Ontario’s newest wine appellation is fast becoming a significant player on the Canadian wine scene. Located just south of Belleville (2.5 hours by car from Toronto), Prince Edward County is now home to more than thirty rural wineries and vineyards. With an average of two new wineries opening each year, the region is growing and increasingly attracting visitors from Ontario, Quebec, the U.S. and abroad.
Prince Edward County (locally known as “The County”) is Ontario’s most northern wine appellation and relies on Lake Ontario to provide a moderated and productive cool climate growing season. The region features loose gravely soil that lies atop the Trenton limestone, making it suitable for producing cold weather varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
While we were in Prince Edward County, we visited four local wineries. All were small, laid back places where they use the same glass for each of the tastings. Visitors were free to roam the wineries and vineyards and watch the winemaking process as it developed. Check after the jump for our findings: