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