Prince Edward County Wineries
Three Dog Winery
We are John and Sacha Squair. We started planting vines for Three Dog Winery in 2000. We planted 500 Pinot Gris followed by 1500 Pinot Noir in 2002.
Trying to start a vineyard/winery, working it only on the weekends, while living in the GTA is crazy making. In 2003 we made the big leap to "The County".
We want Three Dog to become a gathering place for the community near and far. Not just a winery where you buy a bottle of wine and leave. We want to create a place where you not only want to stop and enjoy a glass of wine, but also a place where Artists, Artisanal Food Producers, Farmers, Craftsman, can come and set up their wares and offer our space for free to share the "Bounty of the County".
Visit their website here
Traynor Family Vineyard
The property was purchased in December 2008, it was a frozen cornfield but proprietor Mike Traynor could see his vision from that moment.
The retail store opened it's doors Labour Day weekend of 2014. Since then, Mike's vision of creating a comfortable space where people can come visit and enjoy has become reality. He is living the dream.
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In 2010, after many years of wine making and researching the best land in Prince Edward County, Michael Lewis found Cape Vessey. He purchased 120 acres of prime land protected by a limestone rock escarpment and Lake Ontario. The property included a large vineyard that was planted in the 1990's that needed extensive work to restore, it was the perfect canvas to build the winery.
We are so excited to announce Prince Edward County's newest food truck, that will be located at our beautiful winery starting in June!! Reggie's is more then just a food truck it's the perfect balance of Mediterranean county fusion using local ingredients with exotic spices, their food is out of this world delicious! Get down to Prince Edward County this summer and tour the east side.
Winery open daily 11 am to 6 pm (May to Dec)
Food Truck Hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm Thur / Fri / Sat / Sun
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TerraCello Winery and the Auciello family welcomes everyone to their farm Winery located just minutes from Sandbanks beach in Prince Edward County.
We look forward to meeting you and enjoying your company while you enjoy a rustic yet refined experience with our wines and our Southern Italian hospitality.
And wait til you try our oven baked pizza with our wine ... "A Match Made in Heaven"!
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Trail Estate Winery
Situated in Hillier, Ontario, where Benway Road intersects the Millennium Trail, Trail Estate Winery is one of the newest wineries in Prince Edward County. We focus solely on small batch wines, and believe this allows us to craft wines which showcase the characteristics of each varietal.
Visit their winery here
The history here at the grange is integral to our winery project. Without this property, with its rolling fields and the historical buildings we would not be doing what we are today.
The building that houses our winery is actually the barn that was built in 1826, and in fact, it is the first barn ever built on the property. The hayloft now houses our tasting bar, and the old limestone basement that was once a dairy milking parlor, is now our wine cellar.
Visit us at: http://grangeofprinceedward.com
Norman Hardie Winery
Norm Hardie is one of a select few winemakers who has mastered the art of tasting, growing and making wine in both hemispheres, in six wine regions around the world. In his early 20s he received his Sommelier certification from the esteemed wine program at the University of Dijon in Burgundy. After working as a sommelier for Four Seasons Hotels for six years, his desire to pursue the art of winemaking led him on a six-year journey apprenticing with winemakers in Burgundy, South Africa, Oregon, New Zealand and California.
In 2003 Hardie put roots down in Prince Edward County by planting 12,000 Pinot Noir vines, 3,000 Chardonnay vines and 2000 Pinot Gris vines. Today Hardie applies his global expertise to crafting
wines that reflect the incredible terroir and cool climate of Ontario.
Visit our website at www.NormanHardie.com
Pizza @ Norm Hardie
Hillier Creek Estates
In the fall of 2000, Amber and Kemp Stewart purchased the property that is now Hillier Creek Estates. Though the property had not been inhabited for 15 years, the land had quite a bit of history,
tracing its roots to the Loyalist days of the County.
Hillier Creek Estates, in its current state, is a farm winery comprised of 50 acres; 24 of which are planted with Gamay, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and our newly planted Vidal.
The barn, now used as our winery, cellar, and tasting room, outdates us all. Estimated to be over 160 years old, the original barn was built directly on the ground.
Visit us online at http://www.HillierCreekEstates.com
Casa Dea Estates
Our Winemaker's goal is to craft excellent wine, producing fruit that expresses the terrior of our property so as to produce characterful, stylish, elegant wines. Our VQA Approved wines have
passed the stringent VQA regulations.
We invite you to visit our Winery to taste and learn about our wines. Our wine is available for purchase on site at our La Pergola Wine Boutique or by contacting us by phone or email. You can have the opportunity to taste Casa-Dea wines at selected Restaurants, B&B's, Inns and Hotels.
Visit us on line at http://www.CasaDeaEstates.com
Note from Owner/President, Lanny Huff
"I grew up in Prince Edward County and I can assure you, once you have it in your blood, you are bound to return. It is a very special place with a long tradition of growing and an exciting new future in fine wine production. That is why I decided to return to 'The County' when my passion for wine could no longer be put aside. Breezy coastal summers, cool colorful falls and ideal soil conditions were the perfect formula for me. Huff Estates was born in an ideal location on the quiet south shore of the peninsula on Lake Ontario.
Our 150 acre plot of land is guarded in the south by ancient oak trees. It seemed to me to be the perfect marriage for great wine. Oak and wine are entwined in a relationship that dates back to early wine making. It is only fitting that the towering oaks of Huff Estate stand guard over the vineyard in the valley below. Huff Estates is dedicated to the production of only the finest wines that this age old relationship of oak and grape can create.”
Visit us online at www.huffestates.com
Bergeron Estates Winery
The Bergeron Family invites you to visit their stunning waterfront winery and vineyard located on the shores of Adolphus Reach, just across the Glenora Ferry on the Loyalist Parkway. Boasting rich clay soils and moderate lakeside temperatures, the conditions are perfect for the production of complex, delicious wines.
Visit us online at http://bergeronestatewinery.com/
Waupoos Estates Winery
The modern pioneers of Prince Edward County wine are Ed Neuser and Rita Kaimins. Ed Neuser, a German-born machinist who came to Canada in 1957, purchased the 100-acre farm century-old house in 1983. Ed chuckles when he recalls the night that he and Rita decided to try planting grapes. "It was after a couple glasses of wine, or maybe it was a couple of bottles," he jokes. "Everybody thought we were off our rockers - we had no experience growing grapes or making wines."
Ed explains that he and Rita traveled extensively, "we visited every wine region on the planet. We knew we wanted a boutique winery." Among the scores of challenges they faced,
according to Ed, was attaining a retail license. It was a process that would end up taking 2 1/2 years to complete. "We had to lobby very hard," he says.
In the end, Ed and Rita's hard work and perseverance paid off: on June 15th, 2001, Waupoos Estates opened for business. Ed is deservedly proud of their accomplishments, "in record time we became a Designated Viticultural Area (DVA). In ten years we've put the County on the world map - it's been quite a journey."
Visit us online at www.WaupoosWinery.com
Stanners Vineyard is a family venture that began in 2003 with the purchase of a parcel of farmland near the village of Hillier in Prince Edward County. The “terroir”, that is, the
soil, terrain and weather, seemed ideal for our quest to produce a Pinot Noir that would be the rival of any in the world.
Our unique winery was built in 2009 using straw bales for the walls of the barrel room, a first for Eastern Canada. The winery is now open for tasting and wine sales.
Visit us online at www.StannersVineyard.ca
Lift Haus Winery
At Lift Haus winery in historic Prince Edward County, the old world meets the new. We grow, nurture, harvest, age and bottle our wines on site in order to present to you the best of our terroir. We invite you to stop by and "lift your spirits" with our wines.
We had in mind the kind of wine we wanted to make which was Pinot Noir. Despite Pinot Noir's reputation as the heartbreak grape, for us there is nobility of taste to this red
wine that sets it apart from other red wines.
Visit us online at www.LiftHausWinery.ca
Harwood Estate Vineyards
You'll be meeting us in action quite often. Our Winemakers, Cellar Manager, Vineyard Manager, Tasting Room Hosts ... any and all going about their daily tasks. We love to talk about
what we're doing. You'll see where the grapes are grown, watch our wines being made and get to know the people who make them.
Visit us online at www.HarwoodEstateVineyards.com
Sugarbush Vineyards is a small family owned (Robert & Sally Peck) and operated vineyard and winery located in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. We are the garagiste winery of Prince Edward County.
You will never find us in your local LCBO store. We want to be able to manage & perform all aspects of our operation and, at the same time, have an enjoyable lifestyle. In
order to do this, we need to stay small. Our wines are only available at our retail store and at a number of Eastern Ontario restaurants. In the next few years we will reach our
peak production of 1500 cases/year.
Our vineyard is herbicide free. All of our weed control is performed manually. We keep mowed grass down our alleys, and use a grape hoe and hand hoes to remove weeds between each vine in the row. This is more expensive and time consuming, but is much better for the long term health of our farm.
Visit us online at www.SugarbushVineyards.ca
Rosehall Run Vineyards is situated on prime grape growing land on Greer Road in Hillier, just off the Loyalist Parkway in Prince Edward County.
Visit us online at www.RosehallRun.com
Closson Chase Vineyards
Closson Chase is a quality-driven producer that has helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry. Since 1999, it has been committed to creating distinctive
wines that rival the world’s finest. Set in Hillier, Ontario, the estate is over 30 acres of south facing, limestone-rich soil under vine; planted high density to the classic
Burgundian-varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with small yields, French-inspired vinification and careful barreling in 100% French oak. But more than that, it is a place of great
Viticulturalist (and iconoclast) Deborah Paskus is one of Canada’s most celebrated winemakers. Deborah wants what is placed in the bottle to represent as natural an expression of the vineyard as possible.
Visit us online at http://clossonchase.com
The Devil's Wishbone Winery
Contact: Paul Gallagher
Long Dog Winery
Visit us online at www.LongDog.ca
Our name, Keint-he Winery & Vineyards, is derived from a native word. Keint-he was the name of one of the four Seneca villages in this part of eastern Ontario. The Senecas were one
of the five tribes of the Iroquois. The word Keint-he was later francocized into, Quinte and used in English names such as, the Bay of Quinte.
Visit us online at http://www.keint-he.ca
The County Cider Company Estate Winery is a family-operated estate winery specializing in mouth-watering hard ciders. (In North America hard cider is an alcoholic drink made from fermented apple
juice.) Carefully crafted from the best apples grown on our family farm and nearby orchards, our ciders are made with 100% pure apple juice.
In recent years, the County Cider Company has expanded its production to include classic wine varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. Grown on our Waupoos and Adolphus Reach estates, every grape is hand-harvested and crafted, by winemaker Jenifer Dean, into wine that embodies the area's rich terroir.
Visit us online at www.CountyCider.com
Karlo Estates is located in the hub of the exciting new wine region of Prince Edward County ("The County"). Its 93 rolling acres of Burgundian soil straddle the regions of Wellington and Hillier.
You will find it on historic Danforth Road, built in 1799. (Yes, the same Danforth famous for Greek food in Toronto.)
Ideally situated close to the shores of Lake Ontario, Karlo Estates enjoys the lake's moderating effects to alleviate Canada's harsh winters and hot summers. The soil, made up of limestone and the famous Hillier clay, closely resembles the celebrated soil of the Burgundy region of France. With latitude similar to Burgundy as well, the County's Karlo Estates promises to produce great Canadian Wines with a distinctive terroir.
Visit us online at www.KarloEstates.com
Del Gatto Estates
Del-Gatto Estates, Bella Vigne is family owned and operated, specializing in hybrid grape varieties. Hand planted, hand picked and hand crafted - our wines will take you on a new journey. You will feel the life in the vines, our love for them, and the passion we have for each vintage. Bringing an authentic feel of Italy to Southern Ontario, we invite you to enjoy something new. Civediamo Presto !
Visit us online at www.del-gattoestates.ca
Sandbanks Estate Winery
Guided and self-guided vineyard tours, contemporary art exhibits and a season full of lively events and entertainment are waiting for you at Sandbanks Estate Winery. You are invited to enjoy our
picnic area, relax and take in the spectacular views of Lake Ontario.
Come and experience some of the County’s finest award winning wines, and celebrate our tenth anniversary year with us.
Cheers! Santé! Salud!
Visit us online at http://www.sandbankswinery.com
By Chadsey's Cairnes
Our wine store is a charming one-room building with mysterious origins, an 1840's architectural jewel hidden from roadside view behind weather-greyed barns. Over the years, like all farm
buildings, it has been put to good practical use: school house for field hands' children, chapel, apple storehouse and workshop, perhaps even for coffin construction for the nearby Chadsey Cemetery.
These days we serve wine tastings.
Visit us online at http://bychadseyscairns.com
Visit our website at http://www.laceyestates.com
Black Prince Winery
Black Prince Winery is located in the picturesque area of Prince Edward County. A region that has the viticulture landscape to produce first-rate wines.
Conveniently located in the heart of this region, in Picton on Highway #33, Black Prince Winery opened to the public in the fall of 2003.
We welcome the public to visit Black Prince Winery retail room and sample our wide selection of wines and learn about the history of our winery and the area.
Visit us online at http://BlackPrinceWinery.com
Exultet Estates Inc.
Family owned and operated, we are a small hands-on operation from vineyard to bottle. Our goal is to make the most elegant expression of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that this land is capable of. To make a wine that says by its taste that it comes from our particular vineyards. Wine that exults!
Visit us online at http://www.exultet.ca/
Hinterland Wine Company
We, Jonas and Vicki, would like to take all the credit for producing these fantastic wines, but most of the credit goes to the vines and the soil they are planted in. The County of Prince Edward is perfectly suited for making sparkling wine. When we pick the grapes, we aim for an appropriate sugar level and acidity to make our base wine that will eventually go through a secondary ferment to product sparkling wine. What is so great about growing sparkling wine grapes in the County is that along with the perfect sugar and acid levels, our grapes have ripened slowly so they have a physiological ripeness! The seeds are brown and there is an exciting complexity in the flavour of our grapes.
Visit us online at http://www.hinterlandwine.com/
Lighthall Vineyards Inc.
Lighthall Vineyards is a small, proud, low volume and high quality winery located in the Prince Edward Region of Ontario, Canada. With our tasting bar inside the production area, we aspire to share this enriching experience with every customer that comes to visit.
Visit us online at http://www.lighthallvineyards.com/
In the summer of 2003, during one of our numerous trips from Luskville to Consecon to inspect the construction of our new house, this beautiful red tail hawk appeared to us perched at the top of a telephone pole across the street from the future vineyard. When the same hawk was found on the same perch on the following two visits, Pauline and I knew this was a sign and we decided to call our vineyard: “Redtail Vineyard”. When we moved in, we discovered that a pair of red tail hawks was nesting near the house.
But the story continues. Our first vines were planted on June 19, 2004 under the supervision of Geoff Heinricks. Once the job was done, we all returned to the house where Champagne was chilling on ice to celebrate the occasion. On the front porch, overlooking the vineyard, all three of us raised our glass to toast the new plants. At that precise moment, both red tail hawks flew out in front of us and treated us to aerial acrobatics. What an omen!
Visit us online at http://www.redtailvineyard.com
The Old Third Vineyard and Winery
The Old Third Vineyard takes its name from the original term for the area. The property is situated on Closson Road which bisects the Third Concession, a Crown grant near the end of the 18th Century. However, the road was named Closson only relatively recently. Prior to that it was not officially named so the people who lived here called it The Old Third.
Visit us online at http://www.theoldthird.com
Dear Dr. Vinny, What are synthetic wine corks made of? —Adrian, United Kingdom Dear Adrian, The two main types of synthetic corks are made from either petrochemical-based plastics or plant-based plastics. The petrochemical-based plastics are made from low-density polyethylene, a pliable type of plastic. Plastic pellets are melted down, and then turned into a foam consistency so they’ll mimic natural cork’s spongy texture, typically then covered with a smooth outer skin. The plant-based plastic corks are similar in production, except that they are made from biopolyethylene, a type of renewable polyethylene that’s made from ethanol derived from the dehydration process of raw materials like sugarcane and sugar beets. The plant-based synthetics are increasing in popularity, since they have a low carbon footprint and are renewable. Bioplastics like these are also commonly used to make water and soda bottles. Why do some wineries choose synthetics over traditional natural corks, screwcaps or composites? Synthetic corks are cheap: They cost about a dime to 15 cents each, about the same as a composite cork; screwcaps can cost up to 25 cents, and good-quality natural corks can cost anywhere from 75 cents to $2. Some folks opt for synthetic corks to eliminate the risk of "cork taint," or the potential for irregularities that arises from using a natural product like cork. I don’t mind synthetic corks, but they can be really hard to get out of the bottle—they can be so stiff sometimes that I’ve actually broken a corkscrew on a couple of them. I’ve also heard anecdotal reports that wine aged for a long time (years) under synthetic cork can take on some off odors or flavors that may be linked to the plastic. —Dr. Vinny
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If I buy bottles of wine to take home from a tasting room, is it customary to tip on those? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, When visiting a winery for a tasting, I always tip the server in the tasting room. If I buy bottles to take home, is it customary to tip on those as well? —Connie, Fredericksburg, Texas Dear Connie, Tasting room experiences vary, from simple belly-up-to-the-bar tastings to much more informative sit-down experiences, and the expected etiquette can vary as well. Overall, I’d say that tipping at wineries isn’t expected or necessary, but if you get good service, it’s very kind of you to hand someone a $5, $10 or $20 bill, depending on the size of your party, the duration of your tasting and the quality of the service. But no, you do not need to provide an additional tip on any bottles of wine that you purchase to take home. Back in the olden days, tastings were usually free, with the hope/expectation that you’d buy a bottle of wine. With the addition of fees, the expectation that you'll buy a bottle seems to have faded. But pay attention to your tab: Some wineries may include a gratuity on the bill. And if you’re not sure, it’s always OK to ask. —Dr. Vinny
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What’s the difference between Bordeaux and Burgundy? And are they interchangeable when it comes to cooking and recipes? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, What’s the difference between Bordeaux and Burgundy? And if I use a Bordeaux red wine in a recipe that calls for Burgundy, will that affect the taste of the dish? —Katherine, Phoenix, Md. Dear Katherine, Bordeaux and Burgundy are both wine regions in France. In Europe, wines are typically referred to by their designated geographic origin (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, or A.O.C., in France; Denominazione di Origine Controllata, or D.O.C., in Italy, etc.) rather than by what grape they're made of. For instance, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are all actual places in addition to being the terms we use to refer to the wines from those places. Bordeaux’s red wines are largely based on the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, along with Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Bordeaux whites are usually blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Meanwhile, Burgundy’s red wines are made from Pinot Noir (the Beaujolais region is technically considered part of Burgundy as well, and the red wines there are made from Gamay), while white Burgundies are made from the Chardonnay grape. You asked about cooking with red wine, so let me speak in very broad terms here. The wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy are quite different. Generally, red Bordeauxs will be bigger, heavier and more tannic or drying than wines from Burgundy. I’d expect purple fruit, tobacco and anise flavors in Bordeaux, while Burgundies should show off red fruit flavors, spice and fresh earth notes. As far as substituting for each other in cooking? I think that depends. If it’s just a splash of red wine, it probably doesn’t matter. But if you’re making coq au vin with an entire bottle of wine, well, that would change the flavor profile a bit. Pinot Noir’s red fruit flavors are ideal pairings with the bacon and mushrooms in that dish, and that might be lost by substituting a red Bordeaux. I’d recommend substituting another Pinot Noir if you don't have any red Burgundy available. —Dr. Vinny
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Is there a universal wineglass style I can use for red and white wines? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, I’m having a big party and want to serve red and white wine, but I only want to use one type of wineglass. What do you suggest? —Leslieann, Brooklyn, N.Y. Dear Leslieann, I think an all-purpose set of quality glassware is a terrific investment for wine lovers, because it will help you enjoy your wine. There are a lot of variables and brands and specialty glasses out there, but nice options start at about $15 a glass, and less if you're buying a set (or take advantage of holiday sales). If your budget can go up to $20 or $25, you’ll have even more options. I don’t have an endorsement deal with a wineglass company yet, so I’ll just give you some general advice. Most important, look for glasses with a thin rim. I used to recommend hand-blown glass, but there’s been a lot of advancement in machine-made glasses in recent years, so there are more options now. For a single, all-purpose shape, I’d recommend a tall Bordeaux-style glass (versus the wider-bowled Burgundy styles). I find this shape works well with a wide range of wines, including sparkling and dessert-style wines. I like that they’re a little easier to handle and swirl. They should taper in slightly at the top to concentrate the aromas. I wouldn’t pick anything smaller than 10 ounces—my all-purpose glasses hold more than 20 ounces, but I am an absent-minded swirler, and a bit of a klutz sometimes. Those glasses keep the wine in my glass and not on the tablecloth. If you can, try to hold them in your hand first to see how they feel, and imagine you’ll have about a third of the glass full of wine. Will you be able to do a healthy swirl without spilling? Does it feel balanced? Or is it too top-heavy? I’m not a fan of stemless wineglasses because fingerprint smudges drive me nuts, but they are a good option for households with limited cupboard space or excitable tail-wagging dogs. They're certainly easier to fit in the dishwasher. I’ve found that wineglasses are a deeply personal choice. I have a couple of specialty glasses that represent the types of wines I drink most often, and Champagne flutes that I like to hand out to guests when they arrive (but some of my colleagues have convinced me that sparkling wine is best enjoyed in a larger glass). If it’s within your budget to expand your collection, have fun. I’ve been lucky enough to sit through a few wineglass seminars to know that there’s some science behind all of those shapes, and they can matter. But please treat yourself to some good basic glasses. I remember the first time I set a table and everyone had the same wineglass. I felt like I unlocked an impressive adulting achievement. —Dr. Vinny
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Is it OK to store wine upright if it has a screwcap? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, If a bottle of wine has a twist-off cap, is it OK to store it upright? —David Dear David, The primary reason that wine bottles sealed with natural corks are stored on their sides is to keep the cork moist, so that it doesn't dry out and shrink. Screwcaps don't need to be kept moist to remain effective, so yes, it's OK to store wine with a twist-off cap upright. But you should still follow the same general principles of good wine storage, including protecting the wine from light and vibration and keeping it at a steady, cool temperature. Since I like to store all of my wine together, I keep the screwcaps on their sides in the racks with the rest of my bottles. —Dr. Vinny
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