Tuesday, April 28, 2009

An Explosion in the County

I received a news release from the Ontario Viticulture Association and decided to visit their site to see who has joined since the last time I visited. Looking at their members list I was shocked to see how many new wineries in Prince Edward County that were scheduled to open in the summer of 2009. I counted 12 wineries that had opening in summer 2009 brackets beside their name. They include Bloonfield Estate Winery, Del-Gatto Estates Bella Vineyards, Exultet Estates, Fieldstone Estate Vineyards, Half Moon Bay, Hillier Creek Estates, Hinterland Wine Company, Karlo Estates, Lacey Estates Vineyard and Winery, Lift Haus Winery, Red Tail Vineyard and The Old Third Vineyard.
My experience has been that saying that you will be open does not guarantee that you will be open. Having said that, if even only three quarters of the wineries open this summer there will be 9 extra wineries to visit in the County. There is a season's worth of filming here for me. I may be hard pressed to find the time to go to Niagara this year. We will see.

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