St. David's Bench Vineyard
1025 York Rd. (surrounding the château)
Planting began in 1990. First harvest in1994
85 acres/34 hectares
Haldimand clay loam with
Aligoté, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay Noir ‘Droit’, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Savagnin, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
Signature flavour profile is a "feminine" mineralilty
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- “St. David’s Bench” coined by the Bosc family and sub-appellation is named based on this term
- Installed with the most extensive vineyard under-drainage system in the world in 1990
- Home to our Grey Water Management and Recovery Program
- Research vineyard first established here to examine the effects of high density planting and lyre canopy system grape quality. All grape varieties we grow are represented in these two blocks.
- The slope of the vineyard is considered moderate – from the Niagara Escarpment at the southern edge to York Road at the northern edge
- Underground water run off from the Escarpment is rich in limestone. These vines use this water during the growing season contributing to the minerality found in the wines grown here.
- Dedicated to producing single varietal bottlings