Stratus Vineyards produces complex wines from its 53-acre estate in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. The site’s microclimate, influenced by its proximity to the lake and contained by the Niagara escarpment, has growing seasons warmer than Bordeaux. The cool nights slow the growing cycle and help retain an elegant acid backbone. The geology of the site is the engine behind the wines, with soils tilled by the ice sheet retreat after the last glaciation. The estate’s alternating soil compositions contribute to the dynamic tension in the wines.
Stratus was the first LEED-certified winemaking facility in the world. The pump-free gravity-flow winery (including tanks on hydraulic elevators) is highly committed to sustainability, tapping into a geothermal source 600 feet below ground for all of its cooling and heating needs.
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