Their vineyard sits on 62 acresa near the southeastern border of the Niagara Lakeshore sub-appellation. It benefits from a unique microclimate that ranks among the warmest in Niagara, providing perfect conditions for growing the diverse range of grape varieties that are used in their signature cuvees. 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 lake’s proximity helps protect the vines from early frost in the fall. The vineyard soils are unusually rich, composed of mineral-rich layers resting on a limestone foundation. They grow 10 varieties of red grapes and 6 varieties of white – some vines old, some vines young. The vineyard is further divided into 44 distinct blocs. Each one, its own small “somewhereness.”
Winery and sustainability
Committed to sustainability, Stratus took the opportunity to create a new kind of winery. They built an adaptable state-of-the-art facility (LEED-certified) that produces the best possible wine with the smallest possible environmental impact. They chose to get rid of pumps, and instead transport their wine completely through gravity flow, minimising their carbon footprint and maximizing quality. Bright, airy and above ground, their 1,000-barrel cellar is seamlessly linked to the winery’s pumpless wine-flow system. Translucent panes separate the cellar from the rest of the facility, allowing light in, while geothermal cooling keeps the cellar at an ideal 14ºC.
This dedication to sustainability continues in the vineyards, where they allow the environment’s natural ecosystem to take hold. Indigenous cover crops are encouraged and vine cuttings and root stocks are transformed into biochar, reducing erosion and improving soil structure.
These modern and innovative methods are the work of winemaker J-L Groux. A native of France’s Loire Valley, J-L is renowned for creating distinctive wines based on the principle of assemblage, the art of combining different grape varieties to produce a wine that is the most complex expression of a vineyard’s terroir. He creates a range of outstanding, age-worthy wines, including an ice wine.
Pirramimma vineyards and winery are nestled behind the township of McLaren Vale, running parallel to Tatachilla Road. The mature vineyards are planted to 13 varieties and 40 designated blocks, spread over 300 acres and allow them to produce over 80 different wines, from the iconic McLaren Vale Shiraz, pioneered varieties such as Petit Verdot and Tannat, and an ancient collection of fortifieds.
Founded in 2005, the Barons de Rothschild Champagne House has established strong relationships with partner producers to craft champagnes of a rare elegance from exceptional terroirs and rigorously selected grapes. “Accomplishing through great achievements”, such has been the Rothschild family’s ambition for more than 250 years. Through the strength of its wine-growing experience, the family has joined forces with producers from Champagne to develop excellent champagnes which bring together know-how and tradition.
Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on the farm L’Ormarins in Franschhoek. Originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, who passed away in 2001, the farm was taken over by his brother Johann Rupert in 2003. It was Johann Rupert who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility on the estate, and the beginnings of what was to become a sprawling enterprise with a focus on terroir-specific wines.
Takara has great experience in producing Shochu , Mirin and Sake for more than one-and-a-half centuries. Because Takara’s main business endeavors depend heavily on the mastery of natural processes such as fermentation, the Company feels a strong responsibility toward preserving the natural environment.
Certain names resonate strongly within Australian wine history and Jim Barry is one of them. It was Jim Barry’s drive that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling and cemented it as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.