This is not the typical region that you would expect to find grapes for wine production in Ontario, but it just so happens Georgian Hills Vineyards is thriving in the Beaver Valley. The location, products and staff exceeded all of our expectations were dying to go back again.
The snow in Ontario has melted so what better way to spend a bright sunny afternoon than to tour the local vineyards? And so this is what we did! We headed just a few minutes outside of the Blue Mountains to explore the Georgian Hills and to taste some local cuisine.
When we arrived we toured the property with Andrea where we learnt about the cultivation and production of the grapes. We were able to explore the warehouse where the grapes are fermented, drained and pressed. In total, their two sites produce over 30 tons of grapes, made up of European Vinifera varieties – Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, as well as popular French American Hybrids such as Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Maréchal Foch and Baco Noir. What makes this region so unique is its terror of soils and climate which influenced their wine style and flavour.
To get a taste of the wine we headed over to the Tasting Room where we sampled five different types: Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red and Dessert. What really caught our attention was the Baked Apple Frozen to the Core Dessert Wine- we couldn’t get enough of its sweet caramelized brûlée. Lauren served us and explained the wines and what you might serve it with. If you want to taste local wine with local foods spoil yourself with a Wine & Cheese Tray.
The Vineyards are open year around offering many seasonal activities for guests. There’s snowshoeing in the winter and outdoor tours in the spring and summer. We visited during a Birthday Party as well as a Wedding planning appointment.
This was our first time visiting a vineyard so we weren’t sure what to expect but we were genuinely impressed by the property and the friendly staff. On the off chance there’s no snow this would be a great weekend activity that we highly recommend.
Thanks to Georgian Hills Vineyards for welcoming My One Big Planet as a guest.