Our name CALAMUS is the Latin word for arrow. When the land was being prepared for the planting of our vineyards, fragments of rock used by First Nation inhabitants were discovered. These fragments of the local rock "chert" were used to fashion stone tools, implements and arrowheads - the inspiration for our name and our logo. The Calamus archer is fondly called Calvin - "Cal" for Calamus and "vin" for wine.
CALAMUS ESTATE WINERY started with Calamus Vineyards. A 14 acre property in 1999 near Beamsville and planted their first 10 acre vineyard in 2000. With the goal of supporting and 8500 case winery, a second farm and 19th century barn was purchased in 2001. The second property, located adjacent to Ball's Falls Conservation Area, is now the home of CALAMUS ESTATE WINERY. Our vineyards produce only the highest quality Niagara vinifera and hybrid grapes. We welcome you to experience the historic charm of our 1800's era heritage barns, the setting for the production area and retail outlet.
Beginning with its early vintages, CALAMUS wines have been very well received by customers, wine critics and restaurants. Each vintage has produced award winning wines. With a total of 32 acres of planted vineyards CALAMUS ESTATE WINERY grows Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Vidal, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Our 100% VQA wines are preserved with screw caps as we believe this to be a superior closure for preserving wine quality, freshness and longevity.
The 20-acre ravine behind the winery with 18 mile creek flowing though it is a scenic spot for hikes, picnics and outdoor functions. We are a stone's throw from the magnificent Bruce Trail, and adjacent to Balls Falls. With our 350 Barrel Cellar, 1800’s barn and NEW multi-level outdoor decks, we can host events in a spectacular setting overlooking our rolling vineyards.
The Falls Vineyard Site - Vinemount Ridge Appellation
This vineyard, located in the Vinemount Ridge Appellation is the site of the winery operation and 20 acres of premium vinifera grapes. This appellation is quickly gaining recognition as a highly coveted location for producing Riesling in particular. Our single vineyard Riesling comes from this site.
Purchased in August 2001, the 42 acre property was once a small dairy farm where feed crops were grown on the 22 arable acres of gently sloping fields. The original barns have been renovated to house the winery and retail facility. Bisecting the property and cutting through the site's 20 acre ravine, is 18 Mile Creek. In June 2002, the land was shaped, tile drainage installed, soil amended and 27,200 vines (20 acres) were planted. The final 1.5 acres were planted June 2004.
The Bartlett Creek Vineyard Site - Lincoln Lakeshore Appellation
In September 1999 a 14 acres farm on Greenlane Rd on the eastern edge of the town of Beamsville below the Niagara Escarpment was purchased. The property was an overgrown orchard and vineyard that required clearing, land shaping, tile drainage and soil nutrients prior to planting. By early summer 2000, the land was prepared and 14,280 vines (10.5 acres) of vinifera and hybrid varieties planted.
The Bartlett Creek, and Falls Vineyard sites have a total area of 56 acres with 32 acres of land in vines.
- 8 acres of Chardonnay
- 7 acres of Riesling
- 6.5 acres Pinot Gris
- 0.5 acres Gewürztraminer
- 0.5 acre Vidal
- 5 acres Cabernet Franc,
- 3 acres Cabernet Sauvignon and
- 1.5 acres Merlot