest being my grandfather’s niece, along with her daughter and two grandchildren.

But to my delight, word had spread about my visit, and more relatives converged on the village.

They came to share tales of the past and to listen to stories about the family who had migrated to Canada after the war.

Amidst simple, traditional meals, often accompanied by local village wine and, of course, rakia, we shared stories and conversations that transcended generations.

In 2016, The Hare Wine Company was founded, and from that day on, I harbored a dream – a dream of bridging the old world with the new.

In 2023, that dream became a reality with the release of ‘Haretage,’ a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from both worlds.

The newly unveiled 2021 Haretage Cabernet Sauvignon stands as the embodiment of this dream, a tribute to my Bulgarian heritage and an invitation to connect with your own.



Try Our 2021 Haretage Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Wine: Haretage 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon

Haretage is a harmonious blend crafted from 75% Bulgarian Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Niagara Cabernet Sauvignon, resulting in a medium-bodied, fruit-forward masterpiece. As you lift the glass to your nose, notes of black cherry, red currant, and violets will delight your senses. On the palate, Haretage unfolds with flavors of blackberry, cocoa, and a subtly smoky finish.

Pair this exceptional wine with Peppercorn Steak, BBQ Ribs, Bold Cheddar, Grana Padano cheese, or Feta Cheese.

While John and The Hare have garnered numerous international accolades for their wines, John takes particular pride in Haretage – a wine inspired by his family’s heritage.

The Experience

When you’re considering your next visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake, we wholeheartedly invite you to join us at The Hare. Our winery draws inspiration from John’s extensive travels in Bulgaria and Europe. The building itself exudes a spacious, intimate, warm, and inviting atmosphere—a perfect setting for sharing stories with your cherished family and friends.

Come to Niagara-On-The-Lake and visit the ONLY Bulgarian Winery in Canada – The Hare Wine Co. Inspired by John’s many trips to Bulgaria and Europe, the building is spacious and and warm creating a wonderful back drop for intimate gatherings, weddings, celebrations, or corporate events.

Once here, try a glass of our Bulgarian Cabernet Sauvignon – the 2021 Haretage

Or if you wish to sample with our other wines, book a tasting where our wine experts will guide you through a tasting experience. 

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Winery Hours:
Daily: Open 10am–5pm
December 25 – Closed
The Hare Wine Co.
769 Niagara Stone Road,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

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