Terroir_Run_2016_228May 28, 2016 was a fabulous day for a run in Prince Edward County! We had the most runners to date (125pp) and despite the hotter than usual weather (we peaked over 28 degrees at 10:00am) we had success right through to the finish line!

Our gracious hosts Bruno Francois and Jens Korberg of The Old Third Vineyard started our run off with a BANG! Elvis, a giraffe, Duff Beer lady, 2 students from Hogwarts Academy and 5 folks in wool kilts (hot, hot, hot) added some great ZEST to our run. We had two German Pointers go the distance with their owners, several pregnant runners (4 and 6 months along) make it to Norman Hardie Winery with the promise of pizza for lunch AND we saw a personal record for Malcolm Jolley of Good Food Revolution who completed his first ever 10km in 63 minutes!

Congrats to our Top 3 Female and Top 3 Male runners who will join us as our guests in 2017. You can read more about them here. Many thanks to Jo Dickins of Jo Dickins Photography and Joanne Welch for the great photos capturing the day! Visit Jo Dickins Gallery here and Joanne’s Gallery here.

Runners, their families and friends enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the staff at Norman Hardie Winery, the volunteers of Slow Food the County and Andrew Hunter of Buddha Dog. Non-alcoholic refreshments were prepared by Propeller Coffee & Pluck Teas served with a smile by the Tethong family. All of our winery and cidery partners provided an array of their terroir to compliment the pizza’s and salads.

We’d like to thank our runners who helped us donate $500 to Slow Food the County Seed Fund to support good, clean and fair food production in the County, as well as, $500 to the Quinte Humane Society to support animals in need in the Quinte region.

We’re already planning for May 27, 2017 when our 7th annual Terroir Run will take place. Tickets will go live shortly (but not before our 2016 runners get advanced registration notice). We will be hosting a Pre-Run Buffet BBQ at County Road 33 Beer Co. on May 26th and a Back To The Start Barn Party at The Old Third Vineyard with Chef Jamie Kennedy and some stellar live entertainment on the evening of May 27th. Make sure to SAVE THE DATE and book your accommodations now!

 

PicMonkey Collage - Terroir Run Top 3 2016Our run is a FUN run not a race, however, we do celebrate the Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female runners who make it to our finish winery ahead of the pack. This year’s run was a scorcher so 10km felt like twice the distance in the heat!

Outstanding in their field for male runners from left to right: Dan Buffery was the 1st to cross in approximately 43 minutes (we don’t wear time chips – the time is kept by one of our volunteers at the finish line) followed by Jeff Green at 45 minutes (Jeff is a returning Top 3 runner from 2015) and Mathieu Carriere and his Pointer at 49 minutes.

Outstanding in their field for female runners from Left to Right: Isabelle Décarie MacKenzie came in at 52 minutes followed by Tori Maden in 53 minutes and Shauna Duigenan in 54 minutes.

Congratulations to all 6 of you as you receive a complimentary registration for our 2017 May 27th run!

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Winemaker Kimball Lacey

Guest Blog by Hannah Stein

In 1982, the Lacey Estates property was originally purchased, by Charles and Mollie Lacey, as a summer retreat; thus, beginning the journey towards their winemaking future. Known as one of the best areas for grape growing in PEC, Hillier’s clay loam soil produces wines with profound tastes, textures and balance. After planting the first vines of the field in 2003 with pinot gris, pinot noir and chardonnay, the Lacey family continued to develop and expand both their vineyard and palates, later introducing riesling, gewurztraminer and baco noir vines to their soils, as well. Today, Lacey Estates continues to operate as a family-owned winery, located in the beautiful area of Prince Edward County.

We spoke to Liz Lacey about the highlights of Lacey Estates, her family-owned winery…

What sets your winery apart from others?

Lacey Estates Winery prides itself on producing small batches of hand-crafted, terroir-inspired wines. Each plant in our vineyard has been personally planted by hand by members of the Lacey family. Hard work and dedication to the craft is what makes our wines stand out among the best of the best. Our tasting bar was handcrafted by the family, using 120 year old maple flooring from the 1800’s farmhouse beside the winery. When visiting the winery, our staff will guide you through our wines and explain exactly how to pair and best enjoy the wines at home and with friends.

Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?

Choosing a favourite wine is always difficult because each one is unique in it’s own way and expresses true old and new world styles.

What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?

This year, we are offering Terroir runners the opportunity to visit us on Friday for a wine & cheese pairing during the day. They can drop by the winery throughout the weekend for a complimentary tasting, as well!

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Trail_Estate_Small_Less4cmGuest blog by Hannah Stein

In 2011, Anton and Hildegard Sproll embarked on the journey of owning a vineyard, when they fell in love with the 14 acre property situated where Benway Road intersects the Millennium Trail in Prince Edward County. No strangers to hard work; they had just retired from running a successful bakery for 30 years. The family has all its bases covered to start up a business, with son and graphic designer, Alex Sproll and daughter and accountant, Sylvia Sproll. They enlisted the help of winemaker and grape grower, Mackenzie Brisbois to craft their wines. Trail Estate Winery is a passionate winery that strives to produces terroir-driven wines of exceptional quality.

We spoke to Alex Sproll about the highlights of his family’s own, Trail Estate Winery

What sets your winery apart from others?

I think that what sets us apart is our focus on great food-friendly wines, made in small batches. This allows for the making of wines without being excessively commercial. This year, for example, we made some skin contact whites in insanely small batches and they’re brilliant! It’s not to say we’ll always keep things that small, but we do have the flexibility for it. This allows the winemaker to consistently push the envelope and provide interesting tasting experiences for guests — and we’ve got no animals on our labels! We also want to get people to interact with the winemaker and learn more about viticulture and wine. This year, we’ll be having a set of winemaker-led tours and tastings every Friday and structured tastings every Saturday. They’ll last anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour and are bound to be a great addition to the winery.

Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?

I don’t have a favorite; I think one of the great things is to keep trying new things! If anything though, I do prefer wines with great floral and flinty aromatics — be it Pinot Noirs, Rieslings, Sauv Blanc or Chardonnay — I just find them more lively and interesting. Wine should have life! I shy away the majority of Merlot, Cab Sauvs or anything else too sweet and cloying.

What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?

This year, watch your step! Since we’re in a bit of an expansion phase, the entrance is through the roll-up door at the back, therefore, we’ve shifted the tasting bar to be in the middle of the winery. It’s a bit make-shift but the tasting bar is now literally beside the barrels! It’s also all smooth gravel around our winery at the moment, so runners can enjoy our section of softer, pothole-free road!

 

imgres-5Guest Blog by Hannah Stein

Opened in 1998, Closson Chase Vineyards is a quality-driven wine producer, located in beautiful Prince Edward County. Their vines produce premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and their dedication to quality, small-scale harvesting and production practices help to make their wines stand out. In their high-density, 30-acre vineyard, all grapes are hand-picked, and carefully selected, as to consistently produce the best quality wines possible. With the skills of winemaker Keith Tyers, Closson Chase is committed to creating distinctive wines that rival the world’s finest.

We spoke to Erin MacInnis of Closson Chase Vineyards, about all that this winery has to offer…

What sets your winery apart from others?  

At Closson Chase, we are viticulture focused; we take the time to tend to our fruit and give it what to needs to thrive in our particular climate. Our staff are dedicated to sustainable practices throughout our vineyards and winery.

Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?

I love the Vineyard Chardonnay, as I feel it is a very pure interpretation of the diversity of both our soil and climate.

What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?

The wine, of course!