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.
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.
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.
Ours is a relatively small vineyard and winery and we believe that our artisanal approach in which family members carry out most of the viticultural and winemaking tasks helps to ensure the high quality of the fruit and wine. Our vines are planted at high density and tended by hand, including picking at harvest, in accordance with our conviction that not only do these measures give the highest quality fruit but they are also in keeping with our desire to be good stewards of the land.
Our winery was built in the summer of 2009, using the unique 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! After having inhabited the space for four years now, we are very pleased with our “above ground cellar”. You will see how delightfully the light plays off the rounded window wells in the beautiful, thick, dove grey walls. Plus, the barrel room offers excellent acoustics should you feel inclined to break into song on tasting our delectable wines!