Looking to plan a road trip to visit the best wineries in Prince Edward County?
It’s no secret why the Globe and Mail recently called Prince Edward County the “gastronomic capital of Ontario.” It offers the ultimate farm-to-table experience with a small-town charm where you can easily end up rubbing elbows at the bar with local farmers, winemakers and chefs.
At the moment Prince Edward County is my favourite wine region to enjoy a rural romp in Ontario. I first visited The County four years ago and was amazed on my recent trip to see how Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington (and all the cute spots in between) have evolved in such a short time. You can see, taste and smell the youthful entrepreneurial spirit here.
The County’s limestone-rich soil and climate provide a terroir that is producing scores of award-winning wines. The varietals that grow best are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two grapes you’ll be swooning for as you adventure along romantic rural roads.
Best Hotels Near the Prince Edward County Wineries
Looking to enjoy a weekend getaway to sip through Prince Edward County’s best wineries? We suggest spending 2-3 nights to properly explore the wineries and attractions in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
A weekend will give you enough time to explore the regions gourmet restaurants, beautiful beaches, local shops and award-winning wineries!
- Picton Harbour Inn: this boutique hotel in Picton offers contemporary rooms with an on-site restaurant.
- The Drake Hotel: Toronto’s famous luxury boutique hotel brand has two posh properties in Prince Edward County. The Drake Devonshire is an upscale lakeside retreat while The Drake Motor Inn is a pet-friendly mid-range option.
- Angeline’s Inn: this family-owned boutique hotel offers designer suites and cottage with a retro motel vibe in Bloomfield.
Best Wineries in Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County is one of Ontario’s fastest growing wine and culinary destinations. A decade ago the accommodation available was limited to B&B’s. Now, the surge in tourism has had luxury boutique hotels and chic Airbnb’s sprouting from Picton to Bloomfield.
While the region is best known for its wine, beverage fans should also plan to sip Prince Edward County’s best drinks including craft beer, cider, spirits and mouth-watering milkshakes.
If you’re a visiting oenophile, Prince Edward County is an exciting destination in Ontario to sip and sample. Winemakers here are creative and keen to distinguish themselves as Canada’s best wine producers.
1258 Closson Road, 613-399-2903
Fans of the pretty pop and fancy fizz should be sure to visit Hinterland Winery for a swish and sip. The small family-run farm launched in 2007 and produce a range of excellent traditional, charmat and ancestral method bubbly. Be sure to sample their signature Whitecap and pretty pink Rose before ooh-ing and ahh-ing over refreshing sparkling apple cider.
251 Closson Road, 613-471-0471
Bruno and Jens run The Old Third Vineyard, a boutique winery located on a steep slope in Hillier. The duo’s first commercial harvest was in the autumn of 2008, quickly making a splash with oenophiles across Ontario. Visitors looking to sip on site stroll through a beautiful cathedral like barn, built in the 1860s. Be sure to sample their celebrated Pinot Noir and sparkling Golden Russet Cider.
629 Closson Road, 613-399-1418
Closson Chase is a quality-driven producer that helped spearhead the Prince Edward County wine industry, using centuries-old European traditions and sustainable, innovative techniques. Harvesting only the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, Closson Chase is committed to creating world-class wines that are an expression of PEC terroir. The estate comprises over 30 acres and includes a petite tasting room, rotating art gallery exhibit and gorgeous backyard garden.
1243 Greer Road, 613-399-1183
Visit Rosehall Run and pick-up a quick lunch or late afternoon snack at the County’s trendiest food truck. PICNIC offers sandwiches, salads, charcuterie and cheese plates made from fresh local produce and artisanal ingredients. After enjoying a wine tasting at the bar, grab a seat out back on an adirondack chair and pair your PEC picnic with your favourite glass.
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1152 Greer Road, 613-399-5297
Norman Hardie’s wines are grown and vinified in small lots drawing on his harvesting experience in Burgundy, South Africa, Oregon, New Zealand and California. The purity of flavour and textures in his wines tell a story of Prince Edward County’s unique Taste of Place. Right from his inaugural vintage, Norm’s wines have received international acclaim and can be found in top restaurants from Toronto to Tokyo. Be sure to plan your trip around the pizzeria’s opening hours as they’ve perfected the perfectly scorched slice which pairs beautifully with a splash or two of vino with a jaw dropping view.
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