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About our County’s Wine Region

Hillier Wine Region Prince Edward County Ontario

“A must visit wine region offering unmatched Vinifera varieties, spectacular views and incomparable culinary experiences”

Prince Edward County is located in the South Eastern part of Ontario: one hour from Kingston, two hours from Toronto and three hours from Ottawa.

The County is surrounded to the North and East  by the Bay of Quinte shores and to the South and West,  Lake Ontario. Long known for its history, scenic shorelines, and friendly “County Folk”, this unique island can now boast as being Eastern Canada’s newest wine destination!

Prince Edward County Wineries and Vineyards

Located on an island like peninsula on the opposite side of Lake Ontario to the Niagara region, the “County” is Ontario’s newest Designated Viticultural Area (DVA). The area now represents one of  the VQA regions: Prince Edward County, Niagara Peninsula, Pelee Island and the north shores of Lake Erie. Its limestone rich soil and moderate climate make it ideally situated for viniculture and in particular the growing of Burgundy varieties (ie. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay).

The County hosts over 35 commercial wineries (as of 2013) and over 50 wine grape growers. The combined effort of the group results in the cultivation of more than 1800 hectares of vineyard which  produce over 800 tons of grapes and more that 600,000 litres of wine annually. 

The Terroir

The terroir of the region is special because of the micro-climate created by lake Ontario; the lake effect softens the cold winters and cools the summer, and its limestone rich soils which help produce wines of distinctive character.  The climate has its unique challenges (ie. the need to bury all exposed vines every winter) but the soil’s stark resemblance to Burgundy France has fed an almost unmatched growth in the number of wine makers willing to face these challenges (averaging 3 new producers a year over the last 10 years).

What Types of Wines are Produced in Prince Edward County?

Prince Edward Counties Vinifera varieties include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Reisling in the Whites and Pinor Noir, Gamay Noir and Cabernet Franc in the reds. Along with these, the County also produces a variety of sweet fruity wines, ice wines, ciders, specialty beers and spirits.

What is the Prince Edward County Wine Tasting experience Like?
Wine tasting in Prince Edward Country is a world-class experience in a quaint and charming atmosphere.  Most of the wineries are open year-round, though during the winter some do close for the season or have limited visiting hours.  Unlike in other wine destinations such as the Napa Valley, tasting appointments are not generally needed.  However it is always helpful to check ahead with the wineries you plan on visiting for special events and promotions. Sandbanks Wine and Specialty tours run year round.

For more information on a Wine Tour in Prince Edward County or to book your next PEC getaway visit Sandbanks Vacations Website. For more information on what you’ve read or what we offer contact us directly either by email sandbankstours@gmail.com or at 1-877-399-2508  

Sandbanks Vacations & Tours is based just East of Picton in Bloomfield, Prince Edward County Ontario. Along with offering wine & specialty tours we also rent kayaks, offer a variety of vacation home & cottage rentals, and build custom group and corporate events. We look forward to helping you experience the best the County has to offer!

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