Local’s Guide to Wineries in PEC

February 11, 2022

Are you having trouble deciding which wineries to visit on your next Prince Edward County adventure?

With 35 wineries in Prince Edward County to choose from it can be hard to plan your itinerary. I’ve compiled our favorite PEC wineries (and asked a few of our wine expert friends) so that you can reference this post while planning your trip, or during your vacation, if you happen to find yourself with a free afternoon.

Below you will find a list of our favorite Prince Edward County wineries with contact information, opening times, and what to expect in terms of wine and atmosphere.

couple walking into Karlo Estates Winery

Karlo Estates

Website
Address | 561 Danforth Road, Wellington, Ontario, Canada, K0K 3L0
Phone | 613-399-3000
Email | info@karloestates.com
Hours |
Sundays — Thursdays: 12 PM to 7 PM
Fridays  & Saturdays: 12 PM to 9 PM 

Karlo Estates is the perfect stop on your Prince Edward County wine tour. With a classic red post and beam barn (constructed in 1805) and a quaint dry-stone bridge, you have plenty of options for your winery portrait. Offering both single-varietal bottlings and classic blends, Karlo Estates wines are produced in the old-world style, hand-harvested with extensive natural ferments and minimal intervention. You can find their wines in high-end restaurants across Ontario, but not at the LCBO – they sell out of every vintage each year. They offer vegan cheese and charcuterie boards to enjoy during your tasting. Karlo Estates was named one of Ontario’s Top 20 Wineries in 2021 by Vine Routes. 

bride and groom drystone bridge karlo estates winery

Trail Estate Winery

Website
Address | 416 Benway Road, Hillier Ontario, K0K 2J0 Canada
Phone | 647.233.8599
Email | info@trailestate.com
Hours | Daily 12-5 PM

One of our favorite spaces for wine-tasting, Trail Estate makes uncompromising, low-intervention wines. If you are an orange wine lover or just looking for something truly unique – this is your spot. Trail Estate Winery doesn’t operate as a wedding venue however we have the inside scoop that for the right couple who is eloping they are happy to offer wine and a view. This sounds like our favorite kind of low-key elopement.


Hinterland Wine Company

Website
Address | 1258 Closson Road RR#1 Hillier, Ontario, K0K 2J0
Hours | Daily, 11- 5 PM
Wine tasting by reservation only, book ahead online. 

Hinterland Wine Company offers sparkling wines exclusively.  A covered, open-air tasting room makes this winery the perfect stop, rain or shine. A clean, modern aesthetic, Hinterland stands out as a different kind of wine tasting experience in Prince Edward County. Each time we’ve visited it’s been nearly full, yet there is plenty of space to enjoy your surroundings.


view of vineyard at The Grange in Prince Edward County

The Grange of Prince Edward County

Website
Address | 990 Closson Rd, Hillier, ON
Phone | 613.399.1048
Hours | Daily, 12- 5 PM

RESERVATIONS: 
Cellar Door- No reservations 
Virtual Tastings- require reservations

SERVICES PROVIDED: 
– Take home tasting kits 
– Wine by-the-glass
– Pop-ups by Old Salt Cocktails
– Bottle shop 
– Virtual tastings

A family-run winery full of character, from the free-range chickens to the historic barn which houses the cellar and tasting room, The Grange is unique and inviting. The largest estate vineyard in Prince Edward County, The Grange produces 100% estate-grown wines. We’ve visited The Grange for date days, bachelorette picnics, and intimate weddings, this is one of our favorite wineries to photograph in Prince Edward County. 


Closson Chase Vineyards Inc

Website
Address | 629 Closson Road, Hillier, Ontario K0K 2J0
Phone | 613.399.1001
Email | info@clossonchase.com
Hours | 
Vineyard: Daily, 11- 6 PM
Au Verre by the Maran’s: Daily 12 – 5 PM

The iconic purple barn of Closson Chase is one of the most “instagrammable” places in the County. Beyond the barn, Closson Chase offers premium chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot gris. Using sustainable practices, Closson Chase creates wines that reflect the distinct soil and climatic variations of the year.  Closson Chase was one of three PEC wineries listed in Ontario’s Top Wineries 2021 by Vine Routes. For the foodies, be sure to check out Au Verre by The Marans – everything they create is simply delicious. 

The outdoor tasting space at Closson Chase Vineyard Prince Edward County

The Old Third

Website
Address | 251 Closson Road, Hillier, ON K0K 2J0
Phone | 613.471.0471
Email | info@theoldthird.com
Hours | 
Tasting Bar: Friday – Sunday 11-5 PM, Monday & Thursday 12-5 PM, Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Pasta Bar: Friday – Sunday: 12-4 PM

A gorgeous restored 1860s barn with plenty of windows with vineyard views, homemade pasta bar and unfiltered pinot noir, cabernet franc, and chardonnay – need I say more? Well in case you’re looking for another reason they also make a dry sparkling cider from local, golden russet apples.

No reservations for tastings or pasta bar – walk-ins only. Lots of seating outdoors. No indoor seating. Only groups of a maximum of 4 people are allowed. With no online buying options for wine, it looks like you’ll just have to visit in person. Trust us, you’ll love it.


Redtail Vineyards

Website
Address | 422 Partridge Hollow Road, Consecon ON K0K 1T0
Phone | 613.965.0893
Email | info@redtailvineyards.com
Hours | 
Sun. to Fri. 11 – 6 PM
Saturdays 10 – 6 PM

Redtail Vineyards produce classic rosé, pinot noir, and chardonnay primarily from grapes grown on their estate. They also produce a range of Alt wines which are more experimental in flavor, ranging from “polished and premium, to others more fun and frivolous” (Redtail Vineyards). Their production style is minimal intervention, focused on producing the best possible grapes from their vineyard. They have a new outdoor tasting room that looks out over their North Block vineyard. Reservations available through info@redtailvineyards.com


tasting room in red barn at hillier estate and winery

Hillier Creek Estates Winery

Website
Address | 46 Stapleton Road Hillier, Ontario K0K 2J0
Phone | 613.399.5114
Email | info@hilliercreekwinery.ca
Hours | Saturday 12- 4 PM

Hillier Creek Winery is unmistakable with its restored red barn (estimated to be 160 years old). The 30-acre vineyard grows Gamay, Vidal, and Baco Noir grapes. During the summer season, you can stop in for a wine tasting and wood-fired oven pizza. The grounds are beautifully manicured and the staff is very welcoming. Hillier Creek is also a wedding venue so check opening times before you visit.

Vineyard at Hillier Creek Prince Edward County

Rosehall Run

Website
Address | 1243 Greer Road, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0
Phone | 613.399.1183
Email | dylan@rosehallrun.com
Hours | Year-round, daily from 11 AM to 5 PM

Dan Sullivan was making wine in Prince Edward County before PEC was known as wine country. Rosehall Run was founded in 2001 and is known for “producing consistent and approachable pinot noirs, chardonnays and sparkling wines” – Vine Routes. Rosehall Run was one of Vine Routes Top 20 Ontario Wineries of 2021. Our favorite, the Pixie Rose is perfect for celebrations when only a sparkling rosé will do. 


view of Traynor Family Vineyard exterior Prince Edward County

Traynor Vineyard

Website
Address | 1774 Danforth Rd Hillier, ON K0K 2J0
Phone | 1.877.403.4224
Email | retail@traynorvineyard.com
Hours | Year-round, daily from 11 AM to 5 PM

Traynor Family Vineyards was established by Mike Traynor in 2008. They produce low intervention wines, on their 5.5-acre property in Hillier in the heart of Prince Edward County. Their open-air, covered spaces are perfect for enjoying a glass of wine in any weather. 

Inside tasting room at Traynor Family Vineyard, Prince Edward County
gardens and outdoor tasting space at Traynor Family Vineyard

exterior of tasting room at Waupoos Estate and Winery Prince Edward County

Waupoos Estate & Winery

Website
Address | 3016 County Road 8 Picton, ON K0K 2T0
Phone | 613-476-8338
Email | boutique@waupooswinery.com
Hours | Differs seasonally | Friday – Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM (winter hours)

Waupoos Estate Winery was the first winery in Prince Edward County. Established in 1993, Waupoos now has 20 acres of vineyards growing 18 different varieties. Waupoos hosts a farm-to-table restaurant as well as a wine cellar/ retail store for tastings. Waupoos is located on the water and you can enjoy a walk through the vineyard to enjoy the ambiance of the waves crashing along the shore. Waupoos is a prominent wedding venue in Prince Edward County, for more information check out our Featured Wedding Venue Post about Waupoos

Waupoos Estate and Winery dock overlooking water wedding venue PEC
Intimate wedding on dock at Waupoos Estate and Winery Prince Edward County

I hope you find this post helpful. For more of our favorite County spots check out these posts:

Where to stay in Prince Edward County
Local’s Guide to Prince Edward County Beaches
Top 6 Places for Foodies in Prince Edward County
Local’s Guide to Prince Edward County Breweries


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