Best Wineries in Prince Edward County

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.

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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 3 STARS: this boutique hotel in Picton offers contemporary rooms with an on-site restaurant.

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  • Merrill House 3 STARS: Set in a red-brick house, this cosy inn is a block from Picton Harbour and offers traditional rooms which are individually decorated.

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Best Wine Tours from Toronto

  • Full day small group wine tour: Learn about the region’s climate, and wine-making trends from a certified guide between sipping sparkling, red and white wines at three wineries.
  • Private PEC wine tour: This full-day tour includes round-trip transportation, visits to 2 wineries, 6 wine tastings, a luxury 3-course lunch at the Waring House Restaurant.
  • Lavender farm & wine tour: Enjoy a weekend of fragrance, taste and entertainment! Discover the beauty of the purple fields, the exquisite aroma of the essence of our flowers and the flavour of our culinary treats.

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.

Hinterland Wine Company is one of the best wineries in Prince Edward County.
Hinterland Wine Company is one of the best wineries in Prince Edward County.

Hinterland Wine Company

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.

The Old Third tasting room in Prince Edward County is located in an old barn.
The Old Third tasting room in Prince Edward County is located in an old barn.

The Old Third

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.

Enjoy a tour and tasting at Closson Chase Vineyards.
Enjoy a tour and tasting at Closson Chase Vineyards.

Closson Chase Vineyards

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.

Enjoy an al fresco wine tasting at Rosehall Run.
Enjoy an al fresco wine tasting at Rosehall Run.

Rosehall Run

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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Enjoy a pizza dinner at Norman Hardie Winery.
Enjoy a pizza dinner at Norman Hardie Winery.

Norman Hardie Winery

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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