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Prince Edward County, Ontario Wineries

Yesterday was the last day of our delightful visit to Prince Edward County wineries. These wineries are located along the beautiful Lake Ontario. When you make plans to visit these wineries be sure to search for Prince Edward County, not the renowned Prince Edward Island.

The wine growing in Prince Edward County is a relatively new phenomenon and growing quickly. The oldest wineries and vineyards started 11 or 12 years ago and the number of wineries has increased to more than 30. Some wineries are within sight of each other while others can take 10 to 30 minutes on the average to drive.

Wineries are quite small with one of the largest producing about 15,000 cases each year. Many are in the 1,000 to 5,000 case range.

The wineries have several similarities. Many receive some benefit from being near Lake Ontario that modifies the climate for the vineyards. Most wineries are focused on growing vinifera varieties. These varieties cannot survive severe cold weather and so the vast majority of vineyards cover the vines with soil for the winter months. Winemakers are also intent upon creating wines that showcase Prince Edward County wines.

Our visit to Prince Edward County was a marathon of winery visits. Usually we visit two or three wineries and can write articles during the evenings. While in Canada we visited on the average four wineries a day, which left little time to write and proofread articles. We are taking the writing in stride and will begin publishing articles over the next week.
Keep watching our Winery Reviews section frequently.

If you have the opportunity to visit Prince Edward County, enjoy the wineries, views of the scenic Lake Ontario, and small towns atmospheres.

Have fun planning a trip to Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Cheers! Kathy

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