D’Angelo Estate Winery changes over to Vivace Estate Winery



By Ron Giofu


A new winery at a familiar location has opened in Amherstburg.

Vivace Estate Winery, owned by the husband and wife duo of Jean Qian and Max Wu, is now open at 5141 Concession 5 North. If that address is familiar to people, it is because it was formerly known as D’Angelo Estate Winery.

Qian and Wu bought the property in January and are being guided through the transition process by Chris D’Angelo, son of former owner Sal D’Angelo. D’Angelo Estate Winery now operates in Penticton, British Columbia.

Qian said they purchased the property in Amherstburg due to a long-standing interest in farming and wines.

“I like farms, I like vineyards and I like wines,” she explained.

Formerly in the motorcycle clothing business while living in China, Qian said they have gotten into a new industry but they are enjoying it. She noted there has been a lot of hard work so far and a lot of “blood, sweat and money” poured into their new venture.

Qian and Wu, who reside in LaSalle, said they had a soft opening Aug. 4 and recently participated in a vintage tasting on Pelee Island.

Jean Qian, co-owner of Vivace Estate Winery, stands with some of the wines that are offered.

Jean Qian, co-owner of Vivace Estate Winery, stands with some of the wines that are offered.

“I was very happy to join the region and the EPIC wines association,” she said. “I’ve received very good support from the wineries here.”

Qian said she is a wine lover and they offer a variety of wines at Vivace Estate Winery. She said they want to keep some of the wines familiar to those who came to D’Angelo Estate Winery and also want to expose Canadian ice wine to the Chinese market.

“That is my goal,” she said. “I will try to do it.”

Feedback has been positive so far, Qian added, as people “are happy to see a new brand here.” They are open seven days per week from 12-5 p.m.

The name Vivace came from her daughter’s piano book, she added, and that a marketing plan is still being developed. An official grand opening has not yet been announced.

Their phone number is 519-997-2576 and they can be found on the web at www.vivaceestatewinery.com. Their e-mail address is info@vivaceestatewinery.com.

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