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Recent News

Hot Sellers:

Five of our more recent releases, the 2014 Pinot Noir VQA PEC, the 2015 Cabernet Franc VQA PEC, the 2015 Cabernet Franc VQA Lincoln Lakeshore, the 2015 Chardonnay VQA PEC and the 2014 Stanners Vineyard Riesling have sold out during the summer and fall of 2017. These wines were very popular and were the favourites of many of the restaurants that feature our wines. We are sad to see them go!

New Release and New Awards

We are pleased to announce the release of a new version of our very popular Pinot Gris, the 2016 Stanners Vineyard Pinot Gris cuivré. To prepare this wine the juice was left with the skins for 48 hrs prior to pressing and starting fermentation, giving a beautiful copper-coloured wine with enhanced complexity and a significant finish.
Our Barrel Select Pinot Noir has won many awards: the Silver Medal in the Ontario Wine Awards where there is only one gold, one silver and one bronze medal awarded, Double Gold in the All Canadian Wine Championships, and Gold in the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada.
Importantly, this wine won a Silver Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards held in London, England and came third in a competition with a number of distinguished Burgundian Pinot Noirs recently in The Judgment of Kingston just behind two Burgundies. In fact, perhaps the most respected international wine expert on the panel of judges declared that our wine was his favourite! And Christopher Waters, also a very respected wine judge and wine writer who was at the event, wrote: “The value of PEC wines helps Ontario wine stand out on the international stage. Producers such as Norman Hardie, Closson Chase and Stanners are receiving accolades from writers and sommeliers working around the country and across the globe.” It is certainly gratifying to get some international recognition!

 

We have recently released a new wine, our 2015 Pinot Noir VQA PEC made from our own fruit which is quite different from our present 2014 Barrel Select Pinot Noir in its intriguing cherry and strawberry flavours, while having a similar outstanding finish.
We are very pleased to announce that this Pinot Noir recently won Best Overall Red and Royal Grand Champion, Best Wine in Show Overall in the 2017 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Perhaps because of this it is selling very rapidly so, if you want it, please move quickly!

 

Stanners wines are now being served in 163 fine Ontario restaurants! See list. And recently, we have added a number of excellent Québec restaurants to our list!

 

 

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We are very pleased that our wines have won many recent awards!

2014 Barrel Select Pinot Noir - SILVER in the Decanter World Wine Awards, SILVER in the Ontario Wine Awards, DOUBLE GOLD in the All Canadian Wine Championships, and GOLD in the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada. Also, third place in Judgment of Kingston, a competition of PEC Pinot Noirs with French Burgundian Pinot Noirs.

2015 PEC Pinot Noir – Best Overall Red and Royal Grand Champion, Best Wine in Show Overall in the 2017 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

2015 PEC Chardonnay - GOLD in the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada!

2015 Lincoln Lakeshore Chardonnay - SILVER in the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada!

Stanners Vineyard is an artisanal, family-owned and operated winery located near the village of Hillier in Prince Edward County. Check out these recent videos from The Wine Portfolio about us.

Aged To Perfection Video Link Tasting the Earth Video Link

These videos by the Wine Portfolio Group Inc. are Jody Ness interviewing Cliff and Colin Stanners. Jody visits vineyards around the world for his Wine Portfolio show on CNBC World. We are pleased and honoured that he chose to visit our vineyard to make these videos for his show.

 

Cliff and Colin Stanners

Stanners Vineyard is a family venture that began in 2003 with the purchase of a parcel of farmland near the village of Hillier in Prince Edward County. The "terroir", that is, the soil, terrain and weather, seemed ideal for our quest to produce a Pinot Noir that would be the rival of any in the world. We love Pinot Noir, making this quest a pleasure as well as a challenge. It is believed that the best Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in the most northerly terroir that can actually produce and ripen the grape. Prince Edward County is indeed a northerly location and the moderating influence of Lake Ontario which surrounds us makes grape growth and ripening possible. It also boasts the calcareous, limestone-riddled soils that are highly reminiscent of those in Burgundy, the home of world-renowned Pinot Noir wines. Our goal, however, is not to imitate Burgundy, but to bring out the best characteristics that our terroir can instill in the wine that it yields.

 

barrels of pinot noirs at Stanners Vineyard

Our winery was built in the summer of 2009, using the ecofriendly Straw Bale construction method for our barrel room, which offers excellent insulation for maintaining temperature equilibrium. Ours is the first Straw Bale winery east of the Rockies! Our tasting bar is in the barrel room and it is well worth a visit to taste our wines in the cool temperature and unique atmosphere of our above ground wine cellar.