I am Sue-Ann Staff, a fifth generation grape grower and 2002 Ontario Winemaker of the Year. I am privileged to have grown up learning to love the land, the joy of the harvest and the pleasure of wine from grandparents and parents. Formal wine education took to me the University of Adelaide to put the science and art behind my passion for wine. And now, I have the good fortune to make wine on my family's 200 year old estate in Jordan, Canada from grapes we have tended.
The Staff family originally immigrated to Canada from Lincolnshire England in the late 1700s. This property at 3210 Staff Avenue was acquired by Robert Staff and has remained in the Staff family for over 200 years. Through two centuries it has transformed several times due to the changes in agriculture commencing as a mixed fruit and livestock homestead to, currently, an estate winery and vineyard operation.
The first vineyard was planted in 1898 by my great-grandfather Howard Alexander Staff and my great-great uncle. It is a 3.3 acre block on Concord's located at the corner of Staff Avenue and 17th Street.
This vineyard is over 100 years old, is still in operation today, and is perhaps the oldest productive vineyard in Ontario. We will continue to keep it for generations to come as part of a living legacy.
Over the next 100 years, the property served as a hub for the agricultural enterprise that expanded to, at one time being, the largest privately owned fruit growing operation in Canada which included over 800 acres of grapes.
Through each generation, the dream of owning and operating a winery existed. Today, the dream has come into reality. The small, quality oriented winery produces only VQA wines from grapes grown on the property. The range includes enticing, vibrant white wines; fresh, intriguing reds; luscious traditional sparklings and decadent Icewines.