Posted by DebbieWednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Prince Edward County is Canada’s fastest growing wine region. Not to be mistaken with Prince Edward Island, ‘The County’ as it is commonly referred to, is only a three hour drive from downtown Ottawa. In the heart of The County, the quaint Loyalist town of Picton boasts restaurants, inns, shops, Sandbanks Provincial Park and most importantly 25+ wineries await your visit. It is no wonder that, ‘The County’ is a perfect day trip or weekend getaway.
The County is coming to the City!
No need to wait for the summer to discover The County since over 15 wineries (both large operations & small family run wineries) are coming to Ottawa on May 9thto give you a ‘taste’ of what is in store when you visit their property. This is the first time that the wineries have come together to host a wine tasting event of this magnitude in Ottawa. Rest assured that anyone (wine enthusiasts and novices alike) can attend to meet the winery owners & winemakers to learn more about their winery, their vineyards … and, of course, sample their best wines. More info about this special wine tasting event on www.countyinottawa.evenbrite.com
Take note that the wines from Prince Edward County have been quickly making an impression. Internationally renown wine writer, Matt Kramer of Wine Spectator Magazine, named Norman Hardie’s Prince Edward County Chardonnay VQA 2008 as one of his top wines of 2011: “This is a truly great Chardonnay of compelling character.” And Kramer has MANY wines from around the world to choose from to make his annual top wine list. While this Chardonnay was singled out, there are several other Whites, Reds and even Roses that are turning heads.
At this event, it is your turn to be impressed. And you can buy your favourite wine too. Most of The County wineries have small inventory, so their wines are not stocked on the LCBO shelves. When The County comes to the City, you can order any combination of your favourite wines directly from the winemakers to be delivered straight to your home or office.
The #1 reason to go to The County... Terroir Wine Festival
Hop in the car & join Savvy Company & many other wine enthusiasts on Saturday May 26th to celebrate the wines of Prince Edward County at Terroir - A County Wine Celebration. Sip, savour & graze around the historic Crystal Palace from 12pm – 8pm meeting winemakers & taking in seminars hosted by Savvy Company, winemakers & other wine personalities showcasing wines, cheeses & food in The County. Tickets $35 in advance ($40 at the door). We look forward to seeing you there!
Hop on our bus! We are working on a roundtrip bus package from Ottawa. Interested? Email us to receive info as soon as it is ready.