Are you looking to tour the wineries of Prince Edward County but not sure where to start? Let us help you! With over 30 wineries across the region, Sandbanks Vacations and Tours is certain that you’ll find the key to satisfy your unique and specific tastes.
Each winery is known for their distinct character and wine selection. While each have something special to offer, some of the most popular varietals include: Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Frontenac, Cabernet Franc, Riesling and Gamay noir. In addition, many of the County wineries are award winning and have received Provincial, National and International recognition for their excellence in craftsmanship.
By choosing to tour with us, you are opting into a worry-free experience. Our knowledgeable tour guides will match your tour with your wine tastes and preferences, so that you are able to sit back and enjoy!
Browse below a listing and overview of PEC wineries.
East End Wineries (Waupoos Region)
The Waupoos region is home to some of Prince Edward County’s first wineries. Chosen for its spectacular view, arable soil and climate, Waupoos and area present an unparalleled tasting experience. Its unique collection of vineyards has made it a popular tourist destination, and a must see when visiting the county this season. While in the area, we suggest that you take in the beauty of Lake on the Mountain and artistry found at La De Dah Studio.
Cape Vineyards (Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sauvignon Blanc)
A minimalist vineyard, Cape Vineyards, uses biodynamic farming principles to produces wines that are free from additives and preservatives. Come and taste the difference organic makes! For more information, Click here.
County Cider Company (County Pear, Waupoos Premium, County Apple – in stock at the LCBO)
“Made with love and 100% pure apple juice,” County Cider Company has been in production since 1995. A family business, all apples used are locally sourced and carefully prepared to ensure only the best product is being distributed to their valued customers. For more information, click here.
Del-Gatto Estates Ltd (Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Baco noir)
Wine enthusiasts, Pat and Heidi Del-Gatto, specialize in the production of hybrid grape varieties. Their Red, White and Rosè varieties offer a desirable alternative to the mainstream Cabs, Merlots and Pinots. Come and taste the difference hand-planted makes! For more information, click here.
Exultet Estates (Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Rosè)
From a small vineyard, to a major competitor, Exultet Estates has strived to become one of the best in the business. Their goal, to make the most elegant expression of Pinot noir and Chardonnay the County can produce. For more information, click here.
Half-Moon Bay Winery (Pinot noir, Pinot Gris, merlot)
By only sourcing grapes grown in their vineyard, Half Moon Bay Winery can ensure the quality of their manufactured product. Specializing in small batch Pinot noir, Half Moon Bay does not exercise the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers but relies on the natural properties of their farmland. For more information, click here.
Long Dog Winery (Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris)
With a terroir like Burgundy, Long Dog Winery, Specializes in the production of ‘French style’ Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Stop in today to taste a little bit of France in Prince Edward County! For more information, click here.
Lighthall Winery (Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sparking)
“Lighthall Vineyards is a small, proud, low volume and high-quality winery location in enchanting Prince Edward County. All their wines are produced in a non-interventionist manner and fueled by passion as hearty as their vines.” Fun fact: Lighthall also produces cheese that can be paired with their delectable wines. For more information, click here.
Waupoos Estates Winery (Vidal Icewine, Baco noir, Cabernet Franc)
Waupoos Estates Winery is a 100-acre property located on the sunny shores of Lake Ontario. Much more than a winery, Waupoos Estates operates a restaurant, sugarbush and produce farm; providing a true farm to table experience for all their guests. Stop in and experience Waupoos today! For more information, click here.
West End Wineries (Hillier Region)
Known if its limestone enriched soil, immaculate climate and Loyalist history, the region of Hillier has been home to some of the County’s most prestigious wineries for decades. With terroir like that of Burgundy, France, Hillier has captured the attention of experienced viticulturists and novices alike and has inspired them to recreate a little taste of France right here in the County. From Pinot noir to Chardonnay, Hiller is stocked with insatiable varieties that are sure to keep you coming back for more!
Broken Stone Winery (Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Marquette + Foche)
A rural escape from Urban life, Broken Stone Winery is the passion project of the Kuepfer family. This small but distinguished winery specializes in the production of small batch cold climate wines such as, Pinot noir and Chardonnay. For more information, click here.
By Chadsey’s Carins (Chardonnay, Riesling, Gamay Noir)
This electric winery overlooking the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario offers red, white and rosè varieties that are sure to please. Their wines have been described as bold, energizing and refreshing to something more contemplative and mellow. For more information, click here.
Casa-Dea Estates Winery ( Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Reserve)
With over 65 acres of land, Casa-Dea Estates Winery is considered to one of the County’s largest and most established wineries to date. With a wide selection of wines to choose from, why choose just one? Visit Casa Dea Estates today and enjoy a glass of your favourite, paired with one of their delectable menu options! For more information, click here.
Cold Creek Vineyard (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay)
Located in the heart of the Hillier region among rolling green hills that offer limestone enriched soils is Cold Creek Vineyard. Specializing in cool climate wines such as, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Cold Creek, is sure to have something for everyone. Fun fact: This estate features two hip roofed barns that are steep in character and historical presence. For photos, click here.
Closson Chase Vineyards (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris)
“An early advocate for sustainable practices, Closson Chase crafts fine wines that reflect each individual vintage, capturing the distinct qualities imparted by the soil and climatic variations of the year.” For more information, click here.
Domaine Darius (Marguette, Chardonnay, Frontenac Blanc)
Located in Hillier, “Domaine Darius is a small craft winery specializing in small batch wines.” A tranquil experience, people who visit Domaine Darius enjoy secluded tastings, picturesque landscapes and competent conversation. To read more, click here.
The Grange of Prince Edward (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, VQA Sparkling Wine)
In 2001, Caroline Granger committed to the undertaking of her parent’s farm. Her love for wine and agriculture lead her to the decision to plant an estate vineyard. In 2004, The Grange of Prince Edward opened its doors to the public and in 2010, Granger’s own daughter, Maggie, returned to the family vineyard to lend her passion to The Grange’s atmosphere. Together, the ultimate duo, “produces wines that are delicious and true to their unique farm in a small corner of Prince Edward County.” For more information, click here.
Harwood Estates (Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, St Laurent)
Environmentally conscious, Harwood Estates, utilizes solar power to minimize their ecological footprint while creating product that is superior to their competitors. Harwood’s estate grown grapes are virtually tended for by hand and sourced to create tantalizing blends that are unique to Harwood. For more information, click here.
Huff Estates (Riesling, Rosè, Pinot Gris)
Huff Estates Winery is located on County Road 1, just minutes from Bloomfield. Owned by County Locals, Lanny and Catherine Huff, this winery offers a full range of award-winning red, white, rosè and sparkling varietals to enjoy. For more information, click here.
Hubbs Creek Winery (Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay)
Located on Danforth Road across from Karlo Estates, is Hubbs Creek Vineyard. A family estate, Hubbs Creek, is home to some of the County’s oldest Pinot vines. Fun Fact: Pinot vines indicate the potential of Pinot Noir in the region! For more information, click here.
Hillier Creek Estates (Gamay Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling)
Rich in history, Hillier Creek Estates, features a 160- year old barn that dates to Loyalist times. Known by locals as the Badgley farm, this property had once been a “thriving, mixed farm with crops, dairy and animals.” After being vacant for more than 15 years, Amber and Kempt Stewart purchased the land and founded Hillier Creek Estates. A renowned winery, guests who visit enjoy sipping on their delectable white, red, rosè and ice wines. For an unforgettable experience, visit Hillier Creek today! For more information, click here.
Hinterland Wine Company (Rosè, Chardonnay, Sparkling)
Specializing in sparkling wines, Hinterland offers a variety of wines which are sure to please. For an unforgettable glass of bubbly, visit Hinterland Today! For more information, click here.
Karlo Estates Winery (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling)
Located just minutes from Wellington, Karlo Estates Winery is built on the historic 93 acre Stevenson family farm. The varieties offered include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Frontenac, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay Musque.
This Vineyard’s focus is largely on well-crafted premium Pinot Noir. Along with Pinot varieties, the winery’s three vineyards: Big Lake Vineyard, Little Creek Vineyard, and Foxtail Vineyard produce Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Sparkling wine.
Lift Haus winery is a family run “farm” vineyard whose varieties include a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
A family owned and operated winery whose varieties include Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their 2008 is described as “blacker than SIN – that’s the only way to describe the colour – and the aromas and flavours are equally sinful”.
Situated in the heart of the Hillier Region, Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard is perfect for anyone looking for a more refined tasting wine. Varieties include Pinor Noir and Chardonnay. View winery video
As the only “off-grid” winery in Canada, Redtail Vineyard’s solar powered, organic operation is dedicated to the production of two varieties, one red (Pinot Noir) and one white (Pinot Gris), both worth tasting.
Rosehall Run’s Pinot Noir, Reisling, and Cabernet Sauvignon can be found in the LCBO or enjoyed within its picturesque tasting room. View winery video
“Sugarbush Vineyards is a small family owned (Robert & Sally Peck) and operated vineyard and winery located in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. We are the garagiste winery of Prince Edward County.”
Located just west of the historic Village of Wellington, Sandbank’s herbicide and pesticide free vineyard uses hybrid varieties of grapes (Giesenhiem, Marechal Foch, Vidal Blanc) designed to handle the Canadian Winters. Find their wines at the LCBO or enjoy them within their tasting room. View winery video
A unique winery in that the walls of the barrel room are built entirely of straw bales, a first for Eastern Canada. “We made our first wine from the 2007 harvest and the result was striking: a varietally true Pinot Noir with complex and vibrant fruit tastes that are vital and original. Our 2008 Pinot follows the same pattern but is perhaps even better balanced, as the wine critics who have tasted it agree.” From Website
Located on County Road 1 with an old Italian wine fattoria look and feel. This winery is complete with an outdoor wood burning pizza oven that compliments the wines beautifully.
“The Old Third Vineyard is located on a steep south-east slope in Hillier, Prince Edward County. The soil, Hillier Clay Loam, overlays a friable Ordovician limestone bed about 450 million years old. Heavy and thin, it is mixed with an abundance of limestone gravel and fossils. The Old Third Vineyard contains an unusually large amount of glacial till in the form of granite, sandstone, quartz, and marble dragged down by the last ice age from Northern Ontario.” From Website
Solely focused on small-batch wines using exceptional hand-picked grapes from our vineyards, neighbours in PEC or from passionate growers in Niagara. Producing small batches of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc.
Family and friends regularly offer a helping hand at the vineyard, assisting in creating the wine for your pleasure. Winemaker and proprietor Mike Traynor started this journey with a vision… and now is living a dream.
Black Prince Winery – Picton