Lifetime Achievement Alumni 2017 Len Pennachetti

Join us as we a look back at our Lifetime Achievement Award alumni of the past 25 years. These outstanding individuals have truly left an indelible mark on Niagara and have inspired countless other entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in Niagara.

Over the last 24 years, NEYA has inducted 33 entrepreneurs into our Hall of Fame by bestowing them with this prestigious recognition. Click here to see a complete list of our Lifetime Achievement Alumni and join us on March 1, 2019 as we bestow a new group of deserving entrepreneurs with this honour at our 25th Anniversary Awards Gala at the Fallsview Casino Resort.

Tickets for the 25th annual Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala to be held March 1, 2019 at the Fallsview Casino Resort are now on sale. Tickets are limited, so order early!


Len Pennachetti pioneered wine and hospitality in the Niagara Peninsula. From his early days as one of the first farmers to plant the noble grape varietals of Europe in Ontario, to his forward- thinking integration of Niagara wine and tourism, Len helped shape the future of the Niagara Peninsula. After partnering with winemaker and long-time friend Angelo Pavan to found Cave Spring Cellars in the picturesque village of Jordan, Len and wife Helen Young expanded the company. Believing in the marriage of wine, food and hospitality, they founded On The Twenty Restaurant in 1993, and later added accommodations to the equation with the building of Inn On The Twenty. Len has been the driving force in the transformation of Jordan Village from a sleepy hamlet into a bustling tourism hub for Niagara’s wine route.

An advocate for the entire region, Len played an instrumental role in the founding of Ontario’s appellation control system, the Vintners. Quality Alliance (VQA), serving as the organization’s President and Chair. In 1999 Len saw the Vintners Quality Alliance Act passed into provincial legislation. Len actively oversees every aspect of the family’s wine business, and maintains a passionate focus on the Cave Spring Vineyard where he still lives. Under his leadership, Cave Spring Cellars became one of Canada’s most esteemed wineries.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to enterprising entrepreneurs in our community who have significantly impacted the development of economic ventures in Niagara. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients are individuals who have spent several decades of their lives shaping Niagara, building a legacy, and contributing positively to our community. Save the date and join us on March 1, 2019 for NEYA’s 25th Anniversary Awards Gala.