Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (1) some leading Ontario Chardonnays

I’ve just come back from the i4C (Ontario’s Cool-Climate Chardonnay Celebration) where I tasted a lot of Chardonnay. These are my notes on some of the Ontario Chardonnays I tried.

Leaning Post The Fifty Chardonnay 2017 Niagara Peninsula, Canada
Textured and ripe with nice citrus and spice notes. Has nice freshness and some depth, with a mealy […]

Okanagan (2) Time Winery

Time is an urban winery located in downtown Penticton, and it opened its doors in summer 2018. Previously, was located in Oliver in the south of the Okanagan, where it had 60 acres of vines in a beautiful setting. This setting appealed to the well-heeled Richter Bai when he was deciding where to put […]

Canada's Okanagan Valley hits London

High-end London department store Selfridges has just listed a bunch of wines from Canada’s Okanagan Valley. Chief buyer, Terry Threlfall, hails from British Columbia, so it’s nice to see him supporting his own crew. As someone who has spent a lot of time getting to know Canada’s wine regions, I think this is an exciting […]

Okanagan (1) Sage Hills and Keenan

Sage Hills is a relatively new Okanagan winery. The vineyard, beautifully situated on a lake-facing hill in Summerland, was purchased by Vancouver property developer Rick Thrussell in 2006. At the time, it was a rather run-down apricot farm that had been abandoned for a decade, and Rick planted 7 acres of vines on the site, […]

Prince Edward County, Ontario (12) Karlo Estates

In 2006 Richard Karlo and Sherry Martin planted the first vines at Karlo Estate, a property they’d bought the previous year. They planted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Frontenac Blanc. They released their first wines in 2008 and built a winery in 2010. The vineyard area expanded to 14 acres (the property is 93 acres), but […]

Prince Edward County, Ontario (13) Traynor Family Vineyard

Mike Traynor

Mike Traynor is the owner/winemaker of this 1000 case operation, Traynor Family Vineyard. He has 5.5 acres of vines, which supply 70% of his needs. He doesn’t destem anything: the wines are either whole-cluster pressed or fermented with whole bunches.

Traynor Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Prince Edward County, Canada
Pithy and bright with nice fresh citrus […]

Prince Edward County, Ontario (11) Hubbs Creek

Hubbs Creek is a small winery based on a 5 acre vineyard with high density plantings, with the first vines going into the ground in 2002, and planting continuing until 2010. Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are the focus here.

Battista Calvieri, assisted by his brother Bruno, makes the wines at a small winery on […]

Prince Edward County, Ontario (10) Grange of Prince Edward

Caroline Granger

The Grange of Prince Edward is one of the larger players in the County with 60 acres of vineyard, and they make only estate wines.

Vineyards at the Grange

Limestone-rich soils

‘The project took on a life of its own,’ says Caroline Granger. She returned to the family farm (her parents had bought it […]

Prince Edward County (9) Morandin

Chris Morandin’s family roots are in Italy’s Veneto, but he decided to start a winery where his wife hails from: Prince Edward County. In 2009 he bought a 33 acre property, which is currently planted with 5 acres of vines – they plan to plant more. It’s called the Sangreal Estate Vineyard. Winemaking is in […]

Prince Edward County (8) Lighthall

The winery, Lighthall

In 2008 Glenn Symons moved to Prince Edward County to make wine, buying the established Lighthall vineyard. He was previously a pharmacist based in Ottawa, but from his 8 acres of vines and his Quonset hut winery, he’s making some pretty smart wines. He also makes ewes milk cheese.

Lighthall Progression Sparkling Vidal […]