Ontario Wine Regions

South Georgian Bay



Located north of Tornoto on Lake Huron's east side you will find Georgion Bay. Often referred to as the sixth Great Lake, Georgian Bay features more than 30,000 islands and 2,000 kilometres of shoreline. The area includes Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Beaver Valley & Wasaga Beach. Three wineries are emerging from this new region, Coffin Ridge, halfway between Meaford and Owen Sound, has been selling wine for a few years now. Carrick Wines, further to the west on Highway 9 between Walkerton and Mildmay, is located on the rolling hills inland from Lake Huron and has been selling wine since 2010. Georgian Hills Vineyards, a few kilometres south of Thornbury, opened its doors to ... the public in summer, 2011

This is a true cold climate wine region with long warm summers but cold wineters requiring hardy grape varietals such as L'Acadie Blanc, Geisenheim 318, Frontenac Gris, La Crescent, Prairie Star, and Auxerrois for white and Marquette, Baco Noir, Marechal Foch, Leon Millot Frontenac, and Pinot Noir the reds



Four Wheels Farm and Winery



2nd Street Estate Winery

36594 Huron Road
Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0

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A couple from Manitoba had a dream to open a winery. When opportuinty present itself they moved fromWinnipeg, o London in June of 2008 fo complete medical residency at Western University. 

Falling in love with the Huron County they searched and found property to start their winery. After three years of trying to find the right property, the perfect location presented itself: 45 acres with 3 buildings that could work as a home, storage and retail. The property was in desperate need of being cleared, as it had been left fallow for the past 30 years. Weeds, Sumac and large trees had taken over. After spending the first two summers fighting back nature, it was ready for planting. In 2016, 5 different variety of vines: Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir, Vidal, Chardonnay and Reisling were planted. In 2017 they started construction of the winery.

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Coffin Ridge Winery

590070 2nd Concession North RR#1
Annan, ON N0H 1BO


Situated north of Toronto near Lake Huron; close to Owen Sound

The boutique winery overlooks the crystal blue water of Georgian Bay. In the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment sits Grey County's first winery, Coffin Ridge. They small batch wine made primarily from grapes grown from hand planted, hand picked Grey County grapes. Coffin Ridge's three signature wines: Into The Light White, Back From The Dead Red and Resurrection Rose express the Grey County terroir exquisitely. The winery is owned by Neil Lamont

Winemaker: Steve Byfield


Corner Field Wine co

74444 Bluewater Highway
Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0


A family owned winery Adam Durand his wife Carrie and three children. The vineyards was planted in 2015 with the winery opening in 2019, The winery sits on the corner of a farm that's been part of the Bayfield area for over 175 years, and part of the Durand Family for nearly 40 years. With fertile, well-worked soil and a unique environment in which to grow, their winery focuses on traditional winemaking with a family-first approach. 

The Huron County terroir is famous for it's rolling hills and valleys, and natural bodies of water, that create promote a bevy of wildlife, excellent drainage, natural irrigation and defense against damaging winds and harsh, winter conditions.

Bayfield is located on the south east side of Lake Huron.

 


Four Wheels Farm

Creemore Hills


Located midway between Creemore Hill and Collingwood overlooking Georgia Bay. Featuring a hertige farm with a 125 year old barn were the Boutique winery is located. The winery is built in the lower level of a 125 year old barn over looking the vineyard. The owner is Chuck Magnot.

They produce icewine

They have planted 5.5 acres.

 

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Georgian Hills Vineyards

496350 Grey Road 2 PO Box 491
Blue Mountains,


The vineyards are located on Ravenna Bench over looking Georgian Bay (east shores of Lake Heron). The winery is owned by John Ardiel, Murray Puddicombe and Robert Ketchin. Their vision is to establish a grape growing region in the Georgia Bay area.

Testing for this area began in 1998, in 2004 they planted a 5 acre commercial vineyard on the west side of Beaver Valley.
In 2007 the Victoria Corners Estate Vineyard consisting of 12 acres was planted. The winery will specialize in cool climate grapes such as Alsace, Loire, Chablis and Northern Burgundy

Signature wines Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Gamay Noir, Marechal Foch and Vidal Icewine.

Winemaker: Lindsay Puddicombe
Philosophy: Looking for a local terroir style, minimalist approach, low yields focusing on cool climate grape varieties


Gleason Brook Winery

130466 Gleason Lake Rd
Wiarton, Ontario

 


Located near Wiarton a community in Bruce County, Ontario, at the western end of Colpoys Bay, an inlet off Georgian Bay, on the Bruce Peninsula. The community is part of the town of South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Georgian is part of Lake Huron in its south east corner.

Gleason Brook Winery is a small, family owned operation, producing wines from locally sourced grapes and the Niagara region. The vineyard is located on the “Dolomite Cap” of the Niagara Escarpment. Our wines are made in the natural style, containing only grapes and yeast for fermentation, with no added sulphites, clarifying agents, or chemical additives.

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Hoity Toity Cellars

1723 Highway 9
Mildmay, ON

 

Located in Bruce County , south of Lake Huron and northwest of Toronto. That precious region effewcted bu Lkae Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Huron. They produce both grape wines and cider.

Won Gold twice for their 66 Pick Up Dry cider

There's nothing fancy about us. We are just hard working farmers making artisan wines and craft ciders. We feel the wine/cider experience should be 'fun' for everyone.

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Thee Creemore Hills Winery

Nottawasaga, Ontario

 

 

Located in the Creemore Valley south of Georgian Bay.

 Only a decade or so ago, Catherine Morrissey was looking for land to plant a vineyard in Argentina. She had become interested in wine making and believed Argentina offered the best potential. Morrissey, who lives and works in Toronto, was familiar with Creemore, but it never struck her as a wine-producing region. Then she found this 49-acre farm property with a landscape that reminded her of Tuscany and thought, “maybe this land will work.”

Catherine and her partner, Stephen Loewy, contacted a professor of viticulture from Brock University who examined the property and suggested they could grow a hybrid grape recently developed through the University of Minnesota, which can tolerate winter temperatures well below zero. 

 

 

The Roost at Red Wing

415763 10th Line, RR1
The Blue Mountains, ON
N0H 1J0


Located on a picturesque hilltop in the heart of the Blue Mountains,near Ravenna, Ontario with stunning views of Georgian Bay and only 20 minutes from Collingwood and Thornbury. The winery is the fulfillment of a dream for husband-and-wife team Michael and Jessica Maish. Together the pair do everything from tending the vines to making the wine.

Jessica and Mike studied Enology and Viticulture, respectively, at Washington State University. 

The tasting room is located ina 19th century barn.

Winemaker: Michael and Jessica Maish
Philosophy


Thornbury Village Cidery

90 King St E
Thornbury

 

Owned by Provincial Beverage Company. The cidery is located in the mist of a 7,500 acre apple orchard. Thornbury Cider is their flagship product. The cidery is a state-of-the-art production facility that runs along the golden shores of Georgian Bay

They have won medals at the World Beer Championships for their cider.

Cidermaster: Doug Johnson


 Twin Pines Orchards, Cider House and Estate Winery

 8169 Kennedy Line
Thedford , Ontario

Twin Pines


Twin Pines is a 50 acre property located in Lambton Shores, Bosanquet Township in the County of Lambton. It is set on the sandy loam beach ridge (known as Fox Soil) between the shores of the old Lake Burwell and a limestone dolomite ridge. The land is rich with naturally occurring aquafirs and is perfect for growing fruit.  Joe Vansteenkiste and his wife Alma came across the property in 1966.

Even though the Vansteenkiste family has enjoyed over 47 wonderful years building the orchards and enhancing this beautiful property, it has only been 10 years since they have had the proud designation of "Estate Winery" A unique concept was born as both Mark and Mike Vansteenkiste, with the guidance of their father Joe, made plans to press and ferment specifically chosen varieties of hand-picked apples. 

At Twin Pines, you will find various hard ciders, Hammerbent Original, Hammerbent Red, Scrumpy, and Perry as well as Crack Willow (dry white wine), Ice Cider and Cyser.

Twin Pines is committed to taking care of the land that provides us with the food we eat. We realize that this pursuit is not just about growing good things to eat - it's about how to grow food in a better way; that is better for our health and for our earth. Twin Pines has reserved a portion of the farm that is completely grown without pesticides. Included in this pesticide-free area are vine crops such as pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, strawberries, nectarines, peaches and assorted varieties of apples. The remainder of the orchard is designated as an IPM orchard (Integrated Pest Management). Mark and Mike have been trained and certified to scout for both good and bad insects in the orchards and gardens, and as a result they can determine when they must use sprays to protect the apples, but more importantly, they are able to determine when spraying is not necessary. We are proud to work hard at maintaining this approach and philosophy of farming.

Winemaker: Mark and Mike Vansteenkiste

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