Weir Winery Stymied


by Jeffrey Reed, Editor,

It appears the final putt may have dropped for Beamsville, Ontario-headquartered Weir Winery.

The 4041 Locust Lane retail and hospitality centre, brand, carrying the name of 2003 Masters Tournament winner Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, Ontario, has closed its doors.

The Weir Winery website has posted this note:

“The Mike Weir Winery retail store will be closing to the general public Sunday April 29th. Mike Weir wines will continue to be available at the LCBO and limited quantities will be available here for direct shipping while supplies last. Thank you all for your years of support. Cheers from the Mike Weir Winery team.”

Weir’s brother, Jim, who oversaw the winery business for the Weir family, has not yet replied to our query.

In October, writer Rick Vansickle announced the original sale of the entire operation here.

The original sale notice via MLS through Colliers International Niagara then listed the property, structures and assets at $10.9 million.

This listing now posts a current asking price of $8.9 million.

While the winery still operates on a very limited basis, it appears the brand name could be continued with a buyer.

Photo: attended the June 21, 2014 grand opening of the Weir Winery centre – click here for story, here for photos.

All profits from Weir’s winery have gone to and have played a significant role in growing the Mike Weir Foundation.

Jim Weir had also established a second-floor Mike Weir trophy and memorabilia gallery at the Beamsville centre – something that is worth preserving somewhere given the fact Weir is the best golfer ever produced in Canada.

We’ve reviewed numerous offerings from Weir Winery Ontario VQA, which played a strong role in maintaining the Niagara area as a world-class source of wine.

The LCBO, as well as the Weir Winery website, continues to carry limited stock of Weir’s wines.

So, unless a new buyer comes forward to carry on the Weir Winery name, the brand appears to be stymied.

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