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Prince Edward County – Ontario

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

Price Edward County was granted VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) in 2007, and since then, many small wineries have opened. Presently there are 32 and counting.

There is always delightful warmth about the “County” as locals call it, although winters can be very cold.

Vines have to be buried for protection.

Picton, is the largest ad possibly the most interesting town with many small restaurants and inns that cater to the whims of sophisticated visitors from Toronto and Ottawa.

Picton looks more lie a traditional English town.

The terroir is limestone dominated, and marginal in climate; the reason for fluctuating vintage quality. In successful vintages, the wines (chardonnay and pinot noir) can compete with the best in the world.

Quality conscious vineyard owners keep crop levels low to produce flavourful fruit, and protect vines from freezing in the winter.

Price Edward County wines are always acid-driven, and delicious, fruity, and refined if and when made from ripe fruit. In good vintages, the wines can be cellared for a few years.

Riesling, chardonnay, pinot gris, and pinot noir are the most popular varieties, although a vineyard owners have also planted syrah, merlot, gewurztraminer, and experimental varieties.

Of late, sparkling wines started to become popular and PEC fruit is most suitable for delicate sparkling wines.

Wineries are small, but almost all offer tastings in their retail outlets.

Norman Hardie, Closson Chase, Hinterland, Huff Estates, Rosehall Run, Exultet, Long Dog, Grange, Casa-Dea, Cairn’s Winery, Keint-He Winery and Vineyards are a few of the wineries well known for their intriguing wines.

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