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Meet our Wineries: Lacey Estates Winery

Kimball Lacey

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!

Meet Our Wineries: Rosehall Run

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In 2001, Winemaker and proprietor Dan Sullivan set the first Pinot Noir vines in the limestone-laced clay that would become the Rosehall Run Vineyards. Over the last 15 years, Rosehall Run has expanded to now include one of the largest wine processing facilities in the County, an underground barrel cellar blasted into the limestone, a spacious and modern concept Tasting Room, a grocer area offering unique locally produced gourmet foods and an outdoor performance tent, featuring seasonal professional theatre and a blues festival. The impressive portfolio of wines that Dan produces continues to offer an exceptional quality to value proposition, exemplifying some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay being produced in the country today. Joining the lineup for 2016, is the highly anticipated methode traditionelle Estate-Grown, multi-vintage CEREMONY, “a well-balanced, rich and flavourful sparkling chardonnay” as described by Master Sommelier John Szabo at an Ontario wine tasting.

We spoke to Dan Sullivan, winemaker & owner of Rosehall Run, about all his winery has to offer…

What sets your winery apart from others?

When talking about the best of Rosehall Run, it is first and foremost about the wine, followed closely by our knowledgeable staff, the friendly people from the vineyard to the tasting room.

We offer a set of unique tasting and drinking experiences that run the gamut from our signature JCR Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to our fun, fizzy, flamingo-coloured Pixie sparkling wine.

Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?

I like to think of our wines as offering a unique personality that sets them apart, but as with many things taken with that which is the newest. With that in mind, our new method champenoise sparkling wine called Ceremony, made from our Hillier grown Chardonnay, is my muse for the upcoming summer of love. Stop by for a splash and see for yourselves!

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

We look forward to having PICNIC food truck back again this summer at Rosehall Run, dishing up super tasty and healthy food that can be enjoyed with a glass of wine overlooking the vineyards from our deck or lawn.

Get on the magic wine bus!

Treat yourself to a day with friends or family on one of Sandbanks Vacation specialty tours and leave the driving to them! Our runners will be getting a $10 voucher towards their next wine tour with Sandbanks Vacations & Tours.

Let them captivate you with an enjoyable, relaxing and educational tour of the many wineries in the area. Their personable, easy-going, informative guides will take you to some of the many hidden gems in the County. Pick from one of two tours OR take both!2012LimoBus_01

West End (Hillier)
The Hillier region is the traditional choice for Wine Tours in Prince Edward County. Located just north of Wellington is an absolute hot spot for vineyards and wineries. Boasting more than twenty wineries often located less than a couple of kilometers apart the area is a must visit for wine enthusiasts. The area soil’s stark resemblance to France’s Burgundy Region has resulted in various award-winning typically French varieties (ie. Pinot Noir) thriving. These varieties are complemented with various celebrated sparkling and ice wine options which give the area a remarkable range given its geographical span.

East End (Waupoos/South Bay)

Another popular destination for Wine Tours in Prince Edward County is the Waupoos region. The region is the birthing place of the modern Wine movement in Prince Edward County and is known for the breathtaking views it offers. Chosen for its spectacular views, soil and climate, the area offers an altogether unique tasting experience. Along with its unique and celebrated collection of wines & ciders the area’s natural beauty makes it a must when visiting the County.

Call 1-877-399-2508 to book your wine tour!