The Prince Edward County Experience
Welcome to Prince Edward County, a Designated Viticultural Area in Ontario with close to 40 wineries and new ones popping up every year. Our winemakers are true pioneers – tenacious, innovative and passionate.
The limestone-rich soils of Prince Edward County produce wines with an unmistakable sense of place. The natural minerality of the soil is highlighted in the wines along with other flavours developed from the nutrients and minerals that the grapes absorb as they grow.
Our winemakers are serious about wine, but the tasting experience in Prince Edward County is refreshingly unpretentious. Sip award-winning wines quietly looking out over acres of vineyards, or enjoy the hustle and bustle of a crowded patio.
With tasting rooms in rustic old barns, industrial production facilities, and modern, sleek concrete & steel buildings, wine tasting in Prince Edward County never gets boring.
Hard Work That Pays Off
Prince Edward County has a long and rich agricultural history. Our winemakers are carrying on that tradition today with grapes being their crop. They’re one-part farmer, one-part mad scientist and one-part chef. They work tirelessly year round to manage their vineyards, harvest their grapes, and work their magic in the cellar to produce high-quality wines.
Being on the north shore of Lake Ontario, the lake effect moderates the temperature throughout the year and shields us from early fall frosts, allowing the fruit to hang on the vine a little longer, developing more concentrated flavours. However, we face a big challenge every winter when temperatures can dip below -24C — the point at which buds on the vines will die.
To protect them, we “hill up” the vines after harvesting the grapes in the fall and bury them under the soil, which provides enough insulation to keep them alive over the winter. In the spring, we undertake the mammoth task of de-hilling the vines — removing the soil and uncovering the vines. It’s a delicate task that must be done by hand to prevent damage.
No other wine region in Canada does this, but we think the extra effort is worth it.
A Diverse Variety of Wines
Many wineries specialize in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which do particularly well here due to the moderating lake effect on the climate and since these varieties tend to readily pick up the characteristics of the soil bringing unique flavour profiles to the wine.
Prince Edward County is still a relatively young wine region and since our winemakers have an adventurous spirit, there are lots of wineries doing innovative things with Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Gamay, Pinot Gris, Baco Noir, Merlot and quite a few more…
With such a wide variety of wines being produced across the County, why not try something you’ve never had before? It might just be a new favourite.