Perhaps Prince Edward County’s most attractive feature is the overflowing amount of vineyards available to visit. Pull out a map of the vineyards and you’ll find location pins clustered all over the county. It can be a little overwhelming, especially when you want to be able to experience all the wine the county has to offer.  To narrow things down a little, we’ve added some of our favourites to our Top Five Series. Below, check out Chestnut Park’s top five vineyards in Prince Edward County in no particular order.

1. Norman Hardie

(photo from Norman Hardie)

2. Hinterland Wine Company

(photo from Hinterland Wine Company)


3.Karlo Estates

This vineyard has the perfect tasting room. Built off the 1880’s post and beam barn, the room is full of sunlight and seating room with a large chalk board that lists the extensive tasting list. The staff are welcoming and helpful and offer pairings with your wine. Don’t leave without trying wines from hockey Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour. If you’re lucky, the resident cat might join you for a glass.

4. The Grange

(photo from The Grange Winery)
Get inside the barn and try four tastings for $5 before you walk around the lush property . After you’ve polished off your juice, buy a picnic and take it outside to truly enjoy the vineyard. Picnic baskets come with a blanket, a bottle of wine and a selection of local fare to snack on.

5. Closson Chase

Identified by its beautiful purple barn and lovely garden, the outside exterior is inviting and leads to good things! Their excellent chardonnay is buttery and their pinot noir is a county leader. If you prefer to taste your wine inside, there is an intimate tasting room and art gallery, or venture outside to enjoy the county scenery.
 

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