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Jabulani Vineyard & Winery
Jabulani Vineyard & Winery ~ Richmond

Adamo Estate Winery

793522 3rd Line EHS
Mono, ON

The Town of Mono is situated in south-central Ontario, Canada, at the south-east corner of County of Dufferin, just north of Caledon and northeast of Orangeville. Mono Centre, Hockley Village and Camilla are just some of the small communities which exist within the Town of Mono. Here you will find Hockley Valley Resort home of Adamo Winery.

The resort was founded by Nancy and Mario Adamo

The sixteen acre vineyard is nestled in the fertile, rolling hills of Hockley Valley. It features over 7,000 vines, including Riesling, Vidal, pinto noir and chardonnay. 2015 will be their first vintage

Winemaker Shauna White


Alton Farms Estate Winery

5547 Aberarder Line
ON, N0N 1J5

Marc and Anne Alton moved to Aberarder Line in Plympton-Wyoming with a goal of creating a vineyard and winery where we can make delicious wines and create a new wine region for Ontario. This region sits just below the south end of Lake Huron north of Lake Erie North Shore.

Planting began in the spring of 2006 with fifteen different varieties. These include: Cabernet Sauvignon  and Chardonnay, as well as hybrid cold temperature varieties such as Frontenac  and Marechal Foch. They now hav6 acres of grape production; selling wines to the local market.

They spent the first 7 years testing numerous grapes varieties to determine which would grow well, which would survive in this area using sustainable production methods, and then which of these grapes could be made into quality wines.  They also developed their own grape called Aberarder

Signature wine: Aberarder White, produced from the Aberarder grape.

Alton Farms Estate Winery collected almost $500 from wine tastings in December of 2013.  All proceeds went to UNICEF

Winemaker: Marc and Anne Alton
Philosophy. Alton Estate Winery will make small batch, high quality wine for the local Lambton County market using sustainable agricultural methods of grape production.

Quality wine is made in the vineyard. Therefore our vineyard is to produce quality grapes that can be controlled in all aspects (spray residue, spray type, taste, Brix and acid levels).


Applewood Winery

12442 McCowan Road
Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5

This family operated winery is located in Stouffville just outside of Toronto. It is owned by the Passafiume Family and began as one of the very first pick-your-own farms. The winery opened in 2000 offering fruit wines and mead. The winery specializes in unique fruit blend wines. One very popular wine is Eloras Harvest a medley of five summer fruits and honey.

Other attractions at winery include: pick-your-own fruit - purchase jams - hay wagon rides

Winemaker: Matt Passafiume
Philosophy. Traditional, balanced chemistry with applied simplicity

Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery

6275 Liberty Street North
Bowmanville, ON

Tel: 905-263-2396

Archibald's is nestled in the picturesque Oak Ridges Moraine. Since 1983, visitors to Archibald's have enjoyed a taste of country! From apples fresh off the tree - to pies still warm from the oven; from cider right off the press - to most recently, fruit fermented into award winning wines - there is something for every palate at this fourth generation family farm. Your hosts are Fred and Sandy Archibald.

Winemaker: Fred Archibald
Philosophy: Great wines are grown.. it is important to be in control of all the steps, from the site selection and varietal choices to final blending and balancing.

Bellamere Country Market & Winery

1260 Gainsborough Road
London, ON N6H 5K8

Tel: 519-473-2273

Starting as a family farm, Bellamere began the marketing experience in 1980s. 0pening a market in 1985 adding a bakery and deli to create a delightful shopping experience, Bellamere started producing fruits and later mixing fruit and grape to produce some very unique wines. The timber structure winery opened in 1998.

Jim Patient is the winemaker producing wines made from 100% Ontario-grown raspberries, strawberries, apples, pears, blackberries, cranberries, and blueberries. The fruit wines range dramatically in style and sweetness from the depth and complexity of the full-bodied blackberry wine, to the sweet fruit intensity of the icewines.

Philosophy:To make wines that capture fruit character and captivate the customer

Birtch Farms and Estate Winery

Woodstock, ON

Tel: 519-469-3040



They have closed!!

Located in south western Ontario Oxford County, near the town of Woodstock, owned by the Birtch Family Bob and Dyann and their three sons. The winery produces over 20 different fruit wines.

The farm began back in 1946 doing mixed farming, the orchard was planted in 1956. In 1990 Birtch Farm decided to become a public oriented farm, to offer pick-your-own crops and festivals. This has grown to the current fall festival season that hosts over 10,000 people. In 1990 after years of experimentation and studies at the University of Guelph, it was decided to add a fruit winery to the business. The winery was opened in 2001

They have two main events: Apple Festival (3rd weekend in September) and Pumpkin Festival (2nd weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving)

Dessert wines include an Apple Maple, Blueberry Ice and Strawberry Ice

Winemaker: Robert Birtch
Philosophy: Our wines are all non grape wines crafted in a style that benefits from aging 4-7 years. They range from dry to sweet, and have a great deal of character

Signature wines - Oak aged McIntosh and Elderberry, Oaked Aged Cherry

Blue Gypsy Wines

1595 Lindsay Road
Oxford Mills, ON
K0G 1S0

Blue Gypsy Wines is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Louis Gaal and Claire Faguy. Six years in the making, the fruit winery opened its doors in October 2011 in Oxford Mills, Ontario, about 45 minutes south of Ottawa, 90 minutes from downtown Montreal

The winery's building is constructed of metal for minimal maintenance, has radiant (in-floor) heating, and will be powered by a combination of solar panels and wind generators, a pellet stove, and a back-up generator for emergencies. Blue Gypsy does not add sulphites to their wines to stop fermentation.  Instead, they balance the yeast type, time (approx 1 year of aging) and expose the wines to cold temperatures as a way of killing the yeast.

wine selection includes apple, raspberry, cherry, blueberry, cranberry, strawberry, maple, and ginger.
signature wines Cranberry and Maple

Winemaker: Louis Gaal Claire Faguy
Philosophy: We strive to make the finest fruit wines in Ontario, free of added sulphites and with the lowest possible impact on the environment


Boreal Berry Farm and Winery

748 Little Brule Road,
Warren, Ontario

The winery is located on 160 acres at the edge of the boreal forest; it sits on a rich silt loam, our land was originally a floodplain for the Nepawassi River, the main waterway joining Lake Nipissing and Georgian Bay. The owners are     Greg and Mira Melien.

They produce fruit wine using northern hardy fruits, sustainable low carbon footprint using natural, bio dynamic methods.

They are North America's only haskap winery, and the largest commercial haskap orchard in Eastern Canada. 160 acres with haskap, saskatoons, cherries, lingonberry, aronia, sea buckthorn

Winemaker: Dominic Rivard
Philosophy: Natural, authentic and hand crafted

Central Valley Winery

65 Milburn Rd
Hamilton Ontario


A virtual winery making all types of wines using grapes from California , Ontario and other regions


Cox Creek Cellar Estate Winery

RR#5 Guelph, ON

Tel: 516-767-3253 e-mail:


Located near Guelph, owned and operated by the Trochta family. The winery is named after the creek running through the property and traces its winemaking back 200 years into European history. Cox Creek was founded by Mrs. J Jerry Trochta as part of her dream to continue her winemaking heritage. The estate winery is the culmination of her family's hard work and the bounty of the surrounding area. The winery construction started late July 1998 and was completed in time for the November 20 1998 Grand Opening.

Cox Creek Cellars incorporates scenic landscape pictures from around the vineyard property, present on each and every label. Cox Creek Cellars has also been awarded 14 medals in the past 24 months, from Intervin International, Fruit Wines of Canada and the Toronto Wine and Cheese Show.

Cox Creek Cellars Inc. uses natural farming techniques to produce wines of merit and appeal. Their goal is to redefine the nature of fruit wines in Ontario. Committed to integrity and customer satisfaction. The winery is committed to innovation and new product readiness. Cox Creek Cellars is the first fruit winery in Ontario to incorporate chestnut barrels in the aging of their Black Currant and Pinot Noir wines.

Dark Horse Estate Winery Inc.

P.O. Box 460
70665 B Line
Grand Bend, ON


Located in Huron County, Ontario’s newest wine region,the 31,000-sq.-ft. facility will house state-of-the-art winemaking technology, exceptional vineyards, patio, VIP reception area and a full-service meeting/banquet space. It’s scheduled to open June 2016. They have 20 acres.

The winery is owned by The Rasenberg family and partners. Winery Consultant is Murray Watson


Winemakers: Fred Di Pofio, Marc Pistor

Domaine Perrault Vineyards

1000 Perrault Road
Navan ON K4B 1H8

Domaine Perrault Vineyards

Located east of Ottawa owned by Denis Perrault who began growing grapes in 1999. He originally planted 1 acre consisting of 1,000 vines of approximately 10 varieties of hybrids in consultation with a vine expert from the University of Guelph. In the spring of 2005, an additional 5 acres (5,000 vines) were planted to start the winery Domaine Perrault with a production capacity of more than 11,000 bottles.

The winery opened in 2006 operated by Denis, his wife Lyse and their two daughters Anne and Dominique.

The eagle is the symbol of the Perrault family emblem For the Perrault family, the bald eagle signifies “champion” or “leader” because eagles just like leaders, do not flock.

Winemaker: Bernard Martineau

Downey's Farm Market

1362 Heart Lake Road
Brampton, ON

Starting as a produce farm owned by the Downey Family since 1920, expanding into a market and then into producing fruit wines. Downey's has been extremely successful, in 2003 they were named the Fruit Winery of the Year at the Canadian Awards.
Operated by John and Ruth Downey along with their five children.

Eagle Point Winery

1362 Heart Lake Road
Brampton, ON

Eagle Point Winery is situated in the Beautiful 1000 Islands region in Ontario. Eagle Point was recently
(summer 2012) sold to a Chinese industrialist Mr. Du Zhongyi of Wuhai, China.

The new owner has announced plans to develop a golf course and country club, a residential -housing development, and an expansion of the winery operations

Early Acres Estate Winery

9494 Pioneer Line
Chatham, Ontario

The winery sits a little north east of the Lake Erie North Shore Wine region and just south of Lake Huron. The vineyard sits on 7.5 acres of sandy loam soil The vineyard was planted in 2003 with their first vintage been 2012. The winery is owned by Sue Korpan and her husband Mike.

The winery name is based onits location in their grandparents home which was build in 1949. They have 97 acres of sandy loam

Winemaker: Mike Korpan
Philosophy: Wining is our business.

Georgian Vineyards

496350 Grey Road 2
Ravenna, ON

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The vineyards are located on Ravenna Bench over looking Georgian Bay (east shores of Lake Heron). The winery is owned by John Ardiel, Murray Puddicombe and Robert Ketchin. Their vision is to establish a grape growing region in the Georgia Bay area.

Testing for this area began in 1998, in 2004 they planted a 5 acre commercial vineyard on the west side of Beaver Valley.
In 2007 the Victoria Corners Estate Vineyard consisting of 12 acres was planted. The winery will specialize in cool climate grapes such as Alsace, Loire, Chablis and Northern Burgundy

Signature wines – Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Gamay Noir, Marechal Foch and Vidal Icewine.

Winemaker: Lindsay Puddicombe
Philosophy: Looking for a local terroir style, minimalist approach, low yields focusing on cool climate grape varieties


Heritage Estate Winery and Cidery

421 Penetanguishene Road
Barrie, Ontario


Heritage Estate Winery & Cidery is situated in the heart of Simcoe County. The project started in 2014 to date 17,300 grape vines have been planted, and 1250 fruit trees (1000 apple and 250 pear) have taken root.

Reds: Marquette, Baco noir, merachel foch, Lucy kulhman
Whites: Vidal, guisenheim, oscealo Muscat and NY Muscat, petit milo, Frontenac gris

Peter McArthur, owns and operates the orchard and vineyard with his wife, Jocelyn. They have two ciders  Dragon’s Gold and Eden’s Apples. he imagery on the products is inspired by (the HBO hit series) Game of Thrones because Peter just loves that show.

Your signature wines? Apple wines: still and sparkling, cran apple Sangria. Making a blueberry apple Sangria currently. Baco Noir, Vidal and Front gris

Winemaker: Patrick Garrett
Winemaking Philosophy: Make good quality, crisp wines and ciders. We believe in the pasteurization process for our ciders to produce a good quality product! 


Jabulani Vineyard & Winery

8005 Jock Trail
Richmond , ON

Located near Canada's capital city Ottawa Janet and Tom Moul began their adventure in 2005 when they purchased the land by Jock River. Jabulani is a Zulu word that means rejoice, the spirit of happiness, to celebrate always. Tom is originally from Africa (Zimbabwe and later South Africa) and when we saw the land he said "I feel Jabulani!!" and it stuck.

Jabulani now has 11,000 vines with 7 varieties of cold climate grapes. The doors opened in 2011 after creating wines from our first harvest. Of 6 products for 2011, they sold out of 5 by the time the doors closed in September! ( open from June to Labour Day).

The winery is licensed to sell wine by the glass.

signature wines? Marquette Shiraz Barrel Select 2010, Jerepigo (fortified white wine)

Winemaker: Tom Moul
Philosophy: To make a wide enough range of products to produce something for most pallets without compromising quality.


Le Domaine Du Cervin

13845 Route Guthnecht
Chesterville, ON

Tel: 613-448-2245


Located in Eastern Ontario in an area known for its dairy farms The winery is owned by Samuel Gutknecht, unfortunately we have little information on the winery

Kawartha Country Wines

2275 County Road 36
Buckhorn, ON K0L 2J0

Tel: 705- 657-9916

Nestled in the heart of the Kawarthas, a very popular tourist and recreation destination north east of Toronto
The wine making facilities, tasting room and gift shop are housed in a restored log cabin built in 1866 complete with the original square hewn logs and pine floors. They make mostly fruit wines grape wine and maple syrup wine

Winemaker:John Rufa


Kin Vineyards

2225 Craig's Side Road
Carp, ON

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KIN Vineyards tends two vineyards nestled along the Carp Ridge, adjoined by the Carp River, and resting upon the grey limestone of the Ottawa Formation. Each vineyard supports a distinct terroir, a unique personality, and a tremendous potential for remarkable wine. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay


Maelstrom Winery

78925 Sanctuary Line ,
RR4, Seaforth, ON
N0K 1W0 CA


Located on the north eastern shore of Lake Huron, Huron County, west of Toronto. A Maelstrom is a powerful tidal current or whirlpool. In literature, a Maelstrom is almost always used metaphorically to depict adversity and the hidden opportunities presented by that hardship.

Maelstrom Winery took root in 2009, when the Landsborough family planted a test plot of vines to see if they would survive Huron County’s cold climate. To their delight, the vines not only survived – they thrived! So in 2010, they planted 2 more acres of vines,

Philosophy: It's our mission to showcase what Huron County has to offer, and we do this by making unique and flavourful wines produced from Huron County grapes. Our artisanal and "hands-off" approach allows the richness of the terroir to come through in the wine.

Monro's Meadery

3115 River St.
Alvinston, Ontario
N0N 1A0


Since 1914, Munro Honey has grown to one of the largest producers, packers, and exporters of Canadian no.1 honey and hive products in Ontario. In 1999 Munro's Meadery to the company, the first Meadery in the province of Ontario .


Alvinston is east of Toronto sitting north of Lake Erie and south of tip Lake Huron
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Moon Shadows Estate Winery

RR#2 Comp. 512
12953 Hwy #118
Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0

Tel: 705-455-9999

Carol and Eric Thompson began their search a few years back looking for a maple tree farm. They selected Haliburton County purchasing property from the Moon Family. They named their Maple Tree farm business Maple Moon. The winery opened in 2005; they wanted a name linking it with Maple Moon

Moon Shadow claims to be Ontario's first Maple Winery. Over 80% of the wines are maple syrup based but not all have the maple taste. Wines produced include grape and fruit wines

Signature wines: Golden Maple, Cran Maple and one of their dessert wines; Maple Sugar.

Winemaker: Eric Thompson
Philosophy: To create an enjoyable variety of unique quality wines

tours by request/gift shop/fruit winery

Muskoka Lakes Winery

Box 24 1074 Cranberry Rd
Bala, ON K0L 2J0

Tel: 705-762-3203


Located two hours north of Toronto on Lake Muskoka. Bala is home to the only two producing commercial cranberry farms in the province. In 1952, Orville Johnston began planting cranberries. Over fifty years later, Johnston's Cranberry Marsh is one of the oldest cranberry farms in Canada and is owned and operated by Orville's son, Murray Johnston and Murray's wife, Wendy Hogarth.

In the fall of 2001, the Johnstons decided to begin a new venture, Muskoka Lakes Winery. While grapes don't grow in the region, cranberries sure do, and MLW specializes in wines made with Muskoka's native berry. With Jim Warren, a well-known winemaker in the Niagara region, as a consultant the Johnstons began making wine.

Signature wines : Cranberry, Cranberry Blueberry, White Cranberry, Wild Blueberry, Oak Aged Wild Blueberry and Red Maple (a fortified dessert wine made with cranberries and maple syrup).

Numerous family events are planned throughout the entire year.

Winemaker: Murray Johnston
Philosophy: To create quality wines that express Muskoka.

Oak Heights Estate Winery

337 Covert Hill Road RR#1
Warkworth, ON K0K 3K0

Tel: 705-924-9625
Toll free: 1-866-OAK-6051

Ian Fraser initially purchased his property in the rolling hills of Northumberland County to be a weekend getaway. He had always had a passion for wine and, in the spring of 2000, the idea of planting vines on the fertile land emerged becoming the County's first and only winery. Oak Heights is the name of the hamlet where the winery is located…it is a very historical name and the hamlet dates back to the 1700's

Production began in 2006, the Winery produced eight wines including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Covert Hill White (Vidal), Covert Hill Red (Chambourcin, Marechal Foch, Baco Noir), Meritage, and traditional method Sparkling Wine. There are 25.5 acres of vineyard on a 100 acre property.

The beautiful estate property and surrounding hills provide a wonderful place to explore. There is also a comfortable lounge where light meals and wine can be enjoyed. Check winery website for hours

Signature wines: Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay

Winemaker: Mike Traynor
Philosophy: To make wines that emphasize finesse, approachability and an ability to match with food. To work with the fruit that we are given and craft them into a style that creates the best possible quality, and manage the wines in small lots with an emphasis on blending and complexity .

Oak Heights claims to be the only winery in the world to exclusively use 100% Canadian Oak Barrels.

tours/light meals

Ocala Orchards Farm Winery

971 High Point Road
Port Perry, ON L9L 1P0


This winery has grown out of four generations of orchard farmers based on the original 100 acres purchased in 1915. Irwin and Alissa Smith opened their winery in 1995.


Potter Settlement Wines

1445 Potter Settlement Road
Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0


The winery was founded in 2000 by Sandor, Ken and Maureen Johnson on land that has been owned throughout the generations by the family since the early 1800's.

Hastings County's first winery-to-be, situated just north of Tweed, Ontario on Potter Settlement Road (nestled between Highway 7 and Highway 37 - linking Toronto and Ottawa). Located on the very edge of the Canadian Shield - 'Potter Settlement's' sandy, highly mineral terroir and organically-grown grapes offers a unique selection of delicious and intensely flavourful wines found nowhere else in the world.

The family winemaker Robin Johnson is a Brock University graduate in the Oenology and Viticulture program. Hehas worked making and selling wine in Niagara, Ontario. He has been employed by Contellation Brands, Thirty Bench, Flatrock, Colio Estates - as well as boutique wineries in British Columbia.

The wines which will include FRENCH VINIFERA WINES: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Muscat, Reisling, Merlot HERITAGE HEIRLOOM WINES Marquette, Frontenac (Blanc, Gris and Noir), Vidal (icewine), Baco Noir, Marechal Foch, Petite Pearl FRUIT WINES

Winemaker: Robin Johnston


Smokie Ridge Vineyards

10090 Cameron Road
Mountain, Ontario
K0E 1S0

Located only 25 minutes from Ottawa (South Mountain, Ontario), Smokie Ridge Vineyard is a local family owned and operated winery established in 2007. Specializing in northern varietal grapes, such as Frontenac Noir Sabrevois, St-Pepin, Louise Swenson, Marquette and Frotenac Gris. The winery is owned by Paul and Deborah LeBlanc. The origins of the name for Smokie Ridge Vineyard comes from the owner and owner's father who are nicknamed Smokie

The wineries name was fully entrenched the day the family woke to a picturesque mist across the rows of newly planted vines giving a smoky feel to the ridge where they're planted. This name seemed even more appropriate when some of the wines they first produced had a smoky flavour to them.

Smokie Ridge specialize in cold hardy grapes which can withstand temperatures down to -35 degrees, not unusual for our area in January and February. These grapes produce distinctive wines which they blend with either their own production, or some imported more traditional vinifera to compliment our grapes.

Signature wines: Rosé, Rosie Cheeks and Red, Cabernet de Montagne.

Smokie Ridge Vineyard owes its success to the people who are involved. What began as a family business has remained that way – and has grown to include extended family and a wonderful close knit group of enthusiasts. The LeBlancs plan to add a stable, lodging, and a destination venue for special events, continuing to enhance the leisure industry in this area and provide a unique and beautiful attraction for Ottawa and surrounding communities.

Winemakers: Paul, Claude and Maurice LeBlanc. Assisted by John David and John Simpson
Philosophy: The two values behind our winemaking are “Craftsmanship and Innovation”. A great wine is a balance of art, science and alchemy, both in the vineyard and the winery

Scheuermann Vineyard & Winery

82 Bedford St
Westport , ON


Located north of Kingston and south of Ottawa.



Strathmore Orchard & Winery

3977 Bender Rd
Monkland, Ontario
K0C 1V0

Located south east of Ottawa north of Cornwall and west of Montreal. Strathmore Orchard and Winery was originally start, back in 1980, as a Christmas Tree Farm. . Inspired by nature Carmen Bender started the orchard. As the orchard produced the next question was what do with the abundance of Apples. She decide to make wines.

They produced a wide variety of fruit wines such as: ”Late Harvest”, “Sparkling Apple”, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Apple/Cranberry, Maple wine , and “Autumn Crystal” ice wine


Willow Springs Winery

5572 Bethesda Road
Stouffville, ON L4A 7X3

Tel: 905-642-9463

This 11 acre winery is owned by Mario and Julie Testa and is situated Just north of Markham and Toronto

Information is limited as this winery does not respond to our inquiries.


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