Terrior (Location, Climate, and Soil)
Our vineyard is located at the northern edge of Clear creek, Ontario, approximately 2.5 kilometers from Lake Erie. Our site benefits from the Lake Erie Macro-climate having cool summer breezes and mild winter weather. With cooler summers and warmer winters we are able to grow specific vinifera grape vines.
Due to the orientation of Lake Erie, the sub-appellation is known for constant higher than average westerly winds. This natural air-movement helps to reduce disease pressure in the vineyard.
Our site has a unique soil profile with 40-100 cm of sandy-loam textures over silty clay loam till. This profile enables our vines the benefit of having good drainage while maintaining access to ground water and rich clay-till minerals. This has proven very useful during droughts such as those experienced in 2016.
We are in the process of installing a weather station on-site to monitor our weather and climate more closely in order to advance research into grape growing in our local area.
The grape vines
Planted in 2012, we currently have a small test vineyard consisting of the following grape vines:
Riesling (clone 21B – on graft 3309)
Frontenac Blanc (own root) – Planted 2014
Marquette (own root, 3309, and SO4) – Planted 2014 and 2017
Petite Pearl (own root, and 3309) – Planted 2015 and 2018
The vineyard is planted on a vertical shoot positioning system (VSP), with a pendelbogan design. Unlike other vineyards in our region, or province, our vineyard is trellised quite high at 6’5″. We have chosen this trellis design due to the high-vigor of our soil. This will allow the vines to evenly spread out their growth energy and maximize sunlight exposure for an even ripening process.
We will be planting a 1/2 acre of Petite Pearl (on 3309) grape vines in the Spring of 2018. This planting will compliment the acre of Marquette vines that were planted in 2017. An additional 1/2 acre of Petite Pearl is planned to be planted in 2019.