A stratus vineyard, established in 2000, is located in the historical town of Niagara-On-the-Lake. The ultra-modern winery was designed to be the first LEED (Leader Ship in Energy and Environmental Design) in Canada.
It is gravity flow and employs double sorting tables.
The vineyard approximately 35 hectares in size, represents one of the most diverse in Niagara planted to riesling, chardonnay, semillon, gewürztraminer, marsanne, roussanne, sauvignon blanc, viognier, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, tannat, syrah, petit verdot, malbec, gamay, mourvedre, and tempranillo.
J L Proulx, a Frenchman trained in Bordeaux and Burgundy, has been making Stratus’s wines since inception and excels in artful blending.
Stratus produces the flagship red and white, plus the Tollgate line exclusively for licensees, Wildass line, and an icewine, occasionally also a late harvest sweet.
Recently I had the opportunity to taste some of their wines and found the following to be well worth exploring.
Wildass Riesling, 2012, $ 16.75 (90/100)
Wildass White, 2009 ($19.75 (92/100)
Tollgate Viognier $ 22.95 (92/100)
Wildass Red 2011 $ 19.75 (88/100)
Stratus Red 2010, $ 44.20, (90/100)
Cabernet Franc, 2010, $ 38.20 (92/100)
All are masterfully made and highly recommended with or without food.
Some of the wines are available at Vintages stores, the rest direct from the winery.
The winery is well worth a visit for an extensive tasting and to admire the architecture.