Stratus Vineyards sits on 62 acres near the southeastern border of the Niagara Lakeshore sub-appellation. It shares the benefits of the region with its neighbours, while enjoying advantages that are uniquely its own. The vineyard is far enough away from the moderating influence of Lake Ontario to grow grape varieties that need warmer temperatures in the summer. At the same time, the lakes proximity helps protect the vines from early frost in the fall.
Much of story of the Niagara region and of the character of Stratus wine can be found in the soil. Layers of mineral-rich earth, resting on a limestone foundation, are the legacy of continent-shaping ice ages.
The elusive character of a vineyard in a bottle of wine — the influences of soil, location and climate — is often referred to as terroir. Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer brought this old-world notion to the new-world lexicon by coining the term, "somewhereness" in his book Making Sense of Wine.
2059 Niagara Stone Road
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