On a recent trip to Toronto, I was having dinner at a restaurant downtown and opened up the wine list to find a number of wines from Prince Edward County available on the carefully curated menu. It was a definite moment of pride as I noticed just how many PEC wineries were represented. Ultimately, it was nice to see the hard work of our local wine makers and the high quality of their products being recognized by a sommelier in one of Canada’s largest cities. Of course, seeing PEC wines, beers, ciders and spirits on the menu of great restaurants is no surprise when dining out in Kingston. Wines from the region are regularly featured in our local restaurants from high end places like Le Chien Noir, Casa and Olivea, to pubs and family-friendly restaurants like Red House, The Iron Duke and Harper’s Burger Bar. If you know just the right place to look, you might even find offerings from the best Winery in Prince Edward County!
Over the last 10 years or so, I have watched Prince Edward County’s Taste Trail grow and grow, gaining popularity with wine lovers from near and far. Back when I embarked on my first visit, I think there were about 5-10 wineries whose vines were mature enough to warrant a proper tour and tasting. Nowadays when we visit the County, there is no possible way to visit all of the excellent destinations along the trail without committing to stay for a few days. In fact, popularity has grown so much that we found ourselves unable to pick up some of our favourites last fall because they were sold out. (Note to self: this year we shall visit in September!)
Prince Edward County wineries are increasingly being recognized for their excellence, earning prestigious awards and accolades from experts. The 2016 Ontario Wine Awards saw Sandbanks take home silver in the unoaked Chardonnay category and bronze for their Red Hybrid. Exultet took home both the gold and bronze for their 2013 and 2014 unoaked chardonnay over $20 (the 2013 was also named best white wine of the year) and Keint-he was awarded bronze for their Pinot Noir. Needless to say, Prince Edward County vintners are finally getting some much deserved praise.
Based on what we can find on ygk menus and on the shelves at local LCBOs, we’ve compiled a list of what we consider to be some of the best, brightest and most sought after wineries in Prince Edward County. Is it even fair to try and decide which of these is the best Winery in Prince Edward County? Because there are so many favourites to consider and to choose from, we’ve decided to give readers two votes in this week’s poll. So, tell us:
Which Prince Edward County wineries are your favourites?
- Karlo Estates (22%, 454 Votes)
- Sandbanks (17%, 356 Votes)
- Three Dog Winery (17%, 350 Votes)
- Hinterland (12%, 244 Votes)
- Closson Chase (7%, 153 Votes)
- Casa Dea (6%, 131 Votes)
- Huff Estates (6%, 114 Votes)
- Keint-he (4%, 91 Votes)
- Rosehall Run (4%, 90 Votes)
- Norman Hardie (3%, 66 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,049
If you took the time to vote in this week’s poll, please do your favourite winery a solid by dropping a comment below telling us why you voted the way you did. Is there a specific wine that they make that you love? Or maybe one they don’t make anymore? If your favourite isn’t on our list, that’s OK too. Give a shout out to what you consider to be the best winery in Prince Edward County in the comments below.
Thanks to Detourist Guide for today’s photo.