Along scenic country roads and miles of striking Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte shoreline, you’ll find artists studios and antique shops, charming rural towns, and Sandbanks Provincial Park with it’s rolling, white sand dunes. Prince Edward County is quickly becoming one of Canada’s most desired tourist destinations. Prince Edward County has also been making a name for itself in the Canadian wine game as Ontario’s fastest growing wine region with over 40 winemakers.
A Unique Wine Appellation in Ontario
While still quite a young wine region, “the County” is a unique appellation, boasting distinct microclimates and soils. Prince Edward County also has a long agricultural history in which winemakers and growers use to their advantage. In the limestone rich soil, wineries grow a number of different varietals, however, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay seem to be the most common. With farming in their blood and a vast knowledge of the land running through their veins, the pioneering spirit of the PEC winemakers have also taken on the challenge of Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Gamay, Pinot Gris, Baco Noir, Merlot, and are doing award-winning things with them!
Locals lovingly refer to Prince Edward County as simply, The County!
PEC Local Winery Highlights
The County is a haven for foodies and oenophiles; Prince Edward County has a fabulous wine route with awesome, locally sourced food and drink. Here’s a few of the local highlights:
Sandbanks Estate is situated along the shores of Lake Ontario and has been making award winning Prince Edward County wines for over 15 years. Open year round, stop by to sip and savour some Baco Noir or Riesling in their tasting boutique, take a guided tour of the vineyard in the summer, or bring a picnic to enjoy in their picnic area with stunning views of the vineyards.
Relatively new to the Prince Edward County Wine region, Three Dog Winery is home to Canada’s first yoga studio/winery, lovingly run by John and Sacha Squair. The Squair’s began their vineyard journey in 2000, and opened their doors to the public in 2014 offering fantastic, affordable wines.
A stones throw away from Lake on the Mountain, Devil’s Wishbone overlooks the Bay of Quinte and takes its name from what the early settlers called the area. The winery and tasting room find home in a century old barn and offer wine tastings by the glass or bottle during the summer season.
This winery has been instrumental in helping launch the Prince Edward County wine industry. Established in 1998, they use age-old European traditions and sustainable practices to produce world class Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. They also produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from the Niagara Peninsula.
Run by Caroline Granger and her daughter Maggie, this family-run winery produces 100% estate grown wines and is open year-round for tastings. Stop by and try one of their traditional method sparklers!
Huff Estates Winery is a beautiful, modern and state-of-the-art facility. Built for crafting award-winning, high quality wines, the estate is nothing short of luxurious. Their mission is to create a unique destination for wine lovers, not only known for its high-quality wines, but for the entire experience. It even has a heli-pad on site!
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Where to Stay in PEC from a local …
Be sure to stop in at the Drake Devonshire Inn nestled along the lake in the old Wellington Iron Foundry. It’s a funky, little boutique inn owned by the same folks who own The Drake group of hotels in Toronto. Not only can you book a room, but they are serving up some fabulous local cuisine and you can be sure to find local wines on their menu.