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November/December 2015

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November | December 2015 | Ignitemag.ca | 25 Stratus Vineyards Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont. With the distinction of being Canada's first build- ing granted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, Stratus is committed to producing their wines in an envi- ronmentally responsible way. That includes build- ings constructed with mostly recycled materials, a herbicide-free vineyard and bicycle racks that encourage employees to bike to work. The vineyard sits on 62 acres in a microclimate that is among the warmest in the region. There is a boutique space, two tasting rooms and a stylish boardroom available for corporate functions. Activities include tastings, tours and meals featuring gourmet local fare. stratuswines.com Old Orchard Inn & Spa Wolfville, NS While not a vineyard, the Old Orchard Inn does feature a variety of meeting spaces and is in close proximity to nine award-winning vineyards—a great group activity. Meeting rooms range in size from 20-person capacity to over 500. The rustic inn is situated on a hill with a sundeck that overlooks the stunning Annapolis Valley. The Eau Spa is the perfect way to end a day of meetings and offers a menu of treatments from massages to facials. oldorchardinn.com L'Orpailleur Vineyard Dunham, Que. Located an hour outside of Montreal in the beautiful Dunham Valley, l'Orpailleur Vineyard offers corporate events in a rustic yet sophisticated setting. It boasts five meeting rooms of various configurations—from conference style to theatre seating. Teambuilding events include workshops presented by on-site trainer and entrepreneur Yolaine Benôit on topics such as "Delegating and knowing when to let go." Activities also include tours that teach how to properly pair food with wine and a grape harvesting teambuilding event. orpailleur.ca Trius Winery at Hillebrand Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Trius provides a stylish setting for corporate events. Venues include the Vineyard Pavilion (a private room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Niagara Escarpment), the Trius Red Barrel Cellar (an intimate candlelit dining spot) and the Trius Red Room (featuring luxe red velvet banquettes, sparkling chandeliers and a central tasting bar). There are a num- ber of teambuilding opportunities, including "Unleash Your Inner Winemaker," where teams compete to create their own Bordeaux-style wines. triuswines.com

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