We're Joe & Del, "The Wine Couple", and we moved to the county for one reason: the wine! We found many other things here since we've moved (like the food, arts and the friendliness of the people) but we remain committed to our love of the wine!

We hope to have every winery on this site and have the most extensive list of every wine in the county! Search for your favorite wine or winery using the search bar at the top left of this page and feel free to leave comments on the site. Your fellow wine lovers will appreciate the feedback ... ENJOY!

Casa-Dea Estate Winery

Our Winemaker's goal is to craft excellent wine, producing fruit that expresses the terrior of our property so as to produce characterful, stylish, elegant wines. Our VQA Approved wines have passed the stringent VQA regulations. To learn more click here for Prince Edward County Appellation Overview.

We invite you to visit our Winery to taste and learn about our wines. Our wine is available for purchase on site at our La Pergola Wine Boutique or by contacting us by phone or email. You can have the opportunity to taste Casa-Dea wines at selected Restaurants, B&B's, Inns and Hotels.

Our wine is available for purchase on site at our La Pergola Wine Boutique or by contacting us by phone or email.

We are able to offer Online Shopping for Ontario Residents Only*. We also design custom Gift Baskets that include Casa-Dea Estates Wine, lovely accessories and more. Let us create that special gift for you.

Visit us on line at http://www.CasaDeaEstates.com

The Grange Winery

The history here at the grange is integral to our winery project. Without this property, with its rolling fields and the historical buildings we would not be doing what we are today.

The building that houses our winery is actually the barn that was built in 1826, and in fact, it is the first barn ever built on the property. The hayloft now houses our tasting bar, and the old limestone basement that was once a dairy milking parlor, is now our wine cellar.

Visit us at: http://grangeofprinceedward.com

Welcome to Hillier Creek Estates

In the fall of 2000, Amber and Kemp Stewart purchased the property that is now Hillier Creek Estates. Though the property had not been inhabited for 15 years, the land had quite a bit of history, tracing its roots to the Loyalist days of the County.

Hillier Creek Estates, in its current state, is a farm winery comprised of 50 acres; 24 of which are planted with Gamay, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and our newly planted Vidal. Hillier Creek has already earned medals at an International Wine Competition in Finger Lakes, as well as four bronze Artevino awards in 2009, and six Artevino awards in 2010.
The barn, now used as our winery, cellar, and tasting room, outdates us all. Estimated to be over 160 years old, the original barn was built directly on the ground. After its purchase by the current owners, it was necessary to raise the barn in order to complete renovation and restoration. A cribbing system was used to hold and suspend the barn, alternating timbers four inches at a time. Upon raising the barn, it was discovered that there were two underground streams, which necessitated the building of a 9000-gallon cistern below the deck. The finished foundation stabilized the structure in 2008, and the barn was completed in 2009.

Visit us online ... http://www.HillierCreekEstates.com

Waupoos Estates Winery ...

Waupoos Estates Winery sits majestically perched on a gently sloping hillside overlooking Lake Ontario in beautiful Prince Edward County. Surrounded by orchards and perfectly manicured vineyards, the Winery offers an array of wines at the Tasting room, shopping in the Boutique and Dining in the full service Gazebo Restaurant.

(Est. 2001) The modern pioneers of Prince Edward County wine are Ed Neuser and Rita Kaimins. Ed Neuser, a German-born machinist who came to Canada in 1957, purchased the 100-acre farm century-old house in 1983. Ed chuckles when he recalls the night that he and Rita decided to try planting grapes. "It was after a couple glasses of wine, or maybe it was a couple of bottles," he jokes. "Everybody thought we were off our rockers - we had no experience growing grapes or making wines."

In Ed's mind the pair approached the project slowly and carefully, starting with just 1/2 an acre of grapevines in 1993. However, from 1995 onwards they quickly added on to their acreage, planting more vines every year. Today their vineyards comprise almost 20 acres. They grow four red grape varieties and eight white. Ed considers himself and Rita pioneers, "our winery was an experimental block. We didn't know what would work."

Assisting him along the way, insists Ed, was his loyalty and dedication of people like Kyle Baldwin who has managed Waupoos Estates for more than 15 years. A clear vision of what they wanted to achieve didn't hurt either. Ed explains that he and Rita traveled extensively, "we visited every wine region on the planet. We knew we wanted a boutique winery." Among the scores of challenges they faced, according to Ed, was attaining a retail license. It was a process that would end up taking 2 1/2 years to complete. "We had to lobby very hard," he says.

In the end, Ed and Rita's hard work and perseverance paid off: on June 15th, 2001, Waupoos Estates opened for business. Ed is deservedly proud of their accomplishments, "in record time we became a Designated Viticultural Area (DVA). In ten years we've put the County on the world map - it's been quite a journey."

Visit us online at www.WaupoosWinery.com

Stanners Vineyard ...

Stanners Vineyard is a family venture that began in 2003 with the purchase of a parcel of farmland near the village of Hillier in Prince Edward County. The “terroir”, that is, the soil, terrain and weather, seemed ideal for our quest to produce a Pinot Noir that would be the rival of any in the world.

We love Pinot Noir, making this quest a pleasure as well as a challenge. It is believed that the best Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in the most northerly terroir that can actually produce and ripen the grape. Prince Edward County is indeed a northerly location and the moderating influence of Lake Ontario which surrounds us makes grape growth and ripening possible. It also boasts the calcareous, limestone-riddled soils that are highly reminiscent of those in Burgundy, the home of world-renowned Pinot Noir wines. Our goal, however, is not to imitate Burgundy, but to bring out the best characteristics that our terroir can instill in the wine that it yields.

Ours is a relatively small vineyard and winery and we believe that our artisanal approach in which family members carry out most of the viticultural and winemaking tasks helps to ensure the high quality of the fruit and wine. Our vines are planted at high density and cultivated using organic (but not yet certified organic) practices, in accordance with our conviction that these measures give the highest quality fruit.

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. Could this represent the terroir-specific character that we were looking for? As the vines mature, the wines will tell.

Our unique winery was built in 2009 using straw bales for the walls of the barrel room, a first for Eastern Canada. The winery is now open for tasting and wine sales.

Visit us online at www.StannersVineyard.ca

Lift Haus Winery ...

At Lift Haus winery in historic Prince Edward County, the old world meets the new. We grow, nurture, harvest, age and bottle our wines on site in order to present to you the best of our terroir. We invite you to stop by and "lift your spirits" with our wines.

Lift Haus winery is a family run "farm" vineyard located in Prince Edward County. Real "roots" in the County, the Evans family heritage extends back 4 generations. The idea to start a vineyard, and ultimately a winery took seed back in 2002. What started as a dinner table discussion soon became a quest to find the perfect piece of land that would be ideal for growing grapes.

We had in mind the kind of wine we wanted to make which was Pinot Noir. Despite Pinot Noir's reputation as the heartbreak grape, for us there is nobility of taste to this red wine that sets it apart from other red wines.

Visit us online at www.LiftHausWinery.ca

Harwood Estate Vineyards ...

People grow the grapes and make the wines at Harwood. So, you won't see giant Orwellian machines thrashing the vines in our vineyards, nor any Frankensteinian contraptions in our winery. Harwood's Tasting Room is right inside the working winery were all the wines are made by hand in the old-world tradition. 

You'll be meeting us in action quite often. Our Winemakers, Cellar Manager, Vineyard Manager, Tasting Room Hosts...any and all going about  their daily tasks. We love to talk about what we're doing. You'll see where the grapes are grown, watch our wines being made and get to know the people who make them.

Visit us online at www.HarwoodEstateVineyards.com

Sugarbush Vineyards ...

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.

Garagiste:\GA-razh-EEST\ n. fr. - A passionate winemaker who creates limited production premium wine in a garage-sized winery.

We are striving to produce small quantities of hand-crafted premium-quality wines sourced entirely from our vineyard.  We start producing premium wines in our vineyard where we limit grape yields to 2 - 2.5 tonnes/acre. 

You will never find us in your local LCBO store.  We want to be able to manage & perform all aspects of our operation and, at the same time, have an enjoyable lifestyle.  In order to do this, we need to stay small.  Our wines are only available at our retail store and at a number of Eastern Ontario restaurants.  In the next few years we will reach our peak production of 1500 cases/year. 

Our vineyard is herbicide free.  All of our weed control is performed manually.  We keep mowed grass down our alleys, and use a grape hoe and hand hoes to remove weeds between each vine in the row.  This is more expensive and time consuming, but is much better for the long term health of our farm. 

Although we would like to be totally organic, we have found that it is a very difficult proposition.  We only use organic insecticides (kaolin clay for leaf hoppers; pheromone mate disrupting ties for grape berry moths), but in order to maintain a healthy vineyard in our climate we use a combination of organic and inorganic fungicides during the growing season. 

Visit us online at www.SugarbushVineyards.ca

Rosehall Run ...

Rosehall Run Vineyards is situated on prime grape growing land on Greer Road in Hillier, just off the Loyalist Parkway in Prince Edward County.

Visit us online at www.RosehallRun.com 

Closson Chase Vineyards ...

Closson Chase is a quality-driven producer that has helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry.  Since 1999, it has been committed to creating distinctive wines that rival the world’s finest.  Set in Hillier, Ontario,  the estate is over 30 acres of south facing, limestone-rich soil under vine; planted high density to the classic Burgundian-varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with small yields, French-inspired vinification and careful barreling in 100% French oak. But more than that, it is a place of great inspiration.

Viticulturalist (and iconoclast) Deborah Paskus is one of Canada’s most celebrated winemakers.  Deborah uses innovative viticultural techniques; she is devoted to dirt – rich, pesticide-free and pure as possible.  The vineyards are farmed organically and moving towards biodynamics.    Deborah wants what is placed in the bottle to represent as natural an expression of the vineyard as possible.

Closson Chase, in addition to it’s estate grown wines, produces both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards it leases in the Niagara Peninsula.  It’s tasting room is housed in a century-old barn that has been totally restored with a twenty-first century flair.  In 2007 Closson Chase opened a new, gravity-fed, state of the art production facility with two underground barrel rooms that are climate controlled using geothermal heating and cooling.  Now at a production volume of 3,000 cases a year, the winery’s ultimate goal is 5,000 cases annually. 

In August, 2009, world renowned wine authority and Master of Wine, Jancis Robinson, singled out Closson Chase Vineyards as “arguably (one of) the two finest producers in Ontario” and selected Closson Chase Vineyards 2007 South Clos Chardonnay as her wine of the week.

Visit us online at  http://clossonchase.com

The Devil's Wishbone Winery

Contact: Paul Gallagher


Long Dog Winery ...

Visit us online at www.LongDog.ca

Keint-He Hillier Blanc - 2008

The 2008 Hillier Blanc is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir.  This wine was bottled directly from a new 110 litre Hungarian oak barrel without fining or filtering.   

Golden – coloured, opulent and loaded with caramel and spicy oak aromas.   There will be a slight deposit of lees on the side of the bottle when stored on its side.  Stand the bottle upright an hour or more before opening.  After opening, decant the bottle for service to maintain the bright clarity, and prevent any lees or small sediment particles from rising into the wine.  Creamy & buttery, this is a white wine that you can really sink your teeth into.

It scored a 90 in The County Grapevine.


Keint-He Pinot Meunier - 2007

Pinot Meunier has been around since the 16th century and its origins are traced back to northern France’s Champagne region.  To this day it is one of the most populous varieties grown in Champagne.  It gets its name, (which means “miller” in French) from the underside of its leaves, which look like they’ve been coated with flour. 

Pinot Meunier is often blended with Chardonnay or Pinot Noir when making sparkling wines.  On its own, Pinot Meunier is a dry, fruity wine with a slightly bitter taste.  Its colour is light red or rose, and this crisp wine has an acidic tone with a slight smokiness.  It is a medium-bodied wine with a strong aroma of alcohol. 

The Keint-he Pinot Meunier was aged in French oak for 18 months.  A wonderful match for duck and other game fowl.  As with all of our wines, the Pinot Meunier is unfined and unfiltered and does best when the bottle is stood upright an hour or two prior to pouring.  … Pinot Meunier still wines are rare and a welcome treat.


Keint-He Pinot Noir - 2007

The Keint-he Pinot Noir for 2007 was harvested from our Little Creek Vineyard, and was raised in oak barrels through elevage.  The planting in this vineyard is among the highest density plantings in North America, with 3630 vines per acre … or about three times the density of most North American vineyards.  It was organically tended in the field and the fermentation resulted from native yeast in the vineyard. 

Decanting two or three hours before serving is recommended.  Additionally, the wine is unfined and unfiltered and does best when the bottle is stood upright for an hour or two prior to pouring. 

A perfect compliment for either duck or lamb.  … it also scored a 92 when David Lawrason reviewed it for, Toronto Life.