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Meet the Wineries of Terroir Run – Karlo Estates

Photo Credit princeedwardcountywine.ca

Photo Credit princeedwardcountywine.ca

Guest post by Hannah Stein

Karlo Estates is an artisanal winery, which integrates the best of old world and new world winemaking. Wild fermentations, minimal filtration, and reserved use of oak, help them to create clean, fruit driven and well balanced wines, with great complexity. With a wide range of offerings, their many interesting single varietals and eclectic blends showcase the winery’s signature style. A casual comfortable approach and a warm inviting atmosphere combine, to complete the experience of all guests.

We spoke to Sherry Karlo, vinter & owner of Karlo Estates, about all her winery has to offer…

What sets your winery apart from others?
Our winery’s family is a close-knit team, that works to provide our guests the ultimate County wine experience. Not only do we present the wines, telling our visitors how they were made and what to look for in the taste profile, but we also serve them with small food pairings, to best showcase our many food-friendly wines. With the legendary winemaker, Derek Barnett, on our team, our wines have become a favourite of visitors, locals, and critics alike. Karlo Estates is one of Trip Advisor’s top destinations; the first to be named twice on the Top Ten Cutting Edge Wines in the World list; and we’re also the world’s first vegan certified winery.

With one of the prettiest estates in the County, at Karlo Estates, guests can stroll through the vineyards with a glass of our signature Dry Stone Bridge down at our picnic area; book private group tastings in our loft gallery; and enjoy tasting plates on our covered patio. We offer County hospitality in an 1805 barn, welcoming guests to sample a large portfolio of unique premium wines, along with spectacular food pairings.

Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?
My favourite wine changes, depending on the time of year, what I’m eating, and who I’m with. My current favourite, however, is our newest release, the Triumvirate. The name is a historical reference to the virtue of three leaders bringing strength and balance to rule in Rome. In our Triumvirate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, join forces in a balanced and charismatic wine. I love this wine because it’s simply spectacular. It’s full bodied, smooth, well-balanced, and has a rich mouth feel; everything I want in a big Bordeaux style red.

What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?
Karlo Estates is the perfect place to end your Terroir Run weekend. We offer wine by the glass, with tasting plates, on our covered back patio. With a state of the art sound system, guests can enjoy music with a nostalgic classic rock feel from some of our favourite childhood memories. Come relive your youth, while enjoying fine wine and relaxing in an authentic County setting — You’ve earned it!

It’s a wrap!

DSC06225It’s all over but the aches and pains! We had 88 runners join us on the most perfect of sunny spring days to run 11.4km. We were “off with a bang” at The Old Third Vineyard, hydrated at Closson Chase Winery, The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery, at the junction of Benway and Greer with the help of our friends from Karlo Estates Winery, and a final H20 stop at Greer Rd and Highway 33 care of the folks from By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery.

DSC06333Our first runner to the finish -Tommy Ferris – blew through the course in 42 minutes and 20 seconds. Close on his heels were Neil Dowson (53.38) followed by Mike MacKenzie (55.45). The top three ladies to the finish line were Isabelle MacKenzie (56.45), Lea Amaral (58.00) and Glennis Walsh (58.50). All six of them will run as our guests in 2015!

DSC06323Runners and their companions (an additional 40 people) indulged in delicious food prepared by the team from Slow Food the County and Norman Hardie Winery. We enjoyed spring salads and wood-fired pizzas. We hydrated with PEC wines, beers and cider, not to mention, PEC Lavender iced-tea from Pluck Teas. Children played. Dogs frolicked. Overall – it was a pretty magical day!

DSC06342The folks from Zest Kitchen Shop gave out prizes to our runners who added #zesttoyourrun. First place (who won an awesome picnic prize from Zest) went to Karin Desveaux (aka Beautiful Bubbles). Way to go K for running 11.4km with 2 champagne glasses strapped to you and your bubble machine going the whole way! Second place (an awesome gift from Green Peach) went to the Cabernet Couple and Third place (4 tickets to the Great Canadian Cheese Festival) went to Yo Gabba Gabba! Thanks for showing great spirit!

DSC06362We finished off by donating $500 to Slow Food the County to assist them in supporting good, clean and fair awareness and education in the community.

Thanks to all of our supporters, partners and runners. Save May 23rd, 2015 to run with us for our 5th Anniversary run!

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!

Get ready. Get Set. Run! Eat! Drink!

Jen from Pluck Teas serves up lovely lavender iced tea

Jen from Pluck Teas serves up lovely lavender iced tea

We’re just over a week away from the 4th Annual Terroir Run! We have a few spaces left for runners and thought that if the opportunity to run amongst the beauty of PEC wasn’t enough to entice you to join us that we’d make your mouth water over what you will find at the finish line.

Upon completing the 11km’s you will be greeted with a glass of fresh ice cold PEC Lavender Ice Tea from Pluck Teas. The amazing volunteers from Slow Food The County (under the leadership of From the Farm Cooking School Chef – Cynthia Peters) is preparing Organic egg salad with fresh spring herbs and a Vegan white bean and lemon garlic herb spread both of which will be served on Humble Bread Wilson Rye. Can you say delicious?!?!

The main course for lunch is wood fired pizzas fresh from the oven at Norman Hardie Winery. There are veggie and meat lovers options. A beautiful side salad of Vicki’s Veggies arugula, Crosswind Farms feta, spring onions, toasted sunflower seeds and a honey poppy dressing will complete your meal, along with of course – PEC wines, cider and beer!