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Which wineries are worth a visit in Prince Edward County?

chefhound Jul 28, 2010 09:56 PM

Going to Prince Edward County for the weekend. There are so many wineries - how to choose? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    millygirl Jul 29, 2010 06:06 AM

    The one I wouldn't want to miss would be Closson Chase. Fabulous whites!

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      chef_vegabond Jul 29, 2010 06:31 AM

      I like the ones in and around Wellington, Closson Chase, as was mentioned and for the price Sandbanks. Very independent minded and out of the way Long Dog is Chef Vegabond's favourite. Bring a picnic, pick up a bottle of gamay and enjoy the beach/bird sanctuary just south of the winery.

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      justto Jul 29, 2010 06:54 AM

      Although not a winery, fifth town cheese is worth a visit. They have a tasting of their cheese with the wine from PEC.


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        Kooper Jul 29, 2010 07:52 AM

        What else is there to see there? My one complaint about Niagara is that it is almost all Wine. I heard good things about the breweries in PEC. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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        Dustin deWinde Jul 29, 2010 07:50 AM

        I wouldn't miss Karlo on Danforth Rd. for the Malbec(!) and Merlot. Closson (corner Closson & Chase Rds.) for the Pinot and Chard (bring $ tho). Sandbanks on H33 for the Baco and Rose. Hinterland (on Closson Rd. i think) for excellent sparkling. Harwood on H33 for Pinot Gris, Gewurtz and St. Laurent. Rosehall on Greer Rd. for a half dozen great ones. And don't deprive yourself of East & main Bistro in Wellington. All that is in one area of the county. Around Hillier and Wellington. You can't do the whole thing in one trip.
        -- Dustin

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          Whats_For_Dinner Jul 29, 2010 09:50 PM

          Norman Hardie. Stop in and grab some Waupoos cider whille you're in PEC, too.

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            bogie Jul 30, 2010 06:21 AM

            +1 on these recommendations, also stop at Slickers in Bloomfield for their roasted marshmallow or apple pie ice creams. Chadsey's Cairns winery has good gewurtztraminer too.

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            tearingmonkey Jul 31, 2010 08:12 AM

            I would also recommend Huff Estates Winery with the adjoining Oeno Gallery. Beautiful modern art in a very contemporary building. They also have an Inn and cafe.


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              Non Doctor Jul 31, 2010 09:06 AM

              Norman Hardie.

              Rosehall Run (neighbours with Norm)

              Closson Chase

              Keint - He

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                haggisdragon Jul 31, 2010 01:42 PM

                Hey Non Doctor, which wine did you like from Rosehall Run? I was there about a month ago. I wasn't very impressedby anything but I thought the Chardonnay-musque was okay.

            2. jo_jo_ba Jul 31, 2010 03:53 PM

              Waupoos is great, so is The Grange and the Long Dog guys are super friendly - if you're into beer as well I love going to Barley Days Brewery, if only to get a bottle or two of the "Wind and Sail" ale.

              Waupoos: http://www.waupooswinery.com/
              Grange: http://grangeofprinceedward.com/
              Long Dog: http://www.longdog.ca/index.htm
              Barley Days: http://www.barleydaysbrewery.com/inde...

              Waupoos Estates Winery
              County Rd 8, Picton, ON K0K, CA

              1. kayehm Jul 31, 2010 05:43 PM

                Besides previously mentioned Waupoos, I also highly recommend Black Prince Winery. Great people, great wine.

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                  dalton48 Sep 2, 2011 05:16 AM

                  By Chadsey's Cairns just west of Wellington, before Sandbanks. One of the most beautiful wineries physically and the wines are a cut above a lot of PEC products. They're also having really good barbecue on the weekends, I think.

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                    alvino Sep 2, 2011 11:30 AM

                    If you are looking for excellent wines, try some of the new, smaller wineries with a friendly welcome like Half Moon Bay and The Old Third, as opposed to overpriced, ones like Norman Hardie and Closson Chase.

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