Wineries We Would Like to Know Better

Part Four - Ontario


Sugarbush Vineyards ~ Prince Edward County
Sugarbush Vineyards ~ Prince Edward County

Scotch Block Winery

Scotch Block is located in Halton near Toronto. They produce wines, ranging from dry fruit and grape wines, to ice and dessert wines. The name "Scotch Block Winery" was chosen as a tribute to the Scottish settlers who in 1820 were the first European immigrants to survey and settle in Esquesing Township, Halton County. 

Laurie and Bert Andrews along with their young children Angela, Kurtis and Valerie established Andrews Scenic Acresin 1980. In 1999 it was decided the berry, sweet corn and pumpkin farm would take the new and exciting challenge of being the first farm winery in the Region of Halton. 


Small Talk Vineyards

Formerly Stonechurch. The winery changed their name to Small Talk in 2013.

Another success story in Canadian wines located at Niagara-on the-Lake. The Hunse family began growing grapes in 1972, opening their winery in 1990. Stonechurch Vineyards was born out of a belief that good wine and good friends make a perfect pairing. A popular stop for bike tours. The winery is managed by Hank Hunse

A few years back the community was building a church of stone, construction was halted due to lack of funds. The landowner at that time mortgaged his land to pay for the building thus the name Stonechurch.

They also produce Shiny Apple Cider



Stanners Vineyard

Located in Prince Edward County with 7.5 acres. Stanners Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir won silver in the Intervin International Awards and was invited to represent Canada in the Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017 in Sydney Australia!

Stanners Vineyard is a family venture that began in 2003 with the purchase of a parcel of farmland near the village of Hillier. The winery was built in the summer of 2009, using the eco-friendly Straw Bale construction method for our barrel room, which offers excellent insulation for maintaining temperature equilibrium

The winery is dedicated to producing premium Pinot Noir. Father (Cliff Stanners) and son (Colin) work side by side with Cliff’s wife, Dorothy, while Colin’s wife, Mary, a professional artist, provides artistic direction.



Sugar Bush Vineyards and Winery

Small family ( Sally and Robert Peck) owned & operated vineyard and winery in the heart of  Prince Edward County. We produce 100% estate vinifera wines with lots of love and care.

They have 12 acres (5 hectares) of vines. We planted 8.5 acres (Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer) during 2002 and 2003.  They added 1.5 acres (Gewürztraminer and Viognier) in 2012, and 2 acres (Cabernet Franc, Riesling, and Viognier) in 2015.


Terra Estate Winery Inc

Located on the north shore of Consecon Lake in Prince Edward County.

Co-founders Ottavio Marchi and Bruno Tam were born to make wine.  They were engaged in vineyard and viticulture practices at a very young age on their families’ farms in the Friuli region of northern Italy. They came to Canada and planted vines in PEC in 2007. They worked the earth together thus the Italian name for earth Terra.

National Wine Awards of Canada 2016 - Riesling effervescent 2014

Tzafona Cellars

Is a producer of Kosher wines. The word Tzafona translates from Hebrew as Northern. The winery claims to be Ontario's first non-mevushal Kosher wine producer. Avraham Gislason is one of the owners.

Double Gold Medal at Terravino Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge

The wines of Tzafona Cellars are certified kosher by the COR, and Mehadrin Toronto.


Vankleek HillsVineyard

a small winery located off the beaten path east of Ottawa in Vankleek Hills.

 he vineyard has 4,500 plants on 5.5 acres-and, if placed end to end, the rows would stretch for 8 kilometers; growing Frontenac(red), Frontenac Gris(white) and Servengy (red).

Martin and Laurie Kral are the owners

Wagner Estate Winery

Wagner Orchards and Estate Winery began with the first planting of apple trees in 1986. Beginning as a small "pick-your-own" farm, it has expanded to become a family agricultural destination. The proprietors of Wagner Orchards are Harold and Janice Wagner.

Harold is a 1981 graduate of the University of Guelph with a degree in agriculture and Janice is a veterinarian (OVC 1984) and owner of the Essex Animal Hospital. Harold and Janice, along with their children, Matt, Melissa and Katrina operate the farm

located north of Lake Erie shore close to Lake St Clair.


Westcott Vineyards

Westcott Vineyards and Winery is a small, artisanal winery, located in Jordan, focused on hand-crafted chardonnay and pinot noir wine

Carolyn Hurst and her husband Grant Westcott started the adventure in 2006 acquiring the vineyards as a new chapter in their lives; a simple way to transition from very successful management consulting, senior civil servant and information technology backgrounds

This is part four in a series of Wineries We Would Like to Know Better. The series will take us through Ontario then later into British Columbia.

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