Niagara venture

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  • Thursday 12 April 2001

Leading Burgundian négociant Boisset has linked up with Canadian wine grower and merchant Vincor International.

The two companies have formed a joint venture partnership and purchased 31 hectares of prime hillside land on the Jordan escarpment on the Niagara peninsula, which experts from Boisset have identified as having soils and climate closely resembling those of the Côte d'Or.

About half of the estate, to be known as Le Clos Jordan, will be planted to vines, the rest is to be devoted to sustainable forests which will help to shelter the vineyards from the weather.

Keith Davis, executive vice-president at Vincor International, has helped to secure the deal. He says, 'we have an excellent relationship with the Boisset family and with their expertise and guidance in wines and our knowledge of the region, we expect premium production.'

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones are being sourced in Burgundy and planting will begin in May this year. It is anticipated that the first wines from Le Clos Jordan will be available in 2005.

Vincor estimates that 25,000 cases will be produced, at around $25-$35 (£18.75-£21.88) per bottle.

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