Winery Hours

Apr 15 to Nov 2, daily 11AM to 6PM
Nov 3 to Dec 31, daily 11AM to 5PM
Jan 1 to Apr 14, Sat & Sun 11AM to 5PM
Otherwise by appointment.


Our 2010 Pinot Noir has won two silver medals in large wine competitions: the Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada and the Intervin International Wine Awards, in addition to its Best Red in Show award at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

John Szabo, Master Sommelier, gives it 90 points! "…juicy and fresh…firm, fine-grained tannins, …Long savoury finish. Drinking very nicely now." …read the whole review

and Bill Zackarkiw, in an article for the Montreal Gazette, had this to say about our 2010 Pinot Noir ; "I was impressed by their pinot noir. It had the balance between acidity and flesh that I love in pinot noir. No excessive oak, just great fruit, youthful, and easy to drink." …read the Gazette article

 

Stanners wines are now being served in 137 fine restaurants! see list

 

Three recent releases and one to come! The first, our 2011 Pinot Noir represents an excellent example of a true County Pinot with beautiful young sensual fruit. The second, a wine dubbed Straw House Red, is very food friendly. And lastly, our new 2012 Lincoln Lakeshore Chardonnay, which shares many of the attributes of our sold out and sorely missed 2010 Lincoln Lakeshore Chardonnay, was recently released and will be offered for tasting and sale at the Great Canadian Cheese Festival on June 7 and 8 in Picton (see News and Events page). Soon to be released is our new 2012 Cabernet Franc, a worthy successor to our 2010 Cabernet Franc, the latter deemed to be “one of the finest Ontario Cab Francs to date” by David Lawrason in Toronto Life magazine.
To order any of these releases,
see Wines Available

 

Our much touted 2010 Cabernet Franc is now completely sold out at the winery but is still served at numerous fine restaurants in Prince Edward County, Kingston, Toronto and Ottawa (see News and Events section).

 

 

 

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Stanners Wines are now stored in the highest wine cellar in the world!...more


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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.

 

Stanners Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir wins Best Red in Show!

              Logo The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

 

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.

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.

 

barrels of pinot noirs at Stanners Vineyard

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!