Only in finding the perfect piece of land on the Twenty Mile Bench were we able to make the Flat Rock dream a reality. The estate combines perfect growing and soil conditions (or terroir) with natural beauty and ideal topography. In fact, the slope and soil are reminiscent of the great vineyards in Burgundy.
Flat Rock Cellars’ vineyards are comprised of 80 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, with a small patch of Gewurztraminer for good measure. We chose these varietals as an integral part of our overall winemaking strategy, because they are best suited to cooler climate of the Niagara Peninsula and more specifically the Twenty Mile Bench.
One of the fundamental principles in quality winemaking is the ability to control and ensure low yields in the vineyard. At Flat Rock Cellars all of our grapes are cropped at extremely low levels to ensure fruit quality and intensity of varietal character; our winemaker and vineyard manager direct every step of the process. In full production we can expect that Flat Rock will produce a maximum of 15,000 cases – which was reached in 2008.