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Sneak Peek: Ottawa Magazine wine writer David Lawrason provides the Eating & Drinking Guide with the 12 Prince Edward County wineries on his summer tour list. Order the Guide to read Lawrason’s top 60 wine recommendations for this season.
In 2013, some of the pioneering wineries of Prince Edward County will be harvesting their 10th vintage. Growth in the past decade, in terms of both the number of wineries and the range and proficiency of their wines, is nothing short of astounding.
Located just three hours south of Ottawa, the area has become the national capital’s backyard wine region — lucky us! Plan to visit or revisit this season, with fair warning that a one-day jaunt just won’t cut it. Here is an opinionated look at the must-visit wineries and what makes them interesting:
Casa-Dea Estates Winery (Greer Road, Hillier)
Thanks to Niagara-trained winemaker Paul Battilana, this little red-roofed winery is now making very good well-priced, crisp, and solid County classics such as pinot noir, chardonnay, franc, and riesling, as well as a delightful pink gamay-based sparkler called Dea’s Rose. La Pergola Restaurant on-site offers an Italian lunch menu.
Closson Chase Vineyards (Closson Road, Hillier)
Very serious and seriously complex, rich, creamy, and expensive chardonnays from County and Niagara vineyards are the signature of iconoclastic winemaker Deborah Paskus. Pinot noir is also a County leader, with the Churchside 2010 a personal favourite. Small, classy tasting room and art gallery.