Burning Kiln Winery – Norfolk County, Ontario.


Rooted in the cultural significance of tobacco and the rich agricultural history of Norfolk County, this small, quality oriented winery honours the past with a vision of the region’s viticulturally bright future.

Once famous for growing and curing tobacco, the region fell on hard times when Chinese and Brazilian tobacco undercut prices. Faced with financial ruin, tobacco farmers turned to growing ginseng, other suitable crops, and grapes.

Tobacco kiln are used for a type of drying (appassimento style), thus increasing grape sugar and fruit intensity.

The stunning winery (located approximately 2 ½ hours south and west of Toronto) is re-purposed tobacco pack barn sitting on a unique piece of land overlooking Lake Erie.

Burning Kiln maintains approximately 10 hectares of vineyards planted to chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, gewurztraminer, riesling, savagnin, pinot gris, chenin blanc, cabernet franc, pinot noir and merlot.

Several member of the Wine Writers’ Circle Of Canada recently had an opportunity to taste the whole portfolio of the Burning Kiln.

The winery also operates a small restaurant featuring delightful, expertly prepared, and perch specialties along with other enticing dishes.

The tasting:

Stick Shaker Savagnin, 2012, earthy, aromatic, well balanced, high-alcohol (14.9 ABV) and smooth
$ 24.95

Horse and Boat Riesling, 2012 fruity, light, pleasant, off dry. A wine to enjoy with light dishes, for patio drinking, and fragrant fruit bowls.
$ 19.95

Table Gang Gewurztraminer, 2012 old gold in colour, this wine offers a cornucopia of exotic fruit aromas. It is off-dry but well balanced.
$ 17.95

Broken Needle Rose, 2012 composed of cabernet franc and pinot noir, this delightful rose smells of strawberries. Light and refreshing.
$ 15.95

Prime Pinot Noir, 2011 typical light red colour. Exudes strawberry aromas, medium bodied, and refreshing with a pleasant finish.
$ 24.95

Cabernet Franc, 2012 brilliant ruby, intense and ripe berry aromas waft out of the glass. Smooth and well balanced with a fine finish.
$ 24.95

Kiln Hanger The Sequel, 2010 although high in alcohol (15.9 ABV) this outstanding fruity wine, offers layers of flavours, mature tannins, and long intense after taste. A fine wine to enjoy with flavourful meat dishes, or roasted root vegetables sprinkled with grated Parmeggiano Reggiano, or hard cheeses.
$ 24.95 Magnum $ 119.95

Chenin Blanc, 2010 originally from the Loire Valley in France, this grape grows well in the vineyards of the winery close to Lake Ontario.

This sweet wine emanates ripe fruit aromas, but is well balance, with a lot of extract that covers the 14.3 ABV well

It is an outstanding wine for enjoying on its own, or with fresh ripe fruit in season.
500 ml.,$ 24.95

Above wines are available at the winery store, and by mail in Ontario.
The winery store welcomes visitors and pours for tasting and purchase.

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