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Destination: Prince Edward County Wineries, Part Two

Our second day of exploring the wineries of Prince Edward County took us to four wineries a short drive from each other. By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery & Vineyard was a surprise right from the start. The drive to the parking area curved past vineyards and an 1800’s graveyard. This is the first graveyard next to vineyards that we have encountered after visiting hundreds of wineries. My reaction was, “I want to be buried here!” From the parking area, visitors stroll down a road past the graveyard, barns to an aged brick tasting room. This winery location has history and we enjoyed the wines on a deck outside the tasting room overlooking vineyards.

If you think that some tasting rooms aren’t very colorful, visit Sandbanks Estate Winery. A spectrum of color is everywhere from the flags along the street to the many lounging chairs around the tasting room and adjacent to the vineyards.            Inside the tasting room, bright colorful paintings decorate the walls. The tasting room has three tasting counters. This winery is family friendly. Purchase a glass of wine and spend some time in a colorful chair observing people and vineyards.

Our next stop was Keint-He Winery & Vineyards, a winery that specializes in Pinot Noir. We tasted two Pinots. The first was a 2007 that offered a red cherry aroma and taste with cedar notes and mineral hints. The second Pinot was a first for us. The Botrytis affected Pinot Noir was a beautiful amber color with a jammy fruit aroma and taste that had a suggestion of apricots.

Our last stop for the day was Rosehall Run. The tasting room is currently on the second floor and a new tasting room on the first floor is under construction and will open soon. The vineyards are lovely from the second floor deck adjacent to the tasting area. We toured the winery and cellar and noted there is room to grow.

We had a good day touring the wineries and look forward to the next day in Prince Edward County.


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