A Complete Guide to Prince Edward County Wineries

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On the picturesque shores of Lake Ontario, there lies a hidden gem that captures the heart of wine enthusiasts and wanderers alike.

Closson Chase Vineyards – Daniel Vaughan

Welcome to Prince Edward County, a captivating region that beckons visitors with its sun-drenched landscapes, gently rolling hills and a thriving wine culture that has garnered international acclaim.

 


All about Prince Edward County Wineries:

Wineries Map  |  Wineries with Restaurants  |   Wineries with Accommodations  |   Kid-Friendly Wineries |   Dog-friendly Wineries  |   Winery Tours


 

Prince Edward County Wineries Map

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As you meander through the vineyards, it’s evident why Prince Edward County has become such a hot destination for wine lovers from near and far. 

And getting here is easy. It’s just a short drive from major urban centres such as Toronto (2.5 hours), Ottawa (three hours), Kingston (one hour), Montreal (four hours), and Syracuse, N.Y. (three hours). 

With each passing year, the number of visitors to wineries swells, as they come to explore the region’s liquid treasures for themselves. Are you next?

 

Prince Edward County Wineries with Restaurants

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Waupoos Winery

In this picturesque corner of Canada, the marriage of delectable flavours and world-class wines takes centre stage. Celebrated chefs work hand in hand with talented winemakers, creating menus that are a testament to the region’s vibrant tapestry, with each dish designed to perfectly complement the wines.

map pinWaupoos Winery

Wander towards the water’s edge at Waupoos Winery (the very first in The County), and you’ll stumble upon The Restaurant at Waupoos Estates, a gazebo-style building nestled amongst the sprawling vineyards with an absolutely breathtaking view of Lake Ontario. 

The Restaurant’s philosophy? Beautifully simple. Head chef Kevin McKenna, who was born and raised in Australia, focuses on using sustainably-sourced, fresh ingredients grown right there on the winery’s property for a true farm-to-table experience. 

The pre-fix menus beautifully showcase the region’s seasonally-fresh vegetables and herbs, and cattle, pork, lamb and poultry raised on the estate’s farm. “A farm-to-table philosophy is the guiding force of our restaurant,” says McKenna. “We take pride in harvesting our produce at its peak and raising our protein with care.”

Vintage wisdom: If the weather permits, try dining al fresco. Because wine paired with a view is never a bad thing.


map pinClosson Chase

In 1998, Deborah Paskus and her partners had a dream to build a winery that would produce world-class wines. The area, Hillier Township, had good drainage, gravelly soil on a limestone base, and was about 5 km in shore, but the area was yet unproven for successful grape-growing.

Closson Chase’s wines (thanks to its current talented winemaker Keith Tyers), have since received international recognition and received accolades in both the New York Times and Wine Spectator. Tyers expertly uses centuries-old European traditions and innovative techniques to create world-class wines from only the finest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris grapes. “Grape growing and winemaking are my passions,” says Tyers. “I want to capture that summer in a bottle so in five years people can open the bottle and say, ‘I remember that summer, Joe got married, or our child was born that year, and this is that year in a glass.’ Wine is a reflection of time, place and vision.”

Just beside the winery’s iconic purple barn, you’ll find Bantam, which offers a farm-forward menu of international flavours made with seasonal ingredients. Dine in their cozy indoor space or on their vineyard-side patio and pair your meal with a glass of Closson Chase wine.


map pinTerraCello Winery

A boutique family winery, TerraCello places a focus on making small batches of natural wine that are equally innovative and flavourful. We assure you each glass of it is as delicious as the one before it, but it’s this place’s pizzas that have truly taken The County by storm. 

And it’s not just locals that say so. If The Food Channel, Food Network Canada, Chatelaine and Rogers T.V. all have something in common, it’s their love for this place’s pies. Made with the highest-quality imported Italian ingredients, it’s some of the most authentic neapolitan pizza you’re going to find outside of Italy. 

“The pizza is authentically Italian because I still follow the rules and regulations of Pizza Napoletana from Italy,” explains the winery’s owner, Anthony Auciello. “Having made pizza for 20 years and even in Italy, I decided I would import my ingredients that are certified by the pizza association of Italy.”

Each pizza is manually prepared – and you won’t find any frozen dough here.

“We spend up to 48 hours fermenting and making each ‘panetto’ dough ball by hand,” says Anthony. “It’s a long, painstaking process. From the firewood to the 1,000 degree wood-fired oven we brought in from Naples, everything is nuanced. Many secrets I cannot divulge.”

Settle in on the rustic patio with its fire pit and outdoor Tuscan-style wood oven and kitchen, and sample everything from the Calabrese pizza (Italian salami, mozzarella, tomato sauce, green olives and marinated Italian sun-dried tomatoes), to the Americano, topped with Italian thin-sliced pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato sauce and olive oil.

“My goal when I opened was to do everything in an antiquated anachronistic manner,” Anthony says. “To bring back simplicity. There’s no Wi-Fi. I jokingly tell people to talk to the table beside them. I’ve seen people lose themselves in many ways. In thought. In conversation. In laughter. In sadness, too. The Italian music is always playing and creates an old-world ambiance that is rarely found in Eastern Ontario. Environment is key. I’ve learned this as a former teacher. It’s a place where you eat and drink in an unspoiled location with just vineyards and my courtyard to sustain your senses.”

For a full list of Prince Edward County wineries with restaurants, click here.

 

Prince Edward County Wineries with Accommodations

Huff Estates Inn and Winery

Beyond the exquisite wines and stunning vineyards, Prince Edward County is renowned for its warm hospitality and wide variety of exceptional accommodations for visitors. 

Some of the region’s wineries even have accommodations on-site, which provide a serene retreat where you can revel in the beauty of the countryside and fully immerse yourself in the winemaking experience. Wake up to the aroma of ripened grapes. Stroll through the vineyards. And, of course, indulge in the wine.

map pinHuff Estates Inn and Winery

Since 2004, Huff Estates’ modern facility has operated with one thing in mind: producing high-quality wines.

The award-winning vintages, their 2021 Bronze medal winner The Weekender, for example, speak to that quality and invite even the most discerning wine connoisseurs to take a sip. 

The winery also has an inn, so if you’re looking for a lucious and relaxing retreat, this place answers the call. Here, you’ll find a welcoming blend of rustic charm and modern sophistication, with beautifully-appointed rooms that not only boast super-comfortable beds, but incredible views of the vineyards, as well.

There are different types of rooms available: 

  • Deluxe Rooms: Feature two double beds or one king-size bed, fireplace sitting area, private garden patio, LCD TV, fridge, high-speed Internet and three-piece bath with a glass block shower.
  • Premiere Suite: A king-sized bed, separated living and bedroom areas, double-sided fireplace, fridge, private patio, four-piece bath with whirlpool tub and glass block shower, as well as LCD TVs in both the room and bathroom.
  • Winemakers Suite: Enjoy a private entrance from the parking area and an intimate wrap-around patio overlooking the vineyard. The room features a bedroom with a king-sized bed, fireplace,  flat screen TV and a five-piece bath with a whirlpool tub. The separate living room features a floor-to-ceiling limestone fireplace, dining table for six people, 55″ HDTV, queen size wall bed and second three-piece bath.

Vintage wisdom: You can take advantage of mid-week specials and avoid the crowds.


map pinVineyard Loft at Three Dog Winery

First planted in 2001, Three Dog Winery features 10 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc and Baco Noir, with an additional three acres of Chardonnay and Gamay planned by next year. 

Its tasting room offers wine by the glass as well as flights, and serves up classically PEC wood-fired pizza. 

Also on-site is the Vineyard Loft, a studio loft apartment with a spectacular view of the vineyards. This property, available all year-round, offers access to a private patio during the warm summer months, and backtrails and bonfires come winter. There’s also a full kitchen and barbecue. What better way to enjoy the charm of wine country?

You can view the loft here.


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If you don’t wish to stay on-site at a winery, or just have something else in mind, we offer a range of accommodation options that suit all kinds of travelers. From cozy cottages, to exquisite waterfront properties, our rental properties promise the perfect home-away-from home. All you need to do is settle in and enjoy. 

Vintage wisdom: Our website features an easy-to-use filtering option so you can see what property might suit you best. Or, just give us a call and we can explore what will suit you best.

 

Kid-Friendly Wineries in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County has a number of kid-friendly wineries that warmly welcome families with open arms. 

Now, don’t let the idea of bringing your child to a winery cause you to raise an eyebrow. For one, it’s a great chance for kids to get outside and immerse themselves in nature, plus, it can serve as a great educational opportunity. Learning about the wine making process and the historical significance of wine production are added bonuses. 

These wineries in PEC will prove to you that wine country can be an enjoyable destination for the whole family.

map pinThe Grange of Prince Edward

A pillar of the community, The Grange of Prince Edward serves up great wine, welcoming warmth and an easy, yet sophisticated hospitality you’ll love. 

The 60 acres of vineyards are among the oldest in PEC. 

Here, you’ll find Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc made with low intervention and 100 per cent estate-grown grapes in order to reflect the region and its distinct style.

You’ll adore tastings in the historic 200-year-old barn, and kids will love the hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches that are on the menu.

Vintage wisdom: You’re welcome to take family pics by the end stake of the vines, but keep your kiddos from wandering between the vines unless you’re accompanied by a staff member.


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Sandbanks Winery 

In 2001, Catherine Langlois purchased and planted more than five acres of vines, including Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, Resiling, Pinot Noir, Vidal, Geisenheim and Marechal Foch, at Sandbanks Winery. Her vision? To produce quality wines at an affordable price that pair perfectly with delicious food. 

All these years later, and this well-known winery now features a tasting room and boutique, a barrel room, unique tasting experiences, a large outdoor picnic area where kids can freely wander (under the watchful eye of parents and guardians, of course!) and lively events that suit the whole family. 

Vintage wisdom: Check out the winery’s bistro food truck while you’re there. ‘Cause who wants to deal with “hangry” kids?


map pinParson’s Brewery

Okay, so this isn’t technically a winery. 

But allow us to go rogue. We couldn’t leave this place out, simply because of its large, open grassy areas and its wooden play structure. You’ll also find a range of games, including horseshoes and ping pong. 

Parson’s Brewing Company also serves up some pretty epic food the whole family will love. You’ll find Latin-American flavours peppered throughout along with beer-loving classics. The chef works closely with local farmers and producers to source the freshest ingredients possible. 

Pair your brew with the Enright beef empanadas or the Cochinita Pibil Torta, which features pulled Haanover View Farms pork with pickled onions inside a Lighthall cotija cheese ciabatta bun. 

Kids can choose between two classic faves: a hot dog or pasta with parm cheese. 

View their whole menu here.

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Dog-Friendly Prince Edward County Wineries

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Wineries aren’t just about swirling, sniffing and sipping. They’re outdoor havens for frolic and fetch, too! Dogs can stretch their legs, chase their tails and burn off zoomies amidst the rows of Prince Edward County vineyards. 

It’s good to note that most of the wineries in Prince Edward County welcome pets, so searching for the one that suits you and your furry companion best should be a part of the fun. Our recommendation? Visit one, two…or more!

This article by Visit the County rounds up all them, but in the meantime, here are a couple to consider:

map pinKeint-he Winery & Vineyards

Here, Ontario’s wines meet Burgundian elegance. 

Through enchanting vineyards, this winery crafts domestic wines that exhibit European minerality and acidity, with vines that flourish in the embrace of limestone-rich soils, imparting a distinctive character to its wines. 

“A big part of Keint-he’s philosophy is to produce wines that reflect a snapshot in time,” explains general manager, Bryan Rogers. “Wines that showcase the varied and unique soils that the vines grow in, as well as the different characteristics and idiosyncrasies that change from one growing season to the next. In the cellar, we try not to manipulate the wines too much. Vineyards have personalities and each vintage has a story to tell. Our aim is to capture that as accurately as possible.”

With meticulous attention and care, the winery nurtures vines across three unique vineyards, each bearing its own personality and charm. 

The result? Award-winning, terrier-based wine that reflects this winery’s standard for quality and the character of the region in which it’s produced. 

“Things like soil type, the slope of the ground and the direction of that slope can have an effect on how ripe fruit will get, the disease pressure that is present, or even some of the flavours found in a finished wine,” says Bryan. “When other factors, such as sunshine, rain and temperature are thrown into the mix, we don’t only see a difference in wines produced from each of the vineyards, but there are also noticeable differences between wines produced in different years/vintages. Our vineyards showcase a few different soil types and both flat and sloped plantings. Each year results in something new and exciting.”


map pinRosehall Run

One of the earliest Prince Edward County wineries established in The County, Rosehall Run has 25 acres of vines, including Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Muscat and Tempranillo. 

It’s clearly doing something right. David Lawrason of Wine Align, once said, “Rosehall Hun virtually defines the County wine experience.” 

Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., this winery allows you to reserve your premium tasting or drop-in. 

You can enjoy a glass of an award-winning Rosehall Run wine on the outdoor patio with your dog while you both overlook the vineyards with a locally-sourced snack onsite. 

“We have a varied selection of fine wines that strike the balance between our classic series of varietal bottlings, such as our JCR Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while also trying out new creations every year, such as our new sparkling aperitivo, Weirdo,” explains Dylan Sullivan, Customer Experiences Manager. “This ensures that we always have a variety of new projects as well as classics for every visit in the year. We also try to pass along this ethos of the winemaking program to the tasting room. Therefore we offer both casual and more upscale tastings for any type of visitor. This ensures we have both a product and experience for any type of taster that may want to visit!”

Vintage wisdom: Your dog is welcome on the patio outside (it was recently expanded!), but is not permitted inside (with the exception of service animals.)


map pinStanners Vineyard

A small family vineyard and boutique winery dedicated to producing great wines that are complex and award-winning, Stanners Vineyard is on a parcel of farmland near the village of Hillier in Prince Edward County. 

The winemaker, Colin Stanners, has a “patient, minimalist approach” that allows the vintage and the terrior to “speak clearly and with purity.” 

The award list is impressive – the winery has racked up quite a collection of medals, including a gold medal from the National Wine Awards of Canada for its 2019 Pinot Noir, The Narrow Rows. 

The vineyard is managed using sustainable farming practices and the wine is produced in an energy-efficient straw bale building, which offers excellent insulation to maintain temperature. It’s the first straw bale winery east of the Rockies.

We think you and your dog will love the beautiful native wildflower garden surrounding its patio.

 

Raise a Glass to Adventure With Our Prince Edward County Winery Tours

The Grange Winery

Embarking on a wine adventure through Prince Edward County’s abundant vineyard can be an exhilarating experience, but with nearly 40 to choose from, deciding where to begin can indeed be a challenge – especially for first-time visitors. 

Each winery in this enchanting region boasts its own unique specialties, distinct character and irresistible charm, creating a tapestry of choices. 

We offer tasting tours that take the guesswork out of the whole experience, and allow you to “skip the line” no matter how busy the wineries are. (After all, who wants to wait for wine?). 

Choose from the following options:

The County Wine Essentials Tour

  • Visit four wineries 
  • Three to four tastings at each winery 
  • Door-to-door service 
  • Bottled water (hydration is key!)
  • Option to add on a locally-curated charcuterie box 

The County Unveiled Tour

  • Four stops at unique county location, which may include wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries 
  • Tastings at each location 
  • Door-to-door service 
  • Bottled water 
  • Option to add on a locally-curated charcuterie box 

The Bachelorette Tour 

  • A visit to four local wineries, breweries or cideries 
  • Three to four tastings at each location
  • Door-to-door service 
  • Bottled water 
  • Option to add on a locally-curated charcuterie box 

The County Trio Tour

  • Visit three wineries 
  • Three to four tastings at each winery you visit 
  • Door-to-door service
  • Bottled water to help you stay hydrated and refreshed throughout your tour
  • The option to add a locally curated charcuterie snack box

The Sip and Cycle Bike Tour

  • A guided bike ride along the Millennium Trail 
  • Rental of top-of-the-line custom bikes
  • A visit to Chetwyn Alpaca Farm 
  • Visit to four wineries 
  • Three to four tastings at each winery you visit 
  • Bottled water
  • Light snack (cycling is hard work!)

Prince Edward County Wineries by Bike

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Prince Edward County is a pedal-powered paradise. 

Embarking on a wine tour by bike is not just an adventure, it’s an immersive experience that blends the boys of cycling with the pleasure of savouring world-class wines. 

Our Sip and Cycle Bike Tour gives you the chance to experience the excitement of a guided wine tour by bike in Prince Edward County, so you can experience the countryside and vineyards and taste delicious wines from local wineries. 

Led by a knowledgeable and passionate local guide and cyclist, you’ll leisurely pedal your way along the tranquil Millennium Trail and scenic country roads on a top-of-the-line custom bike, covering 18 to 20 km during your six-hour tour. 

Ready for your love of the open road to meet the allure of the vines? We can’t wait to welcome you. 

 

Prince Edward County Wineries List

There’s so much to discover here in Prince Edward County. Visit Wine Country Ontario for a full list of wineries in the region and make use of its handy filters that allow you to sort by a variety of options.

Looking for vegan or sustainable, eco-conscious options? Harwood Estate Vineyards & Winery is a 100% solar-powered winery, while Traynor Family Vineyard proudly offer a range of vegan wines. Karlo Estates is a certified vegan winery in North America, proudly serving up an entirely dairy-free and plant-based menu. Watch out for our upcoming blog that spotlights vegan wines and eats around Prince Edward County later this year!

 

Cheers to an Epic Wine Adventure in Prince Edward County

Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a curious explorer, we hope this guide has helped to unravel the tapestry of this wine lover’s paradise. Unleash your wanderlust and embark on your own extraordinary voyage through the wineries of Prince Edward County.

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