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Left: The brilliant red roofs complement the energy-efficient living green roofs of the Aure Winery buildings. They can be seen from afar and act as signposts to the winery. Right: Aure Winery is nestled into tranquil surroundings atop the Niagara escarpment. A bountiful harvest awaits the transformation from vine to wine.
Photos courtesy Aure WInes.
Aure Wines is a family winery run on the Highland Vineyard property atop the Niagara Escarpment by the the Hoare family. In business since 2007, the vineyard originally produced Concord grapes for making juice, but made the transition to producing quality VQA wines, and now Vitis vinifera (wine) varieties have replaced the juice grapes. Varieties include Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Riesling, as well as the existing Old Vine Marechal Foch heritage vines.
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Monday: - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday: - closed
Wednesday: - closed
Thursday: - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday: - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday: - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday: - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed on Labour Day.
Closed from December 24th, 2011 until March 1st 2012.
1. Take the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) towards Niagara
2. Merge onto ON-403 W for 20.8 km
3. Slight left onto Queen Elizabeth Way (signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie) 32.9 km
4. Take exit 68 toward County Road 14/Bartlett Avenue 200 m
5. Slight left toward S Service Rd 250 m
6. Continue straight onto S Service Rd 550 m
7. Turn right onto Durham Rd 1.0 km
8. Slight left onto King St/Regional Road 81 1.2 km
9. Take the 2nd right onto Mountainview Rd 3.1 km
10. Turn left onto Walker Rd 1.4 km
1. Take the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) towards Toronto
2. Take exit 64 for Ontario Street toward County Road 18/Beamsville 900 m
3. Turn left onto Ontario St 2.7 km
4. Turn left onto King St/Regional Road 81 100 m
5. Take the 1st right onto Mountain St/Regional Road 18 3.7 km
6. Turn right onto Fly Rd/Regional Road 73 1.8 km
7. Turn right onto Walker Rd 800 m
The Hoare family is originally from England. They moved to Moncton, New Brunswick in the mid 90s for business reasons. Their backgrounds are in telecommunications engineering and psychology. Their reasons for coming to Canada were business, but they state, "Our reasons for staying are evident".
Aure Wines is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of its operations. They have designed their buildings to minimize energy use, employing a passive solar design which, in winter, uses the sun’s energy to keep the building warm, In summer the amount of sun incident on the building is reduced by the use of sunbreaks (‘brise soleil’) and the building is cooled by natural ventilation. These techniques complement the upgraded insulation and ‘living roof’ which are employed in the building, thereby minimizing the need to use conventional heating and cooling.
Rainwater is harvested from roofs, filtered, and stored underground where it is used to supply toilets, laundry and exterior hose barbs. All water from faucets on the property is drinkable, treated well water.
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