Best local wines under $20 Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine

Coyote’s Run 2016 Chardonnay

Ok bargain hunters, this one's for you – but be quick! Here is a super special on a great local wine that is not available in the LCBO.

Article by Thomas Reid

Coyote’s Run is a beautiful small batch winery off the beaten track of St Davids in Niagara. They have 36 acres of land under vine and are known for their exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as the two distinct soils of red clay (red paw) and darker clay (black paw) on their property. Their vines are low yield, offering more intense flavour and complexity.

Coyote's Run Cellar Door

For this week’s ‘best Niagara Wines under $20 and not available in the LCBO’, we have chosen their 2016 Chardonnay (not to be mistaken with its lower quality sibling in the LCBO). An unoaked chard, it is lighter and more lively than its French/Hungarian oaked counterpart, but still boasts plenty of character. Aged for four months in stainless steel on fine lees, it has floral notes along with lemon and tangerine on the nose. This is a well balanced rich chardonnay, crisp and dry on the palate.

Coyote's Run Winery, Niagara, Chardonnay

Now for the pièce de résistance, we chose this wine at it’s regular (sub $20) price of $19.95, however, it is now available (along with their beautiful Lambert Vineyard Riesling and Gewurztraminer) for half price! We’re told that it will only be until Christmas and while they still have stock. Be quick, all three wines are well worth their retail price and an absolute steal at $9.98.

Time to stock up for the holidays!

The rundown

Coyotes Run 2016 Chardonnay (Normally $19.95, now $9.98 while stock lasts) 

  • Aged 4 months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks (with regular lees stirring)
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Sugars 2.8 g/L
  • Acid 5.5 g/L


Location 485 Concession 5 Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0