With close to 40 wineries in Prince Edward County, it can be overwhelming to plan a wine tour. How do you choose which ones to visit? Whether you have an hour, a day or a weekend, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your time here.
Who’s coming with you? Talk to your companions and find out what kind of wine they like. White or red? Do they like Pinot Noir? Chardonnay? Cabernet Franc? Sparkling? You get the idea. Finding out what people like can help you zero in on the wineries that they would like to try. Anyone been to The County before? Or have a friend who has? What wineries do they recommend?
Figure out your mode of transportation
By car or by bike? Bike tours can be a fun way to explore Prince Edward County, but keep in mind that you’ll visit fewer places. If you’re driving, how many cars will you need? Who’ll be the designated driver(s)? No volunteers? Luckily there are tour companies who will pick you up and chauffeur you around, worry free.
Make your list
Realistically, you can visit up to 4 or 5 wineries in a day. Make them count. There are a wide variety of wineries in Prince Edward County. If it’s your first time, try to mix it up to get a full picture of what we’re all about. Visit a big one, a small one, a rustic one and a sophisticated one.
Pick an area – the east, the south or the west and try a few in the same region. Or, pick one from each and enjoy a leisurely scenic drive in between.
Check it twice
Most wineries are open 11am-6pm in the summer, but hours vary in the late fall and winter. Some are only open weekends. Check the hours to make sure they’ll be open when you arrive.
Plan your route
Travelling around an unfamiliar place can be confusing. Use our interactive map to plan your route – it’s mobile-friendly so if you find yourself lost, use your mobile device to help you get re-oriented. Don’t forget a pit stop for lunch!
How many people will be in your group? If it’s more than 8, be sure to call the wineries at least a day or two in advance to let them know you’re coming. They’ll be able to prepare for your tasting so that it all runs smoothly.
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