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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

Carrick Wines and Cidery Inc

1723 Highway 9
Mildmay, ON N0G 2J0

Aug 2013 name changed to
Hoity Toity Cellars



The first and currently the only winery in Bruce County. The winery is owned by Gary and Diane Fischer, they have been growing fruit for over 25 years. They opened the winery recently with the goal to develop very unique wines representing their terrior. The local area Carrick Township is very well known for cider production.

The focus is to create small batch, high quality wines and ciders that reflect the local heritage. As a small, boutique winery they strongly believe in sustainable farming. By using temperature controlled coolers and customized stainless steel tanks, Carrick Wines serves as a very energy efficient micro-winery. They have 23 acres 3 of apple trees, 18 grapes, 2 acres of Lavender

Signature wines: A stunning Fronenac Rose', a crisp Gris
Signature ciders - Gravel Run Cider - bronze winner at the 2012 GLINTCAP festival Michigan.

Winemaker: Gary Fischer
Philosophy: develop ciders and wines that reflect our small town rural environment



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


Four Wheels Farm

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


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.

They have planted 5.5 acres.

 

Winemaker:


Georgian Vineyards

496350 Grey Road 2
Ravenna, ON


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


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 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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