13 Prince Edward County Wineries Worth a Visit

Known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Prince Edward County is slowly but surely solidifying itself as one of the best wine regions in Canada. The weather and soil are part of what makes Prince Edward County wine so unique. The winds coming off Lake Ontario protect the grapes from early frost, and the soil, a mixture of clay and limestone, draws this wine country in comparison to the French wine-growing region of Burgundy. 

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Despite the region’s rich agricultural history, it wasn’t until 2001 that the first winery opened up in the region. Waupoos Estates Winery put PEC on the map, and in 2003, The Grape Growers of Ontario designated Prince Edward County as a wine-growing region. Today, more and more Prince Edward County wineries are opening up. So many wineries believe in respecting their little patch of earth and the value of eating and drinking locally. 

With over 40 wineries in the region, there is a lot to taste! So, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Prince Edward County wineries you should visit!

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Cada Dea Winery, Prince Edward County
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13 Best Wineries In Prince Edward County

1. Lacey Estates

Lacey Estates is one of the region’s family-owned and operated PEC wineries. They never import grapes, so everything is made with 100% estate-grown grapes. They sell lovely Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Baco Noir, and Cabernet Franc. We loved the stunning view from the tasting room and porch. They are RV-friendly and a member of Harvest Host, so we were able to stay the night there in our campervan.

Prince Edward County wineries, Lacey Estates Winery
Lacey Estates Winery

2. The Old Third

The Old Third winery offers tastings in their stylish old barn, where we tasted the best riesling in Prince Edward County (in our opinion, anyway). They also produce cinder and hold several events throughout the year. We were lucky enough to attend a special Countylicious dinner there during our visit that made us fall in love with the barn at the Old Third and its lovely wines. They even have a pasta bar to go with their wines!

3. Karlo Estates

Karlo Estates in Wellington, Ontario, has won countless awards. The winery is owned by Master Winemaker and Wine Judge Richard Karlo, who oversees wine production and planning. Karlo Estates makes artisanal wines the old-fashioned way and welcomes you to try their world-class wines in their cool 1805 beam barn, where visitors can also choose from a vegan wine and cheese tasting option. Outside, the nearly 100-acre property is home to North America’s Largest Dry Stone bridge.

4. Grange Of Prince Edward Vineyards And Estate Winery

The Grange of Prince Edward is set on a beautiful property in Prince Edward County. They offer takeaway tasting boxes to enjoy in their garden as well as an on-site food truck, The Old Salt. This is one of the only Picton wineries where you can enjoy wine plus vegan Beyond sausages and tasty cocktails.

Prince Edward County wineries
Grange Of Prince Edward Vineyards And Estate Winery

5. Sugarbush Vineyards & Winery

Sugarbush is a family-owned and operated winery that serves up gourmet grilled cheeses alongside their small-batch wines. They have a lovely outdoor tasting area with great views of the vineyard and friendly staff. You can only find this gem during Prince Edward County wine tours.

6. Rosehall Run Vineyards Inc.

Rosehall Run is one of the oldest vineyards in Prince Edward County. They boast award-winning wines that offer a friendly, sophisticated atmosphere and are famous for making really good and easy-to-enjoy pinot noirs, chardonnays, and sparkling wines. They have on-site tastings, a lovely outdoor area and offer events throughout the year.

Rosehall Run Winery, Prince Edward County wineries
Rosehall Run Winery, Prince Edward County

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7. Casa-Dea Winery & Banquet Hall

Casa-Dea Winery is another member of the Harvest Host program for campervans and RVs. The winery has a large selection of VQA wine available, but the tasting still felt intimate and personal. The founder grew up in Italy, where he studied with monks and was taught the art of winemaking. He brought his love for winemaking to the county when he immigrated to Canada, along with a few very unique winemaking styles that you won’t find anywhere else in the county. 

Prince Edward County wineries
Casa Dea Winery

8. Harwood Estate Vineyard

Harwood Estate is a completely solar-powered winery. They are also RV-friendly, dog-friendly, and have electric charging points. You can take your wine tastings out onto the patio to enjoy the lovely views of the vineyard.

9. Closson Chase Vineyards Inc.

Closson Chase is famous for its iconic purple barn and great wine. The vineyard started planting vines in 1999, making them one of the oldest vineyards in Prince Edward County and has been welcoming wine lovers for decades. They were also an early adopter of sustainable agriculture. In addition, they make it their mission to craft wines “using centuries-old European traditions & sustainable, innovative techniques.”

Closson Chase Winery,
Closson Chase Winery, Prince Edward County

10. Huff Estates

Located on the road to Bloomfield, Huff Estates was opened in 2004 and holds their tastings in an ultra-modern building. Their great pizza is such a joy which pairs nicely with their wines. The outdoor restaurant has lovely views of the vineyard. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Oeno Gallery and sculpture garden, also located on-site.

Huff Estates Winery, Prince Edward County
Huff Estates Winery, Prince Edward County

11. Norman Hardie Winery And Vineyard

Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard is named after the owner and winemaker who obtained his sommelier certification in Burgundy and then moved on to the art of winemaking. He ensures that only perfect fruit makes its way into the wine, by ensuring all grapes all handpicked and sorted. At this winery in Prince Edward County, you can visit the tasting bar or relax on the patio with a pizza and glass of wine.

12. Trail Estate Winery

This winery focuses on low-intervention wines. Their winemaking ethos is based on respect for nature and no additions or subtractions. You must book a tasting in advance if you want to visit the winery, something we didn’t know at the time of our visit. But the intimate tasting experience is worth planning ahead for. Trail Estate Winery is popular for its eclectic selection of both regional classics and non-traditional wine styles like Orange wine. 

13. Waupoos Estate Winery 

Perched on Lake Ontario, Waupoos Estate was the first winery to open in the region. Their wine is famous for its rich minerality, which you can sample at their tasting bar on site. However, if are looking for something more substantial they have a farm-to-table restaurant on site that has views of the water. They offer Prince Edward County winery tours of their estate, on-site farm and vineyards.

Driving through the Prince Edward County wineries
Driving through the Prince Edward County wineries

Honourable Mentions

  • Stanners Vineyard: This unique boutique winery specialises in Pinot Noir. Their laid-back tasting bar is right in the barrel room, built eco-friendly with straw bales. This winery makes just 1,000 cases a year using the most sustainable methods.
  • Sandbanks: Sandbanks Winery is famous for its Baco Noir wine. Their lively tasting room and art gallery are where you’ll discover a bottle you’ll love from their diverse and fun selection, including the famous effervescent red wine.
  • Hinterland Wine Company: The winery used to be a barn for 48 cows, but now it’s all about sparkling wine. Try their infamous Hinterland Wine Company playful wine tasting, the Pretty In Pink, featuring the famous Hinterland Rosé and Les Etoiles collections.
  • Traynor Family Vineyard: Besides their famous Sauvignon Blanc, they craft “natural wines” like their Pet-Nat and make their own vermouth, definitely worth a taste! You can even pair your wine with artisan chocolates or enjoy the fantastic food from the taco truck that’s often onsite. Plus, if you’re travelling with an EV, they’ve got an electric car charging station!
  • Lighthall Vineyards: A small gem in the charming South Shore, takes pride in its low-volume, high-quality wines. Lighthall Vineyards is a terroir-driven wine, famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It’s also famous for producing its own sheep’s milk cheese onsite. Try their Lighthall Vineyards Culmination wines, traditionally made blanc de blanc crafted from 100% County Chardonnay.

With its close proximity to Toronto and Ottawa, Prince Edward County is a great place to go for a weekend getaway. Their wineries are quickly becoming masteries of cool-climate wines that you need to taste for yourself.

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2 thoughts on “13 Prince Edward County Wineries Worth a Visit”

  1. Richard & Christine Dominico

    Thank you for this list of favourite wineries in The County. Your lifestyle sounds wonderful. We live in Peterborough. We have friends coming from Timmins to visit Nov. 13-17. They want to do a tour of some wineries in Prince Edward County but we are worried that it might be too late in the season. As well, with over 40 wineries we didn’t know which wineries to try to visit. Your article gives us a place to start. We are puzzled, however, by your omission of the Sandbanks Winery. We have long loved their offerings. We have read that the woman who started Sandbanks has sold it but will stay on for a while. Do you think Nov. 13-17 is too late to drive our friends through The County? Will some of the wineries be still open for tastings? Thank you in advance for any information you can provide. Richard and Christine Dominico.

    1. Would recommend that you check opening hours for wineries you want to visit. We have always visited in the summer/early fall and not sure if the wineries/cellar doors/tasting rooms stay opened past October. Enjoy your visit!

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