After moving from Vancouver to the Greater Toronto Area this summer, I was anxious to explore my new province and make it feel like home. The abundance of wineries helped me with that. It is different than the wineries I love in the Okanagan, B.C., but offers beautiful vineyards and wine tastings to enjoy.
My mother-in-law was in town visiting from Northern B.C., so we decided to drive out to Prince Edward Country (PEC) and hit up a few of the many wineries in the area.
There are over forty wineries in PEC and we chose to hit the ones farthest west as they were closest to us and we were doing a day trip. Next time, we will definitely plan to stay for the weekend and explore some of the others one further east.
Rosehall Run – 1243 Greer Road, Wellington
Our first stop was Rosehall Run which offered a variety of wines and treats to eat. It also opened earlier than the other’s in the area so that was a plus.
They have a great picnic lunch you can purchase, and if it hadn’t been our first stop, we likely would have.
They had an awesome wine label “Acid Head Riesling” with bright colours and a delicious unoaked chardonnay.
We picked up a few bottles after a tasting and were on our way.
Casa-Dea Estates Winery – 1186 Greer Rd., Wellington
Next stop was one of our our favourite grounds with plenty of instagram worthy shots.
It had a large area to wander and enjoy as well as many items for purchase. My mother-in-law found plenty of gift items and got me some cute cocktail napkins.
Norman Hardie Winery – 1152 Greer Road, Wellington
Our next stop was Norman Hardie where there were a number of wines to taste and even a pizza oven. Next time, I want to try the pizza, this time we just tried the wines.
This location has parking in the front and back and the tasting room is upstairs (if you park in the back) so park in the front to avoid stairs.
Sandbanks Winery – 17598 Loyalist Parkway, Wellington
Sandbanks was our favourite winery as far as selection and flavours. We loved Dunes, Summer and LOVE Cassis Aperitivo. Yummy!
They also offer vineyard tours throughout the summer days. They have a large tasting center in the middle of the winery and great seating outside as well. I loved their giant scrap metal moose out front.
By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery – 17432 Loyalist Pky, Wellington
By Chadsey’s Cairns has the least expensive tastings at $1 each and is situated on beautiful grounds with old stone buildings, a cemetery and large trees that provide shade on a hot day.
Keint-He Winery & Vineyard – 49 Hubbs Creek Road, Wellington
With the most energetic staff of all our stops, we thoroughly enjoyed our tastings at Keint-He Winery & Vineyards. They have a great patio and the walls are filled with full size paintings of their wine labels.
Traynor Family Vineyard – 1774 Danforth Rd., Hillier
It was later in the day when we arrived and the place was busy.
We had a tasting and Alta Red was one of the most delicious reds, we brought a few bottles home to enjoy.
Hillier Creek Estates – 46 Stapleton Road, Hillier
Our last stop of the day, and I can’t believe we hit so many in such a short time, was Hillier Creek Estates. They had a delicious sparkling rose but the real gem there was Gamay Noir. Even my mother-in-law, who doesn’t like reds, loved this bottle.
We, unbelievably, hit all these wineries in about three hours! We weren’t wasting time and I am thankful to my husband for agreeing to be our designated driver! We came home with a case of wine from a variety of wineries and have been enjoying them as summer winds down.