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Wine not come to County Terroir?!?!

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!

Meet our Wineries: Trail Estate Winery

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!

 

May the 24th be with you!

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

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

Found this guy at Broken Stone Winery – he was trying to refuel on Pinot Noir

Yoda has a zen moment at Closson Chase Vineryards

Yoda has a zen moment at Closson Chase Vineryards

Over and out from Lacey Estates. Vineyard in good shape? Check. Wine chilled? Check.

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

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!

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!

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

Karlo Estates is not on the route but they refuel the force at Benway Road and Greer Road

Luke - your father is not here - keep running!

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

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!

Can you see the force amongst the sign? Norman Hardie Winery – the finish line!

Welcome Trail Estate Winery

IMG_20140519_154741_1We’re thrilled to have one of the County’s newest wineries (so new that they don’t even open until the end of May 2014) join our run – welcome Trail Estate Winery! Located along our route on Benway Road, Trail Estate Winery is focused solely on small-batch wines. Their goal is to create superb wines utilizing the best hand-picked grapes, which will reflect the particular vintage and showcase strong varietal character. Our runners will be getting a sneak peak of their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc at our finish line and will have to return to PEC this summer to try their full suite of wines. Thanks TEW for your support and all the best for your first season!