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The winery will be sited at the center of Le Clos Jordan’s principal 35-acre vineyard, on the gently sloping Jordan Bench of the Niagara Escarpment (less than two hours from Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake). Surrounded by environmentally protected forest and woodlands, the winery will be hidden from view, some 1,500 feet from the nearest road (Regional Road 81). As visitors drive around the edge of the vineyard, the winery will slowly reveal itself, complementing the landscape as a gently flowing structure with softly curving white stucco walls and an undulating metal roof, reflecting the natural landscape and the sky (it is yet to be determined whether the roof will be titanium or stainless steel). Gehry sees it as “a silver cloud floating over the vineyard with the winery spreading out beneath it.â€



The winery will operate on multiple levels both above and below grade to take advantage of the natural gravity flow within the winemaking process. Sections for each of the key stages in wine making, including grape crushing, de-stemming, pressing, tank and barrel fermentation, together with a tasting lounge, a wine boutique, and a glass-enclosed gathering area in the red wine cellar, would be organized around a central, great hall from which each area would be clearly visible. The current design for the great hall calls for a series of floor-to-ceiling (possibly colored) glass columns soaring dramatically from their base in the underground cellar.



Designed to both accommodate and inspire the process of making exceptional red and white wines, the building will offer an exciting and informative experience for visitors who would be guided through all areas of the winery unobtrusively via suspended catwalks and pathways at and below ground level.



The size and budget have yet to be established. It will most likely be a mid-sized winery (25-30,000 barrels), and could cost as much as $30 million. Le Clos Jordan is designed to bring global attention to the Niagara Peninsula and to the super- and ultra-premium wines it produces.



Groundbreaking is anticipated to take place following the receipt of all the necessary development approvals, which may take time considering the impact such a project will have on tourism in the area. If all goes well, the winery will be completed in time for the vineyard’s first release in 2006.
 
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