A sense of place is key when discussing wine. After all, chianti's name is derived from the region where it is made, and champagne isn't really champagne unless it originated in the historic French province. The same can be said for Prince Edward County's wine. Aside from their concentrated flavors, the designated viticultural area's nearly 40 wineries are united under the Prince Edward County WineGrowers Association. The organization helps its members with the arduous task of hilling and dehilling grapevines each year, but also finds time to celebrate that hard work.
Pinot noir and chardonnay grapes thrive in the county's climate. As a result, many of the organization's growers specialize in those varietals. Others, however, are more adventurous, crafting bottles of pino gris, gamay, baco noir, and cabernet franc.
Prince Edward County WineGrowers Association hosts three annual events. Spring brings with it the Terroir market, which showcases artisan food, handcrafted wine, and other unique products from local farmers. Each autumn, the association's Taste Community Grown festival honors Prince Edward County's finest local chefs, winemakers, craft brewers, and food producers. An to end the year, the area's winemakers gather with mulled wine and comfort food for a modern interpretation of Wassail, a celebration of the final harvest before winter.
Floating slides, trampolines, and wobbling islands transform the waters of Westlake into Westlake Willy Waterpark, where guests of all ages find a cool and fun respite from the summer sun. As visitors approach the beach, eyes move to a staircase that ascends to a platform 25 feet above the water, from which patrons plummet onto a gigantic blob, using their landing impact to launch a friend off of the other end of the pillowy inflatable in a mutually symbiotic relationship equalled only by teeter-tottering during a monsoon. Muscles weary from climbing the 15-foot iceberg slide can rest at the beach, where picnic tables, umbrellas, and grills facilitate picnics for those who brought their own snacks or purchased them at the lodge. Waverunners, pontoons, and fishing boats are available for rent, and the Waterpark sits near camping grounds for those hoping to enjoy a weekend in nature or prove, once and for all, that it is possible to start a bonfire without a flamethrower.
When naming their winery, John Sambrook and Geoffrey Webb searched for something more creative than just Prince Edward Winery. Instead, they took inspiration from a different Edward, the Black Prince. The eldest son of Edward III, the Black Prince was an accomplished commander in the Hundred Years' War, but more importantly, he ruled over Bordeaux, a region world-renowned for its wine. More than a decade after finding its namesake, the winery showcases the thriving viticultural landscape of Picton through a diverse selection of wines that, much like a maze-shaped community college, strives to be both complex and accessible. In addition to its eponymous line of award-winning varietals, the sprawling 10-acre Black Prince Winery partners with six vineyards in Prince Edward County to showcase other wines rich with regional character.
At Bailey's Casual Dining, Chef Scott Brindley creates dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner using local, freshly harvested ingredients. Mornings rely heavily on eggs with three-egg omelets, eggs benedict, and fried-egg sandwiches. Lunch introduces deli sandwiches such as BLTs, tuna melts, and gravy smothered hamburgers side-kicked by hand-cut fries. Dinner satisfies taste buds with bacon-wrapped sea scallops, grilled Atlantic salmon, and baby-back ribs rubbed with sweet pepperberry and drizzled in a maple barbecue sauce.
Just a stone's throw from the shores of Lake Ontario—where views of the water can be seen beyond the rows of grapes—a cool breeze rustles the leaves of the grapes that thrive at Keint-He Winery & Vineyards. Along the rows, pinot noir, chardonnay, and melon de bourgogne grapes thrive in the sun, emulating the conditions of the central Burgundy region of France, which inspires all the winery's varietals. Densely planted, the vineyards stretch across 28 acres, and the result is a grape that crafts well-balanced but intriguing wines.
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