Norman Hardie’s winery is in the southwest corner of Prince Edward County about 2 hours from Toronto. Here there is a very distinct soil type called Hillier limestone. It is predominately dark clay littered with pieces of calcerous limestone ranging in size from small pebbles to large stones. This soil type, almost identical to Burgundy ’s Cote d’Or, is the key to the unique qualities to Norman ’s wines. Because of Prince Edward County ’s climate and soil, it is perfectly suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The owners are Norman Hardie and The Lennox King Family. Norman is the winemaker. He honed his wine skills around
the globe working as a Sommelier for the Four Seasons Hotel group for 6 years, 1 vintage in Oregon, 3 in Burgundy,
4 at Bouchard Finlayson in South Africa, 2 in Central Otago New Zealand, 2 In Santa Barbara, 4 in Prince Edward
County . He obtained his sommelier certificate at the University of Dijon.
Accoldaes have been recieved from some of the worlds best wine writers especially for the Chardonnay. Matt Kramer, of Wine Spectator, chose the 2008 County Chardonnay as one of his wines of the year. The World of Fine Wine 2013 Top rated North American Chardonnay.
Dan Trcka said The 2010 Norman Hardie Unfiltered Pinot Noir BEAUTIFUL to DIVINE
During the summer months (April through early December), the tasting bar is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm.From January through March, the tasting bar is open Monday through Saturday, from 11am to 5pm. We are closed on Sundays in January, February and March. One of the features of the winery is it wood burning Pizza Oven. Lunched is served on the Patio in the warmer months.
The wines can be found in fine restaurants and wine boutiques in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and New York.