Our lucky runners are being treated to complimentary passes to attend the 2018 County Terroir, an annual celebration of spring wine releases from Prince Edward County Wineries! For those of you who weren’t able to register for our run (we SOLD OUT in February), you can still come and have some terroir fun! On Saturday, June 2nd from 11am to 4pm at the Crystal Palace you can wine, dine and dance your way through some of the counties finest 2018 releases from 18 County wineries.
New for 2018, on Sunday, June 3rd you can partake in VIP Cellar Tours for $20 per winery at Lacey Estates Winery, Sandbanks Winery, Huff Estates Winery, Broken Stone Winery, Three Dog Winery, Grange of Prince Edward Winery, Black Prince Winery, Karlo Estate Winery, Rosehall Run, Half Moon Bay Winery, Norman Hardie Winery, Keint-He Winery & Vineyards, Traynor Family Vineyard and Trail Estate Winery. Many thanks again to Prince Edward County Wineries for supporting the Terroir Run!
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!
On May 24th, one hundred brave souls will embark on a journey. They will encounter fields of vineyards, lavender and freshly planted crops. They will endure paved and gravel roads. They may be forced to dance along the route. Before they reach the finish line they will have to run around an old rusty tractor. It will all be worth it once the reach the new frontier-Norman Hardie Winery. They will be rewarded. The are no medals of honour in this run but rather glasses of wine, cider and beer that will celebrate their achievements! Our small group of Star Wars friends took to the run route today to see what the 2014 Terroir Run runners will face… this is their journey.
Distracted by the statue at The Old Third, the commander had to have a glass of Cider to settle him before heading to battle
Found this guy at Broken Stone Winery – he was trying to refuel on Pinot Noir
Yoda has a zen moment at Closson Chase Vineryards
Over and out from Lacey Estates. Vineyard in good shape? Check. Wine chilled? Check.
This droid decided to make a pit stop and recharge at The Grange Winery water station
The battle at Hinterland was fierce to protect all of their bottles of bubbly!
Our troopers couldn’t get in to explore this new found star – Trail Estate Winery. Word is the runners will!
Karlo Estates is not on the route but they refuel the force at Benway Road and Greer Road
Luke – your father is not here at By Chadsey’s Carins – keep running!
Just when he thought he was done, he came across the tractor at Rosehall Run and new…it was almost over
Can you see the force amongst the sign? Norman Hardie Winery – the finish line!
Forget the finish line – our runners aim is the wine-line! While we may pass 9 County wineries along our 11km route we don’t drink their wares along the way, rather, we enjoy the fruits of their labour (and ours) at the final stop. Each participating winery has been asked to feature one of their wines.
We made it to the tractor at Rosehall Run Vineyards only .5km to the finish line!
Hello keen runners and dear friends,
It’s hard to believe it’s February 2013 already! We’ve had many folks reach out to us recently to ask “When’s your run this year?” and “When can we register”? We’ve got great news – it’s May 26th and registration is now live on Eztix!