In the past 16+ years Prince Edward County (aka “the County”) has burst onto the national wine scene with the establishment of dozens of vineyards and over 35+ distinct wineries producing award-winning vintages. The County has also been growing a reputation as the Gastronomic Capital of Canada for its bounty of artisan producers: cheese makers, chocolatiers, coffee roasters, cideries, heirloom vegetable heros, beekeepers and craft brewers – its celebrated chefs like Jamie Kennedy, Matty DeMille & Neil Dowson and finally its remarkable island mentality that result in an interweaving of our robust arts community into each. Simply put, The County is a hotbed of, and for, people who love life. In 2011, when we chose to test the Terroir Run idea of bringing all of these elements together with a healthy activity, we spoke with several of the wineries. Needless to say Hillier was chosen as the route for our run due to the concentration of talented wine makers and their collective enthusiasm for the project, in addition to a gorgeous running route. A special thanks to each and every winery that supports our run! Santé.
The pinot noir is planted high density at 3,400 vines per acre on a south-south-east ridge. Their wines are made only with the grapes grown in their vineyard. In 2014, they launched their Russet Cider – fabulous! http://www.theoldthird.com/vineyard.html Twitter @TheOldThird
Broken Stone Winery opened it’s doors on the May 24th weekend of 2013! Focused on producing fabulous Pinot Noir – we’re thrilled to have them on our run! They launched their new Chardonnay in May of 2014. Open weekends Victoria Day through Labour Day from 11am to 5pm. http://brokenstonewinery.com Twitter @BrokenStoneWine
Deborah Paskus, one of Canada’s premier winemakers, is using centuries-old European traditions to create the exceptional Pinot Noris and Chardonnays on which the County is building its reputation. Visitors are invited for daily tastings. Hours: 11 am – 5 pm, Mon., to Thur., 10 am – 6 pm, Fri., to Sun., April 15 to Nov 30; by appointment Mon., to Fri., 11 am – 5 pm Sat., & Sun., Dec 1 to Apr. 14. http://clossonchase.com/ Twitter @ClossonChase
Making quality a family tradition. The family owned and operated winery produces estate-grown terroir inspired wines that blend old world and new world techniques. Thier focus is to produce small bates of high-quality wines. http://www.laceyestates.com/ Twitter @LaceyEstates804
Home of the award-winning wines of Trumpour’s Mill. Twenty-four hectares (60 acres) of lush vineyards and a dramatic tasting room housed in an historic barn. Loyalist version of a French wine estate complete with rich textures and old-world charm. Open daily for wine tasting, lunch and tours.
Jonas Newman and Vicki Samaras, the innovative sparkling wine specialists of PEC, have made a delicious, light (seven percent alcohol), off-dry pink, gamay fizz they call “The Babymaker.” Ancestral takes its more serious name from a process used in Bugey, a village along the Rhône River in eastern France. The fizz is created by capturing the CO2 of the primary fermentation (which occurs at very low temperature) to preserve the fruitiness. It’s pale pink and very bright, with a fresh nose of raspberry-redcurrant fruit jam. It’s medium-sweet yet delightfully fresh and pure, with a lingering redcurrant fruit. Great wine in bed — Valentine’s Day or not.
A charming destination, west of Wellington, where you are invited to experience estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Enjoy a glass of wine on thier vineyard-deck or in our picnic area. Weekend guided tours. Open seasonally, 11 am – 6 pm, daily.
A small boutique winery carved into a gentle sloping hill. Our entire focus is growing the highest-quality grapes and crafting outstanding wines. Hours: 11 am – 6 pm, daily, Terroir weekend to Christmas; off-season, by chance or appointment. Group tours over 15 people, please pre-book.
Karlo Estates is ideally situated close to the shores of Lake Ontario, creating moderating effects which help alleviate Canada’s cool climate. With latitude and soil similar to the Burgundy region of France, they produce great Canadian wines with distinctive terroir. Thanks to limestone soils, hand crafting and low yields; expect delicate complexity in a lighter weight with a refined texture. Karlo Estates joins the pioneering spirit to offer 100% premium Canadian wines in beautiful Prince Edward County. http://karloestates.com/ Twitter @karloestates
The newest winery in PEC (slated to open the end of May 2014), Trail Estate Winery is along our route on Benway Road. This small-batch winery is kicking their first season off with Pinot Noir Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and their Estate Wine (Riesling & Gewürztraminer blend). http://trailestate.com Twitter @TrailEstateWine