Suzanne Janke |
Estate Director, Stratus Vineyards

Suzanne Janke

I am grateful that I found my path at such an early age and have been afforded the opportunity to be part of our developing Canadian wine culture. I take great pleasure in arriving to the humble backdrop of a vineyard everyday and finding creative ways to express its significance in a shareable, glo Suzanne Janke

Born and raised in the Niagara Peninsula, Suzanne’s passion for agritourism has been lifelong and was ignited with her first summer job at a prominent Niagara-on-the-Lake market that focused on selling local farm products to international visitors. There, her intrigue with the clientele from Asia propelled her to spend three years working in Japan and Korea after completing her university degree in Business Communications.

Excited about the evolution of Niagara’s culinary and wine potential, she returned home to ‘her roots’ and has dedicated her career to the growth of Niagara’s wine industry from
a visitor, cultural and consumer perspective - first as the Director of Tourism Marketing at Chateau des Charmes; and since at Stratus Vineyards where she was recruited in 2005 to be part of the opening management team.

In her current role as Estate Director of Stratus, she is responsible for the retail, digital, and experience channels; media and public relations and drives packaging, product stream, sustainability and partnership initiatives. Known for her thorough understanding of Niagara’s wine evolution, progressive thinking and global vision, Suzanne actively participates on numerous industry committees and boards.

Beyond work, she is happily sharing life’s adventures, delicious, sporty, cultural and otherwise, with her two young sons, Ellis and Félix.