A small Island located in Lake Erie. The Island is Canada's most southern land mass.
The climate on these islands boasts the highest heat units in the country, and the longest frost free season in Ontario. Along with the aforementioned differences, are many others, the foremost being the condition of isolation. To this place apart settlers came to make a living, one defined by difficulty and perseverance. A community evolved, one that reflected the setting-in social and in economic ways, but importantly too, in habit of thought.
Soil type: Toledo and Brookstone clay over a limestone base impart distinct Pelee Island features to our wines.
Avg. rainfall: 800mm
Avg. Heat Units: 1,591
Avg. Frost Free Days: 195
Some climatological data – Europe and North America (for comparison)
Pelee Island – Ontario , Canada Macon – Burgandy , France
Latitude: 41.5 degrees north Latitude: 46 degrees north
Elevation: 174 meters above sea level Elevation: 216 meters above sea level
Frost Free Days: 196 Frost Free Days: 200
Heat Units: 1,591 Heat Units: 1,220
Anderson Valley – Mendocino, Asti – Piemonte , Italy
California , U.S.A. Latitude: 41 degrees north
Latitude: 41 degrees north Heat Units: 1,706
Heat Units: 1,394
Geisenheim – Rheingau , Germany
Latitude: 50 degrees north
Elevation: 109 meters above sea level
Frost Free Days: 197
Heat Units: 1,040
In 2013 The AVA status of Pelee Island was removed and it was placed under the Lake Erie North Shore
Please see History of Pelee Island