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Stratus Vineyards

Stratus’ stately presence leaves you breathless.  Intimidating and enticing in the same fleeting moment, Stratus draws you in like a magnet, as you simultaneously wonder if you’re dressed well-enough.  Niagara-philes dutifully respond to its call; fashionably celebrating Stratus’ union of modern design and sustainable building and farming practices. Designed by Architect Les Andrew, with engineering design by Alan Greer, Stratus earned recognition as the first LEED certified winery in the world. Natural ecosystems maintained, geo-exchange technology for heating, an herbicide free vineyard, indigenous plantings, a 1000 barrel above-ground production facility that uses a pump-less, gravity flow system to move wine; the green list goes on and (approvingly) on.

A renegade from the French tradition of the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions, Winemaker J-L (Jean-Laurent) Groux, is forging a new tradition with the assemblage method. Selecting the best vintage years and best grape varietals of his vineyard. J. L blends wines that are layered, richly complex and consistent. Unique offerings such as the Semillon and Viogner are hard to source elsewhere.  The staff impress; knowledgeably describing both the wines and the architecture.  High-tech, new-age, and flawlessly beautiful; Stratus is exceptional.

Tasting Fees $10 for 4 / $4 each

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