Lake Erie North Shore

Located in South Western Ontario; bounded on the northwest side by Lake St. Clair, to the west by the fast flowing Detroit River, with Lake Erie to the South, and including Pelee Island, Lake Erie North Shore appellation is almost completely surrounded by water

The vineyards of Southwestern Ontario cover over 500 acres situated in a favoured microclimates along the north shore of Lake Erie in Essex, Kent and Elgin counties, except that part of Kent county lying to the north of the Thames River. The grape growing area stretches along the bow-shaped shoreline of Lake Erie from Amherstburg to Leamington, with a further concentration of vineyards around the town of Blenheim to the east. Soil structures vary from gravely loam to clay and sandy loam. With southern exposure complemented by the moderating effect of the lake, this Viticultural Area produces some of Canada's finest wines.

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Aleksander Estate Winery

1542 County Road #34
Ruthven, ON, NOE 2G0.

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A family owned winery located on the North Shore of Lake Erie, in Southwestern Ontario they produce grape and fruit wines from their own estate vineyards. Aleksander (Alex) Bemben is the founder, The winery focuses on making small batch, high quality wines that capture and reflect the characteristics of each vintage.

The Events room boasts a rustic chic feel with a view of the vineyards ideal for rehearsal dinners, small weddings and receptions, birthday and graduation parties, corporate meetings, baby and wedding showers, fund raisers, charity events, and family gatherings. 

Aleksander (Alex) Bemben and his wife Genowefa (Genny) are the owners. Their daughter is the winemaker. Izabela (Bemben) Muzzin is a grape grower, winemaker, sommelier but wine enthusiast first and foremost.  She grown up in the Lake Erie North Shore wine industry and has been involved with, and studying wine from a young age.

Aleksander (Alex) Bemben is the Father Bear’ at the winery, Alex is a winemaker and founder of Aleksander Estate Winery. A creative and talented woodworker and metal fabricator to boot, Alex has produced many of the tanks and equipment used at Aleksander Estate Winery.  

The five acre vineyard is home to five grape varieties including Riesling, Vidal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin. They also make Fruit wines.

Winemaker: Izabela (Bemben) Muzzin
Philosophy: Our approach is to go above and beyond, not only in the practice of our wine making but also in the services we provide to you, our customers. 



Black Bear Farms of Ontario Estate Winery Inc

1137 County Road 20 West
Kingsville, ON N8H 1S8


This fruit winery is located in Essex County on the western edge of Kingsville.  A family owned and operated winery located on the family farm of Jerome and Madeline Rondelez and their three children Jerome, William, and Michelle. There are two reasons for the name first, the family had a loyal family black dog named Bear, the farm and winery were named after him.   Second, bears love berries and they specialize in growing berries on their 83 acre farm which includes strawberries, all different kinds of raspberries, black currants, blueberries and more!

They opened our winery doors on December  14, 2008 and five months to the day they opened William was receiving a gold medal at the 2009 All Canadian Wine Championship for Papa’s Special  Reserve and a bronze medal for Purple Raspberry. 

Winemaker: William Rondelez
Philosophy: By knowing first the fruits and berries with the family’s farming experience and the different characteristics of the different varieties of fruit that brings out the taste we can put that essence into the bottle.



Blueberry Hills Estate Winery

1195 Front Road
St Williams, ON NOE 1P0.


Located in beautiful Norfolk County, just minutes from Simcoe, Port Dover and the beach getaway of Turkey Point,
A family (Vranckx family) owned fruit winery. Their wines are called Canada Blue Wines and Spirits. Making grape and fruit wines.

The corporate symbol is the Inukshuk; Inukshuk are stone monuments erected in the image of man. They are traditional Inuit landmarks created in Canada's Arctic where there are no trees and few distinguishing land features to help guide travelers. This symbol reads "I have been here before and you are on the right path." The stones of an Inukshuk are secured through balance as is the human spirit

Winemaker:  Nick Vranckx
Philosophy: lets the fruit express its true character with minimal intervention in the cellar.




Colchester Ridge Estate Winery

108 Country Road 50
Harrow, ON N0R 1G0


The winery is located in Essex County, Ontario, and is part of Ontario’s Lake Erie North Shore appellation. The vineyard boasts 12 acres of vines, consisting of vinifera varietals. They opened our doors in July, 2006 and have since been graced with many prestigious awards. - The winery is situated on Colchester Ridge which contributes to the name Colchester Ridge Estate Winery. The acronym is CREW and the silhouette of the sail boat is appropriate.

Owners Bernard Gorskip and Nancy Gorski have 42 acres a short distance from the lake 12 of these acres are currently producing grapes. Signature wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Gewürztraminer


Winemaker: Bernard Gorski
Philosophy: Make the best wine each year. Take your time and do it right.

 



Colio Estate Wines


1 Colio Drive
Harrow, ON

Colio Winery


Situated in the Lake Erie North Shore region near Harrow, Ontario, their dream began in 1980.Colio Estate Wines received the first winery license granted in Southwest Ontario following prohibition.

Today the winery is known around the world having received over 200 awards of achievement. They produce over 400,000 cases of wine. Winemaker Carlo Negri was a leader in planting the vinifera vines having confidence in the soil and microclimate of the Lake Erie North Shore. In 2005, Carlo was presented with the “Winemaker of the Year” award at the Ontario Wine Awards and the “Tony Aspler Cuvée Award of Excellence” for his commitment to his craft

Kevin Donohue, Vineyard Manager presides over the 200 acres of pristine vineyards in Colchester, Ontario and the 21 prime acres of vineyards the company holds in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Winemakers: Allison Christ,
Philosophy: To produce dry wines which not only are Italian in style but also coincide with all major wine-producing countries. To be proud of our entire production.



Cooper's Hawk Vineyards

1425 Iler Road
Harrow, ON N0R 1A0



Located on 67 acres of land just east of Harrow, Ontario, in the Essex Pelee Island Coast Owed by the O'Brien and Meloche Families The name comes from the numerous hawks that fly over the vineyard and their dad worked for PriceWaterhouse Coopers who make wine barrels.

Two large ponds on the property teem with life of the local ecosystem, including turtles and bullfrogs whose songs on warm summer nights are relaxing and true to the vitality of the region. They have have partnered with Ducks Unlimited to restore a wetland on the property.  An observation deck is being constructed to provide guests with a view of the area.   They have also planted thousands of native trees on site and have installed solar panels near the entrance of the winery.

The vineyards are planted with Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Vidal and Merlot

Winemaker:
ADAM GRAHAM.
Philosophy: The aim is a destination winery, comfortable for foodies and families to visit, explore, sip and sample. The approach is a winery venture compatible with its surroundings, a picturesque setting with its wide open vista of vines on a gentle slope to the Iler Road.



Early Acres Estate Winery

9494 Pioneer Road
Chatham, ON


Perhaps been more inland disqualifies them from been in the lake shore region. They have seven plus acres of grapes on sandy loam soil They grew grapes for years before making their own wines. Sue and Mike Korpan are the owners. Their daughter and son,  Kristen and Bryce also work at the winery.

The Korpans are firm believers of supporting their local community and said the Municipality of Chatham-Kent economic development office has been supportive in bringing small events to their venue. Early Acres Estate Wines is licenced to sell wine by the glass to be enjoyed outdoors in the vineyard.





Erie Shore Vineyard


410 County Road 50 West,
RR 3 Harrow, ON N0R 1G0

Harvey and Elma

Erie Shore Vineyard is a family run estate winery, owned and operated by Harvey and Alma Hollingshead and their two sons, who specialize in 100% estate grown VQA wines. The winery is just 600 meters from Lake Erie, the area is ideally suited for the production of world class grapes and wine. Located south of the town of Harrow making it Canada's most southern winery. The first vines were planted in 1997, and over 15 acres of European varieties are now established. In 2012 an additional ten acres will be planted. Harvey and Alma opened a wine juice business in 2001, offering juice to the areas home-based Winemaker's. In December 2002 they opened their winery offering 7 inaugural vintages.

Winemaker: Harvey Hollingshead.

Philosophy:
Great wines do not happen by accident. Serious winemaking starts in the vineyard. It continues through harvest, fermentation and cellaring, All practices whether in the vineyard or the winery are focused on one solitary goal- the best possible wine achievable



Hound of Erie Winery

Clear Creek, Ontario


The Hounds of Erie founded in 2015, the winery/cidery is owned and operated by winemaker Mat Vaughan and family. The winery/cidery specializes in hand crafted very small batch premium wines and ciders.The Hounds’ first release was its national award winning hard cider called Top Dog hard cider in December 2015.

The journay began in 2012, when Kitchener residents Mat and Melissa Vaughan purchased a 23-acre former tobacco farm in beautiful Clear Creek, ON Between 2012 and 2017, the orchard has slowly been expanded to now include 21 different types of heritage hard cider apples. 

the vineyard includes Frontenac Blanc (own root) – Planted 2014,Marquette (own root) – Planted 2014 Petite Pearl (own root) – Planted 2015

In 2016 they partnered with a local apiary called Hunt’s Honey, housing approximately 20 hives within the vineyard/orchard. Besides providing a supply of local honey, the bees play a critical role in the orchard for pollination purposes. 

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Mastronardi Estate Winery

1193 Road 3 East
Kingsville, ON N9Y 2E5


 

Mastronardi Estate Winery established in 2006, is nestled in the heart of Essex County. Owners, Eadie and Tony Mastronardi, along with winemaker Lyse Leblanc are dedicated to growing exceptional grapes and producing high quality VQA wines.

The 100 acre vineyard, originally planted over 25 years ago during the revival of wine production in Southern Ontario, produces 18 varietals of Vinifera. The vines thrive amongst 1000 + acres of vineyards in Southwestern Ontario, located along a peninsula that wraps around the north shore of Lake Erie. The moderating effect of the climate is ensured by the warm waters of Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, which surround this peninsula. It is the location along the 42nd north parallel (similar to that of French Riviera, Mendecino, California, Tuscany Italy and southern France) that gives Lake Erie North Shore the highest accumulation of heat units in Ontario each summer. This lake effect along with abundant sunshine results in the high sugars and ideal acid levels of each varietal. Therefore, an earlier harvest is common.

Wines produced include Zweigelt, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio and award winning blends. Their Vidal Icewine 2004 won International Gold at 2007 Sélections Mondiales des Vins


Winemaker: Karl Lonsbery



Meadow Lane Winery

R.R. 3,
St. Thomas, ON


Owned and operated by the Myszko family Meadow Lane Winery Ltd. is a charming country winery located east of St. Thomas. The winery is situated on a 45 acre farm, the farm has a tranquil meadow nestled among the timbers as well as some woodlands at the further most edge of the property Walter is the winemaker.

Winemaker: Walter Myszko




Muscedere Vineyards


7457 County Rd 18
Harrow, ON


Owned by the Muscedre family located on a picturesque 163-acre farm, with 83 acres of natural forest on the Greenway Trail.

In the spring of 2002, Fabio and Rob's dream of creating a winery started to take shape – land was prepared for planting. Drainage tiles were installed to coincide with the centre of each row, the land was levelled and sloped to allow for proper drainage of surface water and the first ever wind machine in the region was installed.

Finally, planting time arrived! In the spring of 2003 the first four-acres were planted with the trilogy of Vidal, Riesling and Cabernet Franc. Followed by an acre of Pinot Noir in 2004, and seven-acres of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc in 2005. The final acre dedicated to the two Northern Italian varieties used to make Barolo wines, Barbera and Nebbiolo, was planted in 2008.

Winemakers: Roberto Muscedere Melissa Muscedere – Assistant Winemaker
Philosophy: At Muscedere Vineyards we believe that wines are made in the vineyard from meticulous vineyards techniques. We believe in small hand-crafted lots that allow us to treat each variety in each vintage with the utmost of attention and care to ensure true varietal character in each wine we release. Our commitment to quality is evidenced in our final products.




North 42 Degrees

130 County Road 50 E
Colchester, Ontario
N0R 1G0


The winery with 17.5 acres of vineyards opened in 2012 and is owned by Martin Gorski and Suzanne Dajczak. Both have farming backgrounds Martin is a third generation winemaker. He is trained as a Microbiologist and earned a Master of Science in Molecular Biology. Martin has recently completed his Enology program at Washington State University.

In 2008, they planted the vineyard with Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Cabernet franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.


Winemaker: Jan Schulte-Bisping.
Philosophy : the belief that great wine is made in the vineyard. We believe that wine, as well as life's moments, are meant to be shared with family and friends.



 

Paglione Estate Winery

726 County Road 50
East Harrow, ON

 
 

Paglione Estate Winery is nestled in 40 acres of land with 10 acres of vines along the shores of Lake Erie in the Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) wine region in Harrow, Ontario. The winery is owned by Sam and Nancy Paglione. They produce wines in small batches, fermented with indigenous yeast using natural, old-world Italian methods.

Founder – Santino (aka Sam) Paglione came to Canada from Italy when he was ten years old. A successful business man,Sam’s first entrepreneurial pursuit was in 1970 at 24 years of age, when he built a variety store and small take-out restaurant called the Frosty Treat at the marina in Kingsville, Ontario. Sam’s wife then ran the store and restaurant, taking care of their 2 children, while he moved on to his next venture – getting his construction company off the ground; later known as Santal Homes Ltd.

Sam's work includes some of the most architecturally significant buildings in the region, such as the Pelee Island Winery, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, the refurbished King’s Hotel, and most recently Paglione Estate Winery (2013). Sam has passed on now and his wife and children continue the winery.

In June 2013, that dream became a reality and Paglione Estate Winery opened its doors to the public. Nestled on the crest of a hill, the Winery – an old-world, Tuscan-style masterpiece, complete with clay tile roof, stone façade, and turret 

 

 

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Oxley Estate

533 County Road 50
Harrow, Ontario,
Canada N0R 1G0

 

Located in the historic hamlet of Oxley on the Lake Erie North Shore. The winery is owned by Ann Neydon Wilson and Murray Wilson. They purchased the land (then a vegetable farm) called Oak Bluff in 2010.

The first grapes were planted with the help of the crew from Colio Estate Wines and equipment from Viewpointe Estate Winery in May and June 2010. The first release wines were made from an older vineyard he old Euro Nursery and Vineyards property on the 3rd Concession north of Harrow

The grow rate of their own vineyard was surprising and they harvest and produced wine from them in the second year. The Wilsons set about buying and borrowing an odd assortment of tanks and a small press, ready to have “a practice year”

In 2012 they scrambled to renovate the 1920 barn into the winery retail store and event centre (“The Barn at Oxley”), reluctantly taking off the old, weathered wood siding and putting on new red cedar. They purchased some additional land and now have 38 Acres

on their 30 acres thy grow Riesling, Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Bianca, Hibernal, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir, Oxley recently added the German wunderkind, Regent - a fruity, light-bodied red - and the three sustainable varieties developed specifically for colder region, still known as HG-01, HG-03 and HG-04 (good to know: HG stands for Harrow Graft). These grapes are sustainable because they can usually survive a period of frigid temperatures, require significantly less spray than the traditional vitis vinifera varieties, ripen fully and can be harvested early in the season before the fall rains. That appeals to us… we can rely on getting a crop of delicious grapes and use much less chemical spray.

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Pelee Island Winery


455 Seacliff Drive (County Road #20), Kingsville, Ontario
Canada N9Y 2K5



The winery was established in 1979. Walter Strehn of Deutschkreutz, Austria. A larger than life character by all accounts, stepped onto the path that Thaddeus Smith had laid. The Strehn family was in the wine making business in Austria and Walter was looking to start a winery of his own in Canada. It was through a mutual friend, George Piller, who knew about Pelee Island and its wine-making history that led Walter to investigate the potential of starting his winery there. After scouting around and comparing the Niagara region to the Lake Erie shore and to Pelee Island, Mr. Stehn went ahead and bought land on the Island of Pelee in autumn of 1979.

They were among the first if not the first to produce an Icewine in Ontario

Pelee Island Winery has over 550 acres of Vineyards and believes that to produce the best wines you also have to grow the best grapes. The Island provides a very unique microclimate and natural environment. Pelee Winery hired viticulturists Bruno Friesen, to maintain the natural balance of the island. Today Pelee Island Winery is located on the mainland having moved to Kingsville in 1982

The Pelee vineyards located on the Island comprise the largest private estate in Canada. It is the most Southern winery in Canada. They played a key role in the early development of Canada's icewines . A Pavilion was opened on the Island in 1991.

With heat units and frost free days unmatched anywhere else in Canada, the island is the natural destination for vinifera grape growing. Varietals grown on the island include:

White: Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Vidal, Pinot Gris, Seyval Blanc

Red: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Chambercin, Gamay, Zweigelt,

Average crush: 250 tons per day
Maceration: 500 tons
Fermentation and storage capacity: 5 million Litres
Barrel aging: 500 plus- barriques (French, Hungarian and American
Oak cask capacity: 140 thousand Litres
Bottling: 2000 – 2500 cases per day

Our winemaking philosophy is to combine our extensive oenological and viticulture skills with our significant estate vineyards located in the most favoured climatic grape-growing region in Canada and to produce quality wines to reflect the appellation of Pelee Island .

Winemaster: Walter Schmoranz
Winemaker: Martin Janz. Assistant Winemaker: Tim Charisse

Distribution: Hong Kong United Kingdom , Scotland , England , Wales and Northern Ireland , Holland , Taiwan , Malaysia , Philippines , China and USA ( Vermont, Ohio and Michigan)



Quai Du Vin Estate Winery

45811 Fruit Ridge Line RR #5
St.Thomas, ON N5P 3S9



Rob Quai and his wife Lisa operate this 20 acre winery in Elgin County 5 km from Lake Erie. The location doesn't quite fit into the other wine regions however, in the mid 1970's Redi Quai planted a vineyard. His son Roberto and his wife, Lisa, opened the doors of the winery in 1990.

Quai du Vin produces over 90,000 bottles per year and celebrated its "Millionth Bottle" in July, 2002.

Their philosophy is to produce good quality wines at reasonable prices using simple winemaking techniques.
They work hard doing it themselves. They also produce wine jellies.

Winemaker: Jamie Quai
Philosophy: I want to craft wines that people enjoy drinking, within the boundaries of the Ontario wine industry, and within the breadth of my own philosophies on what makes a great wine.

My own philosophy on winemaking stems from a belief that wines should play a supporting role in the experiences of your life: they should compliment your favourite meals, they should help bring friends together, and a great wine accentuates that romantic evening you've been planning!

 



 

Sanson Estate Winery

9238 Walker Rd RR1
McGregor ON N0R 1J0

 

The winery is owned by professional chef Dennis Sanson and his partner Maureen Jacks. The winery opened in 2002 with three hectares primarily growing Vidal and Baco Noir

Winemaker: Dennis Sanson
Philosophy: Wine grown “gently in our backyard to be enjoyed in yours”




Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery

7258 Heritage Road
County Rd. 50 W
Harrow, ON N0R 1G0


The dream of Gord Mitchell (President), his wife Hannah (CFO ) came true as they opened the doors to their winery in December 2006. They originally purchased the land in 1975 taking five years to make it vineyard ready. The vineyards were planted in 1991, the first 3 acres by hand. The grapes were sold to Colio and Pelee Island for years. As Gord and Hannah worked on building the winery daughter Tanya began training as a winemaker working in France, Australia and the Niagara region. In 2003 they started building the winery. Gord, a retired Daimler Chrysler plant manager, designed, and framed most of the buildings. Today a magnificent two story structure overlooks a 35 acre vineyard and Lake Erie.

This is a true family affair with sons  Stephen (Sales) and Jake (Media), daughters Marlaina (Finance) and Tanya (Winemaker). Family members use their background experience and education to contribute to the success of the winery.

Signature wines : Merlot and Cab Sauvignon

Winemaker
: Tanya Mitchell
Philosophy: To produce a range of premium and ultra premium wines appealing to a wide consumer group




Viewpointe Estate Winery

County Rd. 20
Harrow  ON  N0R 1G0


The work of producing fine quality wines began in the 2000 under co-owners and brothers Stephen and John Fancsy; the first vintage was in 2001. Viewpointe Estate Winery is made up of three parcels of land that produce a variety of vines, each influenced by the nature of its geography. When mature, the combined 42 acres produce 12,000 to 14,000 cases. At capacity, the production will be 25,000 cases. The location has conditions favourable to high quality wine grape production (soil and climate) as well as a breathtaking vista situated within a well recognized viticultural area. The winery provides a breath taking view of the lake and comprises a culinary venue (instruction) and rental hall.

Wine and Liesure.com wrote The winery is one of the most significant facilities in North America and is beautiful to look at. Proprietor John Fancsy has crafted a location, winery facility and wines that are second to none

Winemaker:John Fancsy.
Winemaking Philosophy: To express the best features of our fruit from each of our three vineyards

Wine style:
Red: Dry Bordeaux stylingWhite: Fresh and fruity some early to market, others with a minimum of 4 years to release and a few in between



Wagner Orchard and Estate Winery

1222 Lakeshore Rd 103 
Lakeshore, ON

Wagner Orchards and Estate Winery began with the first planting of apple trees in 1986. Beginning as a small "pick-your-own" farm, it has expanded to become a family agricultural destination. The proprietors of Wagner Orchards are Harold and Janice Wagner. Harold is a 1981 graduate of the University of Guelph with a degree in agriculture and Janice is a veterinarian (OVC 1984) and owner of the Essex Animal Hospital. Harold and Janice, along with their children, Matt, Melissa and Katrina operate the farm.

They are located north of Lake Erie shore close to Lake St Clair.

Log House Red - Their first red wine, Log House Red is a smooth blend of Gamay and Zweigelt Grapes. They produce white and blush wines along with 4 fruit dessert wines They also produce a hard cider

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