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Featured Winemaker

Welcome to our page featuring Canada's winemakers. Each month
we will feature a winemaker from across Canada.
One whose wines help to make Canada an International star in the world of fine wines.

Jay Johnston


Jay Johnston - Winemaker


It was a glass of Canadian Pinot Noir in 2002 that sparked Jay's passion for wine. Growing up in Quebec,  wine was always a part of family meals so it was natural to leave city life behind in 2003 and head to Niagara for an authentic wine education.

As a ‘second career' student in the Niagara College Viticulture & Winemaking program, Jay knew that you get out what you put in. So, endless hours of reading, learning, tasting and talking with wine professionals in Niagara helped him pick up jobs in the cellars and vineyards of some of the most respected producers in the region. And always with a taste for freshness, vibrancy and purity of our cool-climate varietals like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sparkling.

Through a chance meeting with Niagara College Viticulture– President of Flat Rock in August 2012, Jay quickly realized that Flat Rock Cellars was the place to be and was happy to join the team for Harvest 2012, taking the Winemaking reins (Jay prefers the term ‘Wine & Vine Caregiver') at Flat Rock Cellars. 

Flat Rock's 80 scenic acres of sloping vineyard, atop the Escarpment in the Twenty Mile Bench appellation, focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and a splash of Gewürztraminer

Nadja's Riesling is consistently awarded among Canada's best, and the 2007 Chardonnay Reserve was award best of show at the Cuvée.

Jay is a fan of English Football
JAy was a judge at 2013 INTERVIN

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