Read our Blog Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook

Welcome to Leaning Post

A leaning post is what you find at the beginning of a row of grapes, anchoring the wires that are the frame-work for growing grapevines. It is the beginning of an obsession to translate a time and place into liquid. Leaning Post wines take you to that beginning by finding small, unique plots of land in Niagara and putting them in bottle. Because after stripping away all the fancy buildings and high-tech equipment you are left with a place on this earth that grows wine unlike any other. When you taste that in a glass you just know it.

Recent News/Blog

Open Family Day Long Weekend

Leaning Post Wines will be open Friday – Monday 10:30 to 5:30 this Family Day long weekend.

Remember, if you are running late just call and let us know you are coming. We would be pleased to stay open for you. Never miss us due to our hours of operation!

1491 Hwy 8, Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5K9     905-643-9795

From QEW, take Fifty Road to Hwy 8. Turn left on Hwy 8 and we are on the left hand side (just past Puddicomb farms)



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Pinot Affair Celebration This Weekend Oct 17-19

Nadia and I are so excited to be open for one year! (Crazy!)

To celebrate, we will be pouring a history/preview vertical of Lowrey Pinot Noir 2009-2012 at the winery for The Pinot Affair this weekend until the end of November! Only one of these wines is currently available, but we are offering a 4 pack (one bottle of each wine) during this time as a thank you to all of you who have supported us!

Open Friday -Sunday 10-6pm

Look forward to seeing you!


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Open This Civic Long Weekend Friday – Monday 10am to 6pm

Gamay and Syrah Release

We are extremely excited to announce the release of our two newest wines this weekend

Come and join us and try our newest releases!

2013 Gamay:  $25 retail ($21.11 Licencee)

The 2013 Gamay is from Wismer Vineyards, near the same vineyard that grew our 2010 Merlot. It is an exciting style of Gamay reminiscent of Cru Beaujolais (particularly Fleurie) showing a big nose of wild flowers and strawberry, with earthy herbal and meat flavours, followed by chaulky minerality on the palate. Like the long lost cousin that connects Pinot and Syrah, it provides firm and focused tannins, yet delicacy. It has all of the classic things we love about Gamay; truly complex, terroir-driven wine!

2012 Syrah – Keczan Vineyard:  $42 (Licencee $35.46)

This Syrah has been perhaps the craziest example of our commitment to this winemaking project. First, Ilya had to find buyers for a majority of the Kezcans other grapes, just to secure the seven rows that went into this wine. Then, it was pressed on the day our second son was born. Nadia drove herself to the hospital, because we were pressing the Syrah, and on the way to the hospital got a speeding ticket!

That commitment has lead to what we think is one of our best wines to date! Loads of white pepper, anise and lavender pull you in on the nose, with mounds of mulberry, earth, bacon and smoked meat goodness throughout. Exceptional balance of fine but firm tannins and cool climate acidity lead to a phenomenally long finish. Making this sort of wine is why we got in to the wine business in the first place!

To try both of these fantastic wines, come and join us at the barn at:

1491 Highway 8, Stoney Creek, ON, L8E 5K9

Or phone us to reserve your case or for shipping orders by calling 905-643-9795

Directions to the Barn:

From Toronto take QEW Niagara to Fifty Rd. exit. Take Fifty Rd. south (away from the Lake) to Highway 8. Turn Left (east) onto Highway 8 and we are at 1491 Highway 8.

From Niagara take QEW Toronto to Fifty Rd. exit. Take Fifty Rd. south (away from the Lake) to Highway 8. Turn Left (east) onto Highway 8 and we are at 1491 Highway 8.

We look forward to seeing all of you!


Ilya and Nadia Senchuk

Copyright © 2014 Leaning Post Wines, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
1491 Highway 8, Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5K9

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Chardonnay Celebration Weekend!

Hello all Chardonnay lovers! We will be having a special tasting of our Chardonnay this weekend to celebrate the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration.

Friday through Sunday (July 18 – 20) we will have a selection of cheeses in the tasting room (that pair perfectly with Chardonnay) We will be tasting through the 2012 Oaked Chardonnay (Ilya thinks this is the best Chardonnay he has ever made!) and the Barrel Fermented Chardonnay that we call the Fifty. We will also do barrel samples for visitors of the 2013 Oaked Chardonnay. Its always fun to taste wines in process.

Looking forward to seeing many familiar faces this weekend at the tasting room. Tasting Room Open 10-6 Friday and Sunday    10-5 Saturday (got to get pretty for the Gala)

Ilya and I will also be at the Gala celebration for the I 4 C this Saturday evening.

Ilya and Nadia Senchuk

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leaning Post Open Monday of the long weekend

We have had such a great success this weekend and have met so many great people. Because of this, we will be open on Monday May 19th 10am to 6pm. We would love to see you. Come out to try our new wines

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Open During Renovations!

Ilya and I are bubbling over with excitement to announce that after 5 years of planning we will be opening this weekend for tastings. Please be one of the first to visit our new tasting room and spread the word of Ontario’s newest winery!

1491 Hwy 8, Stoney Creek, ON

Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27, 2013 from 11 am-5 pm and every weekend after (until retirement).

All twitter and face book followers can see our upcoming lineup with a barrel tasting!


Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Open During Renovations!

Leaning Post Wines is in the new Vines Magazine (15th Anniversary Edition)

Title: Learning Curve
Any day now, Ilya and Nadia Senchuk will welcome the first customers to their boutique winery in Winona, Ont. The two, who met in their native Winnipeg, Manitoba, have pictured the moment since late night talks as newlyweds saw them dream up Leaning Post, a project that as evolved from being a so-called virtual label to a bricks-and-mortar winery housed in a refurbished barn beside the family home. That vision has guided them through the protracted planning process and helped them keep calm through bureaucratic tie-ups and other interruptions. “Expect delays and a timeline beyond what you think is reasonable,” the couple told VINES, when asked to share insights about starting a winery in Canada. “The average start-up time for a winery in Canada is seven years. Try explaining that to your friends, family, neighbours and bankers.” The couple’s commitment has seen them embrace a DIY philosophy as much as possible to save money and to maintain control of their destiny. Focus is key, especially for a small operation, they insist. Five years and two children since informal chats ignited their passion to start a winery, the Senchuk family is ready to welcome savvy wine lovers to their home to share a taste of their dreams in the form of distinctive Pinot, Chardonnay, Riesling and Syrah from single vineyard sites in Niagara.
Vines Magazine October / November 2013

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Leaning Post Wines is in the new Vines Magazine (15th Anniversary Edition)

Toronto Life Riesling Article

Found this response to a Toronto Life article about Rieslings

I tried the Niagara Riesling Flight at Crush Wine Bar the other day (Leaning Post, Hidden Bench & Charles Baker) what a great way to “crush” some lingering stereotypes about the quality of Ontario Wines!

Rieslings are my favorite choice for fusion cuisine and multicultural spices so prevalent in Toronto. Leaning Post (2009) in particular had the peachy, quince flavors I love and a wicked sharp acidity (most definitely age-worthy).
July 23, 2012 at 11:07 am | by Danielle Nicholls

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on Toronto Life Riesling Article

Taste This…Virtual Perfection

p>Excepts from Taste This… Virtual perfection

Leaning Post Winery Pinot Noir 2009 ($38)
A virtual winery means that the winemaker isn’t tied to his or her estate’s vineyards, which means they can search an entire region for the fruit that suits them best. Ilya Senchuk of Leaning Post Winery told me that it took him a year to find the block of vines that he wanted to work with to create this lovely Pinot Noir. It has a classic Burgundian nose of sour cherry and old leather, following through to a gamey, thyme-infused palate with nuanced complexity and lots of capacity to age. Outstanding.

Leaning Post Winery Riesling 2009 ($25)
This stunning Riesling greets you with a fragrant nose of orange blossoms and rosehip. The delicate bouquet plunges into a chewy palate of rich tangerine and mineral notes. A bracing seam of controlled acidity runs from the initial attack to the lingering finish. This wine already has a lot of personality, but 5 to 10 years will only add more complexity to its vibrant character.


Full artcile can be found @

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Taste This…Virtual Perfection

For the discerning Wine Lover this Holiday Season!

Putting together tasting packs for xmas. It’ll be a great gift for the discerning wine lover in your life. We’ll do up baskets, taster packs of Pinot Noir & Reisling. Mixed Case. Free delivery for case orders. We’ll even try to deliver personally.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on For the discerning Wine Lover this Holiday Season!