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Wine Tasting Tours in Prince Edward County

Hillier Wine Tour Prince Edward County Sandbanks wineryThe Hillier region’s unique soil, climate and Loyalist history have made it a popular spot for wineries and an ideal destination for wine experts and novices alike.  Sit back and relax while we take you on a tour of some of the region’s most popular wineries and best kept secrets. Scroll down past the photo gallery for a list of Hillier area wineries.

Hillier Area Wineries

By Chadsey Cairns

This eclectic winery overlooking lake Ontario offers red, white and rose wine varieties sure to please. The range of wine is described as ranging “from bold, energizing, refreshing Riesling to something more contemplative and mellow, like a barrel-aged Pinot Noir or Chardonnay”.

Casa-Dea Estates Winery

Located just west of Wellington Casa Dea’s Estate Winery two vineyards offer a wide range of wine varieties including: Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, Gamay, Zwiegelt, Pinot Gris, and Melon de Bourgougnon.

Closson Chase

A 30 acre Estate and Winery  producing classic varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Burgundian grape varieties in 100% French oak barrels. View winery video

Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery (The)

Situated on a two century old farm the wineries Trumpour’s Mill wines are “…meant to be delicious table wines that pair well with the foods that grow in our region.” Its 2007 Vintage varieties include”exceptional examples of Chardonnay from our Victoria Block, Pinot Noir from our Diana Block, Cabernet Franc from the Northfield and Prince Edward county’s first VQA approved sparkling wine, a traditionally made blend of pinot noir and chardonnay that quickly sold out.” View winery video

Harwood Estate Vineyards

Harwood wines are made entirely from grapes grown on the Estates three Vineyards in Hillier region and are almost entirely tended by hand. Its award winning white and reds are sure to please.

Hillier Creek Estates

Enjoy sipping Hilliers Creeks award winning white, red, rose and ice wines in its 160 year old barn while overlooking its vineyards growing Pinot Noir, Gamay, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Vidal varieites.

Hinterland Wine Company Hillier

Specializing in sparkling wines Hinterland offers a varieties sure to please.

Huff Estates Winery

Huff Estates winery is located on County Rd 1 minutes from Bloomfield. Owned by County Locals Lanny and Catharine Huff the Winery offers a full range of award winning red, white, rose and sparkling wines to enjoy. (View winery video)

Karlo Estates Winery

Located just minutes from Wellington Karlo Estates Winery is built on the historic 93 acre Stevenson family farm. The winery planted varieties include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Frontenac, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay Musque.

Keint-He Winery & Vineyards Ltd

Keint-He Winery & Vineyards focus is largely on well-crafted premium pinot noir. Along with Pinot varieties the wineries three vineyards, Big Lake VineyardLittle Creek Vineyard Foxtail Vineyard produce Pinot Meunier, St. Laurent, Chardonnay and Sparkling wine.

Lift Haus Winery

Lift Haus winery is a family run “farm” vineyard whose varieites include a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

Lacey Estates Vineyard and Winery

Family owned and operated winery whose varieties include Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There 2008 is described as “[b]lacker than SIN – that’s the only way to describe the colour – and the aromas and flavours are equally sinful”..

Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard

Situated in the heart of the Hillier Region Norman Hardie Winery & Vineryard is perfect for that person looking for a more refined taste and wine tasting experience. Varieties include Pinor Noir and Chardonnay. View winery video

Redtail Vineyard

The only “off-grid” winery in Canada Redtail Vineyard’s solar powered and organic operation is dedicated to the production of two varieties, one red (Pinot Noir) and one white(Pinot Gris), both worth tasting.

Rosehall Run Winery

Rosehall Runs Pinot Noir, Reisling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon can be found in the LCBO or enjoyed at its picturesque tasting room. View winery video

Sugarbush Vineyards

“Sugarbush Vineyards is a small family owned (Robert & Sally Peck) and operated vineyard and winery located in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.  We are the garagiste winery of Prince Edward County.”

Sandbanks Estate Winery

Located just west of the historic Village of Wellington Sandbanks herbicide and pesticide free vineyard uses hybrids varieties of grapes (Giesenhiem, Marechal Foch, Vidal Blanc) designed to handle the Canadian Winters. Find their wines at the LCBO or enjoy them at their tasting room. View winery video

Stanners Vineyard

Unique winery built  straw bales for the walls of the barrel room, a first for Eastern Canada. ”We made our first wine from the 2007 harvest and the result was striking: a varietally true Pinot Noir with complex and vibrant fruit tastes that are vital and original. Our 2008 Pinot follows the same pattern but is perhaps even better balanced, as the wine critics who have tasted it agree.” From Website

The Old Third Vineyard and Winery

“The Old Third Vineyard is located on a steep south-south-east slope in Hillier, Prince Edward County. The soil, Hillier Clay Loam, overlays a friable Ordovician limestone bed about 450 million years old. Heavy and thin, it is mixed with an abundance of limestone gravel and fossils. The Old Third Vineyard contains an unusually large amount of glacial till in the form of granite, sandstone, quartz, marble dragged down by the last ice age from Northern Ontario.” From Website

Book your Wine or Specialty Tour!

Tours run daily and include:

  • a visit to four (4) Hillier wineries
  • three (3) tastings at each winery
  • complimentary pick up / drop off at your local accommodation

Half Day tour is $85 per person (1pm to 5pm)

Want lunch? Upgrade to a Full Day tour with either gourmet picnic lunch $115 per person or a sit-down lunch at a local winery $129 per person (11am to 5pm).

*Price subject to 13% HST.

For your choice of dates, call now (877) 399 2508 and have us book your next Prince Edward County Wine Tour or email us at Sandbanks Vacations & Tours.

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