All of our grapes were carefully selected to match our cold climate and soil.
Frontenac Noir is a versatile grape variety with the ability to produce red, rosé, fortified, or late harvest wines. When harvested at full maturity it can produce full-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, blackberry, plum, chocolate, and coffee. When Frontenac Noir is made into a rosé, it produces a predominant flavour of strawberry. The clusters of this variety tend to be long with purplish-blue berries when mature.
Frontenac Gris is our most versatile grape variety with the ability to be made into sparkling, white, rosé, fortified, late harvest, and ice wine. The popular use of Frontenac Gris is for blending to elaborate other wines. When blended with dessert or ice wine, it can add hints of apricot and walnut, and when blended with a red wine it can produce tart cherry aromas. When ripe, the berries are small with a greyish violet-red colour.
Frontenac Blanc is a very versatile grape variety with the ability to be made into sparkling, white, fortified, late harvest, or ice wine. When ripe, the berries can have tropical fruit, pear, peach, and passion fruit aromas. Frontenac blanc is a white grape variety with small yellow-orange berries when ripe.
Marquette is a red grape variety that can produce red, rosé, and fortified wines. It produces wines with aromas of red fruits, plum, roasted coffee, and smoke. Marquette has small, compact clusters with midnight blue berries when ripe. This grape is reported genetically to be 63.1% Pinot Noir.
As the name suggests Swenson White is one of our white grape varieties. It can produce very fragrant wine with floral aromas. When ripe, Swenson White grapes are large golden-yellow grapes. They can be made into white, late harvest, and ice wine. In addition, they are delicious table grapes with tropical fruit notes.
In addition to our five main grapes in our vineyard, we are continually testing different red and white grape varieties to see how they respond to our climate. In total, we have 24 different types of experimental cool and cold climate grape vines plants with anywhere from two to eight planted of each variety.