Prince Edward County (PEC)
The county is technically an island off the north shore of Lake Ontario, about a three-hour drive east of Toronto. Here, thanks to limestone soils, moderate breezes and hot summers, deep vines produce wines similar to those found in Burgundy, France. Most of the 40 wineries are close to the shoreline. PEC’s main town of Picton and the two outlying hubs of Wellington and Bloomfield are all noted for their cool motels, small hotels and B&Bs, and abundance of destination restaurants. Tasting and touring options by bike or car are plentiful, as are the artisanal local treats to take home.
Common grapes: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc
Tastes to try: Closson Chase Winery, Rosehall Run Winery, Sandbanks Estate Winery, Long Dog Vineyard & Winery