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Meet our wineries: The Old Third Vineyard

Jans and Bruno from The Old Third

Jans and Bruno from The Old Third

Guest blog by Hannah Stein

In 2004, partners Jens Korberg & Bruno Francois decided to start looking for a property to plant a vineyard. Excited by the possibilities in Prince Edward County, they started to make a number of trips there and quickly fell in love with its history and beautiful countryside. They finally found a small property that was 90% plantable; the soil, drainage, heat and steep southern exposure gave it great potential to make fantastic Pinot Noir. The Old Third is farmed using a reasoned approach to organic viticulture, the goal being to reduce as much as possible the chemicals applied to the land, as to maximize its health. They believe that the finest wines are made with this philosophy. Taking its name from the original term for the area, The Old Third Vineyard is situated on Closson Road which bisects the Third Concession, a Crown grant near the end of the 18th Century.

We spoke to Jens Korberg, winemaker & co-owner of The Old Third Vineyard, about what this unique winery has to offer…

What sets your winery apart from others?
With 3,600 vines per acre, we are one of the very few vineyards who planted high density. Almost all others are low density, at 1000 vines per acre, with only a few at medium density. When densities are over 3500, such as ours, the vine is smaller, more efficient and their roots, which are in competition with each other, go deeper. This means that the fruit ripens earlier, the yield is lower and the canes harder sooner, so they have better winter tolerance. For this and many other reasons, vineyards all over burgundy and, of course, most of the finest around the world, are planted high density. Also, we do not buy our grapes; all of our wines are made from single vineyard, estate grown grapes.

Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?
Like all of our vines, the wines are our children; we love each and every one of them.

What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?
At our winery, guests can enjoy a ham and cheese crepe with a glass of sparkling cider made in exactly the same manner as our traditional method sparkling wines. We also have our pinot noir and cabernet franc but the cabernet franc does sell out fast!

Our commitment to local and sustainable

In an effort to keep all of our run supplies local and sustainable we are pleased to announce that this year our runners will be wearing Me to We Style Canadian made organic cotton t-shirts!

Me to We is a social enterprise that is centered around the Me to We philosophy, which is about improving our lives and our world by reaching out to others. It involves focusing less on “Me” and more on “We”—our communities, our nation and our world. Me to We Style evolved from this worldwide movement and philosophy. In a time of growing social awareness, consumers want to wear clothing that reflects their values. By using certified organic fair trade cotton, Me to We ensures that you get the best, highest quality products and that farmers, producers and manufacturers all receive a fair wage in the supply chain. The Me to We product line is ethical, flexible and stylish.

A Taste of Nature


Our runners love being one with nature and enjoy authentic tastes of a place. Lucky for them they’ll be getting a Taste of Nature certified organic food bar at the finish line! The kind folks at Taste of Nature are supplying us with their Homegrown Ontario bars which are also Kosher, vegan AND non-GMO!