Enjoy the Bounty of Prince Edward County Wine Country
“Wine is sunlight held together by water.” Galileo Galilei
When you think of wine, does Canada and specifically the province of Ontario come to mind? Well, it should. Amongst the several wine regions in Ontario, the Prince Edward County Wine country, locally known as “The County,” is considered one of the fastest-growing wine destinations.
This hidden treasure of a wine region is located along the east end of Lake Ontario and is surrounded on the north and east by the Bay of Quinte. It is home to close to 40 wineries with more opening each year. It is also home to craft beer, ciders and spirits. It is well known for the famous Sandbanks beach and very popular with foodies.
The limestone-rich soil, well-drained clay loam and moderating air temperature due to its proximity to the water, create the perfect environment for the hand-crafted award-winning wines developed here. It has been likened to the terroir of Burgundy.
Prince Edward County Wine Country was officially identified as a VQA appellation in 2007. Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) is a regulatory system that guarantees the high quality and authenticity of origin for Canadian wines in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. It is similar to those in Italy(DOC) and France(AOC), to name a few.
Well known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the region has recently been recognized for its introduction of Malbec.
Prince Edward County is a perfect destination for a day trip or a short getaway. Bed and Breakfasts, short-term rentals, motels and hotels as well as an abundance of farm-to-table restaurants abound.
The region is only a one-hour drive from Kingston, a two-hour drive from Toronto, a three-hour drive from Ottawa and a four-hour drive from Montreal.