Sip, Savour, Tour and Taste in Ontario’s Southwest
Take Ontario’s longest growing season, add intense summer heat balanced by Lake Erie breezes and what do you get? A perfect breeding ground for amazing cool climate Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris, Merlot and more. Discover the eclectic mix of wineries in Ontario’s Southwest wine country.
Taste your way along the South Coast Wine Trail, home to seven outstanding wineries that are open to the public for tastings, tours and exciting events. Follow the trail from Simcoe in the east to St. Thomas in the west, and sample the region’s distinctive wines, wander the vineyards and indulge in the splendor of fine food and wine pairings.
Make your way through Essex Pelee Island Coast Wine Country (EPIC) and discover the many things to see and do along the way. Taste your way through several wineries on a guided trolley or cycling tour, create your own tasting itinerary using the EPIC Wine Route Map, and make sure to stop at a museum or art gallery on your route and finish with a sumptuous dinner and overnight stay at a unique B&B.
Ontario’s Southwest boasts over 30 wineries, each unique to it’s geographical location. When creating your own tasting itinerary, be sure to include:
- Pelee Island Winery: Canada’s largest estate-owned winery with approximately 600 acres of vineyards.
- Viewpointe Estate Winery: Located on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie’s North Shore, the winery offers a picturesque view of landscaped lawns and clear blue water.
- Burning Kiln Winery: This unique winery has repurposed and architecturally reconfigured the original state of the barn to pay homage to its past.
- Colio Estate Wines: Located in Canada’s southernmost wine region, this scenic winery offers tours that take you on a chronological journey through the winemaking process.
Story courtesy of www.ontariossouthwest.com.