The primary Lengthy Seashore vineyard opens downtown (excluding the winery). • The Hello-Lo

A franchise that allows people to start a winery (without a vineyard) has officially opened its arms for Moncton: Water’s Edge Winery, one of many locations across the country, has the space at 217 Pine Ave. taken over and now serves as a house maker for wine every day.

Water’s Edge sources its grape juice worldwide – from Spain to South Africa, from Argentina to Australia – but ferments the juice locally. It already announced its business activities in May of this year.

Ultimately, what owner Collin Mitzenmacher and his crew do is pick a region they’re interested in, see if the vineyard is ready to sell them grapes, and then send their equipment to a process known as thermovinification is. Think of this as hot pressing for cold pressed juices: before fermentation, the grapes are heated to near boiling points – hot enough to destroy wild yeast but not hot enough to burn off their sugar – and the juice is sealed. Mitzenmacher receives this juice and ferments and creates the offered wines by mixing it himself.

“With this type of process, I can cut 60% of the costs of running a winery attached to a vineyard and produce over 50 different wines a year,” said Mitzenmacher. “Yeah, I’ll be a super busy guy.”

If you walk into the room that used to be the Mariposa club’s bars and cages for go-go dancers, there is now a stool-free wine bar that runs the length of the building and an open tasting room that comes with both high-filled tables and low tables. Stairs lead to a mezzanine floor, while the patio area between the property’s buildings is enabled for outdoor seating.

The Water’s Edge Winery is now open and located at 217 Pine Ave.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Moncton Post. Reach him below [email protected] or on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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