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Nov 2 to Dec 15, daily 11AM to 5PM
Jan 1 to Apr 30, Sat & Sun 11AM to 5PM
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Recent News

Hot Sellers:

Four of our more recent releases, the 2014 Pinot Noir VQA PEC, the 2015 Cabernet Franc VQA PEC, the 2015 Cabernet Franc VQA Lincoln Lakeshore and the 2015 Chardonnay VQA PEC, have sold out. 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 Releases, New Awards and Recent Recognition:

Our 2014 Pinot Noir VQA PEC has recently been chosen by wine expert Christopher Waters to be one of the 100 wines representing the best of Canadian wines to enter the Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017 in Sydney Australia. This wine also won a Silver Medal in the Intervin International Wine Awards and has been given a score of 91 points by three independent wine critics. Sad to say that this wine has recently sold out but our Barrel Select Pinot Noir, another intriguing version of the same wine has won many awards: a Silver Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards held in London, England, thus fulfilling our original goal to produce a world-recognized Pinot Noir! This wine also won the Silver Medal in the Ontario Wine Awards where there is only one gold, one silver and one bronze medal awarded, won Double Gold in the All Canadian Wine Championships, and finally won Gold in the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada.

 

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.

 

Stanners wines are now being served in 158 fine Ontario restaurants! see list

 

 

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

2014 Pinot Noir – one of 100 wines invited to represent Canada in the 2017 Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney Australia!

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!

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.