CALAMUS is the Latin word for arrow. When the land was being prepared for the planting of the 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 their name and logo. The Calamus archer is fondly called Calvin - "Cal" for Calamus and "vin" for wine. Or "Cupid" by brides and grooms!
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. Their vineyards produce only the highest quality Niagara vinifera and hybrid grapes. They 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. Their 100% VQA wines are preserved with screw caps as they believe this to be a superior closure for preserving wine quality, freshness and longevity.