This article was originally published in the 2019 Fall issue of Invest In Style Magazine.

 

When Grant Howes took over the family farm on the shores of Prince Edward County back in 1996, his dream was to make delicious, locally-produced cider. Two years later, The County Cider Company’s products lined LCBO shelves. Two decades later, the Waupoos community estate cidery has established itself as a local and provincial success story.


 

In 2017, Grant, considered a gentle bear of a man by those who knew him, died of a heart attack at the age of 60. Grant’s wife Jenifer Dean now heads The County Cider Company and their dedicated team.The company continues to grow; embracing Grant’s tenacity and passion. The first trees were planted by United Empire Loyalists more than 150 years ago. Now County Cider grows many heritage and cider specific varieties which add complexity to their ciders. No concentrates, just fresh local ingredients of the highest quality.

 

 

The County Cider Company maintains a consistent cider list and new flavours are created on an experimental, keg by keg basis, for restaurants and other partners in the community.

 

Visit their Tasting Room and retail store – inside a renovated 1840s barn – for local products, gifts and cider. These are open everyday until November, when they open weekends only until they close for the season in mid-December.

 

 

Sit and sip at The Patio Restaurant, where you can sample the locally crafted cider and enjoy spectacular views of the shores of Lake Ontario. The food menu includes wood-fired pizzas and a larger-than-life-burger, named after their larger-than-life founder. Bonus – well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome at the picnic tables. The restaurant is open seasonally, until Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Jenifer Dean and the rest of the team at The County Cider welcome visitors to this scenic spot in Prince Edward County. Book a tasting tour in the old cattle barn and take a self-directed stroll through the orchards. Smile at the crisp apples that you’ll enjoy in a Waupoos premium cider next year.

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