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925 Line 2, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (Get Directions)

Joseph Barbera

Joseph Barbera, PondView Winery, Niagara

About Joseph

Joseph looks after the overall success of the winery. He’s Lou’s brother-in-law, and the family approach to the business here at PondView means that everyone does whatever needs to be done. So, from liaising with restaurants, vendors, and government agencies, to serving behind the bar or giving a tour of the production facility, Joseph does it. And he loves every second.


  • Usually, when I'm asked which wine is my favourite,’ my answer is ‘YES!’ – I really do enjoy them all. But, if I have to choose, I’m going with the 2013 Pinot Gris. It has a delicate and aromatic character; it speaks softly, but leaves a lasting impression. – Joseph Barbera

Joseph's Story

I got into the wine industry even though it diverges wildly from my professional background. I was in the flooring business for 26 years. Natural stone, ceramic tiles, hardwood flooring and carpeting were my varietals until Lou asked me to join him in 2009.

Now, I feel like I’ve found my true calling, and each day is new and exciting.

Usually when I'm asked which wine is my favourite, I’ll answer ‘YES!’

I really do enjoy them all. But if I have to choose, I’m going with the 2013 Pinot Gris. It has a delicate and aromatic character; it speaks softly, but leaves a lasting impression.

The best part about the Estate is working with my brother-in-law and the rest of our PondView family. We’ve built this winery from from the ground up, and watching this business take shape and grow beyond our wildest dreams — it’s just incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.

And of course, I love sharing my knowledge and passion with our guests, who are often just as enthusiastic about our wines as I am. Creating connections and engaging with people over a glass of wine is a pretty good day at work.

If I had to recommend just one wine, it would be our 2013 Bella Terra Pinot Gris. The bouquet and the flavours are unmatched.

And I’d serve it after a long day, when you’re finally ready to relax in your favourite chair. We rush around here and there all day, and sometimes that means we miss so much of the small but beautiful details that make life precious.

So, sit down with our Pinot Gris, swirl it in your glass, and take in the aromas and nuances. It’s the perfect wine for when you want to take some time for yourself.


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