The vineyards for wine production range from 6 to 25+ years old with Baco Noir and Riesling being some of the oldest. Plantings of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio, Viognier and Vidal have their wines either released or on the cusp. Look for more Rieslings, Pinot Noir and Merlot plus blends in the near future...
Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery vineyards fall in the 20 Mile Bench and Vinemount Ridge sub-appellations. These are both located within the Niagara Peninsula, Canada.
The Niagara Peninsula has the largest planted area of all viticulture areas in Canada. Situated at approximately N43 latitude this prime and diverse appellation is characterized by rich, fertile soils and unique microclimates, which provide ideal conditions for producing wine grapes with more complexity and intense flavour than in many warmer climates.
The classic cool-climate varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc flourish here. The Niagara Peninsula continues to shape a rapidly expanding premium wine industry in Canada as the home to approximately 65% of Ontario's wineries.
Vinemount Ridge lies just above and south of the brow of the Niagara Escarpment. This appellation covers two prominent geological features - the Fonthill Kame to the east and the Vinemount Moraine on its western edge. The youngest moraine in the Niagara Peninsula, the Vinemount Moraine is a long narrow ridge of material that was deposited by the glacier that occupied the Lake Ontario basin approximately 13,000 years ago. Erosion from the several streams that cross this appellation has produced a gentle undulating landscape with many shallow east- and south-facing slopes, unique within the Niagara Peninsula. These slopes provide sun exposure and early spring warming to its deep clay soils and early budburst for the vines.
The Twenty Mile Bench stretches east to west from Fifteen Mile Creek to west of Cherry Avenue. Bisected by Twenty Mile Creek, it has a complex topography with a distinctive double bench formation west of Twenty Mile Creek, and short, varied slopes that roll to the brow of the escarpment. The sheltered north-facing slopes and the air circulation from Lake Ontario provide for year round temperature moderation, setting up an ideal growing season for quality grapes.