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. Show More...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. ...Show Less
2015 PEC Pinot Noir – Best Wine in Show Overall—2017 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Also chosen by wine expert Christopher Waters to be one of the 100 Canadian wines to compete in the 2018 Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney, Australia.
2016 PEC Pinot Noir – ". . .the point is, Stanners makes world-class Pinot Noir and this bottle is a shining example. . .” Carolyn Evans Hammond, Toronto Star 2017 PEC Pinot Noir – Chosen by master sommelier John Szabo to represent Ontario Pinot Noirs in a comparison between selected New Zealand and Ontario Pinot Noirs. Given a score of 93 points!
Stanners Vineyard is an artisanal, family-owned and operated winery located near the village of Hillier in Prince Edward County. Check out the videos below from The Wine Portfolio about us.
These videos by the Wine Portfolio Group Inc. are of 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.
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.
May 1—Nov 1, daily 11AM—6PM
Nov 2—Dec 15, daily 11AM—5PM
Jan 1—Apr 30, Sat & Sun 11AM—5PM
Otherwise by appointment.
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Many of our previous wines have sold out, including the 2015 and 2016 PEC Pinot Noirs, the 2016 Cabernet Franc and recently the 2017 Pinot Gris cuivré, leaving the 2016 Riesling and the 2016 Chardonnay — very nice whites! We are very pleased to now announce the release of two 2017 reds, which will restore balance to our wine roster.
Our much anticipated 2017 Pinot Noir VQA PEC has now been released. It is an excellent PEC Pinot and is “bigger” than the 2016 Pinot Noir, having deeper colour and stronger fruit carrying right into a strong long-lasting finish. In addition, we have just released a very special 2017 Pinot Noir VQA PEC "The Narrow Rows", a wine made from the best Pinot Noir grapes in our vineyard. No less important is the release of our 2017 Cabernet Franc, which has vivid very satisfying fruit with excellent balance.
Stanners wines are now being served in 153 fine Ontario restaurants! See list. And recently, we have added 13 excellent Québec restaurants to our list!