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, Can alcohol be removed from wine by using alcohol dehydrogenase? —Elahee, Mauritius Dear Elahee, Alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH) are a group of enzymes that break down alcohol into other compounds that can be removed from the human body. Our bodies create several types of this enzyme in our stomach and liver, and when we take a drink and ethanol enters our body, it encounters ADH, which converts toxic ethanol into acetaldehyde. The bad news is that acetaldehyde is also toxic, but the good news is that it’s quickly converted to acetate and other molecules that can be absorbed rather harmlessly by aldehyde dehydrogenase-2 (ALDH2). Even better, ALDH2 may be associated with some of wine's cardiovascular benefits. Speaking of, if you read up on ALDH2 (and really, who wouldn’t?), you might see that its presence can vary. Some people have a genetic deficiency of the enzyme, meaning that they accumulate acetaldehyde, which can cause a red flush on their face (sometimes referred to as "Asian flush" or "glow"). Women also tend to have less of this enzyme per unit of body mass, which is one of the reasons that recommended alcohol allowances differ by gender. It sounds like you’re asking if you could use ADH outside of our bodies to remove ethanol from wine. If you’re into theoretical chemistry, then … sort of? My chemistry professor friend tells me there is some experimental research out there looking at this process as a tool in the future. But for now there are a couple problems, starting with the fact that you can’t exactly go out and buy the enzyme. Even if you could, the enzyme works at the cellular level, in our body’s mitochondria, and not so well in a wineglass. Finally, there’s another molecule in the equation, a co-enzyme that’s found in living cells with the totally made-up-sounding name of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which helps break the ethanol down completely. You’d need to add that to the mix as well, and my research indicates that this stuff is really bitter. I’m sorry to say the science isn’t quite there yet. —Dr. Vinny
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What does it mean to say a wine is made in the “New World” style? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, What does it mean to say a wine is made in the “New World” style? —Richard, Richmond, U.K. Dear Richard, The terms “Old World” and “New World” have been shorthand to describe Europe/Asia/Africa and everywhere else (respectively) for hundreds of years. It’s relatively new to refer to wine in these terms, but they became useful as the wine world became more globalized. As far as a “style,” New World wines (think California, Australia, South Africa) are typically grown in warmer climates and have become known for their riper, more fruit-forward styles. Old World wines, typically from cooler climates, classically showed off more savory, structured styles. These days, the terms are a bit of a relic. There is much more crossover, and more regions and styles than ever before. There are savory, cool climate wines made in the New World, and some vintages in Europe that show off riper flavors. I don’t really hear the terms used as broadly as they were 20 years ago, and these days you might hear about a Bordeaux made in a New World style, or a Napa Cabernet made in an Old World style. —Dr. Vinny
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What are the similarities between red and white wines? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, What are the similarities between red and white wines? —Adekunle, Lagos, Nigeria Dear Adekunle, All wine, by definition, is made from fermented grapes, and that’s what both reds and whites have in common. Well, that and being wet. There are a lot of different types of wine grapes out there: Some are dark red, purple or nearly black in color, with highly pigmented skins, and those make the red wines; and lighter colored "green" grapes make the white wines. But you can take red wine grapes and limit the skin contact and make pink or rosé wines, and you can take white wine grapes and extend the contact with the skins and create those “orange” wines all the cool kids are talking about. Red wines and white wines tend to be made differently. Most typically, when making white wine, the grapes are pressed and just the juice is fermented, while with red wines, the skins are left in with the juice (a process called "maceration"), and sometimes even whole clusters of grapes are left intact during the process. That gives red wine both its darker color, higher level of tannins and fuller body and structure. —Dr. Vinny
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Can an aerator serve the same role as a cork in an open bottle of wine? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, Can an aerator serve the same role as a cork in an open bottle of wine? —Dave, Terrell, Texas Dear Dave, I think you’re referring to plastic aerators that also work as pourers. You insert a rubber stopper into the neck of a bottle, and as the wine is poured through the long stem of a pouring spout, you can see it bubbling away, aerating. There are also hand-held aerators, and they work by pouring the wine through it into your glass. For the record, I’m not a huge fan of these products. They claim to provide the “optimal” amount of air to a wine to make them most expressive, but in my experience the ideal amount of air varies from wine to wine. I’m happy simply swirling my glass, or using a decanter if the occasion calls for it. Adding another variable into the equation doesn’t help me. But some people love them. By definition, an aerator serves the opposite function of a cork or any other closure—closures keep oxygen out, aeration exposes the wine to oxygen. Even though these particular aerators have a rubber stopper, they will not seal a bottle of wine and protect it from further exposure to oxygen, which will probably cause the wine to fade after a day or two. I’d recommend putting the cork back in, and storing the wine in the fridge to slow down the oxidation. —Dr. Vinny
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How do you ensure the consistency of blind wine reviews from one flight of wines to the next? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, You’ve written that for Wine Spectator blind tastings, the wines are organized into flights by varietal, appellation and/or region, and that the ratings reflect “How highly our taster regards each wine relative to other wines.” My question is, does the rating reflect each wine relative to other wines for each flight? If yes, how do you compare wines from different flights related to the same appellation or region? —Sergei Dear Sergei, Good question. Let me take a step back and make sure you can picture the tasting process in its entirety. Each reviewer has his or her own "tasting beats," or wine categories, like Bordeaux, or New Zealand, or Port. That gives our tasters a chance to develop expertise in their regions. When they sit down to a flight of wines that the tasting coordinators have arranged, they're bringing all of their experience with that category to the table. The wines are tasted in what is called a single-blind tasting, in which the reviewer knows the varietal, vintage and/or appellation of the wine, but not the producer or the price. We stand behind this process because we believe that the very best wines reflect where they’re from. The wines are disguised in bags, to keep this process as fair and objective as possible. I like to say it’s a very democratic way of reviewing wine, where everyone has an equal chance at a great score. But we go a step further. Two, actually. First, each flight begins with a benchmark wine, which has already been reviewed. That’s the only wine that’s not bagged, and the score the wine had been given is marked clearly on the bottle. That’s a really helpful reference tool for the taster to use throughout the flight as a way to calibrate. Finally, each flight also has at least a ringer somewhere in there. A previously rated wine is hidden among all the others, and the taster doesn’t know which wine it is until all of the scores are locked in and the bags are removed. They can check and make sure they are on track with how they previously rated something. It’s a helpful tool to make sure we are being consistent with our scores from flight to flight. —Dr. Vinny
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