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“Fruit Wines - Now I'm a believer”

Magnetic Hill Winery
Ranked #9 of 52 things to do in Moncton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Magnetic Hill Winery offers visitors an authentic roots experience, life as it should be lived. Visit Moncton's premier winery and discover your palate’s pleasure during your complimentary tasting of award-winning wines in the wine cellar. Learn about the 1867 historic property and see pictures of the 8 year restoration process. Browse the gift boutique for that unique souvenir or gift. Fill a basket with your chilled wine of choice, local cheese and crackers for a delectable picnic on the heritage patio, and revel at the panoramic skyline of the city below. A visit to the Magnetic Hill Winery is a must - its a Wine Lover's Utopia.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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“Fruit Wines - Now I'm a believer”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Magnetic Hill Winery has a terrific location overlooking Magnetic Hill theme park, the casino, which looks far better from afar than up close and downtown Moncton. The winery is housed in the lower part of an elegant wooden building dating from 1867 that was completely restored by Jeff and Janet Everett, the owners. On entering the tasting room and gift shop we saw that about a dozen people were in the middle of a tasting conducted by, as we found out later, the owners’ son. Instead of making us wait until it was over another employee gave us a private tour and tasting and tasty it was. Although the winery grows grapes, the main ingredient in most of their wines is other types of fruits. I must admit to being skeptical on hearing this, but my skepticism disappeared upon tasting the wines which were not overly sweet or too fruity. The one wine that was deliberately designed to have fruitiness could rightfully have been named Apple Pie in a Bottle.

It is apparent that good wine can be made from fruits other than grapes and this winery is certainly doing that in spades. Suffice to say we left with several different bottles to go with the smoked gouda we also purchased. It is also possible to buy wine, cheese and crackers and enjoy them along with the panoramic view from the gazebo attached to the building.

Other than wine the gift shop had a good selection of local New Brunswick products as well as some very humorous wine related adages printed on aprons, napkins and towels.

This is one winery that is definitely worth a stop.

Visited August 2013
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stopped here expecting just a taste of wine but got so much more. We were met at our car and given a history lesson of the house and it's restoration and then were brought to the winery. Here we sampled 6 different types (all were delicious!). We bought 6 bottles of wine and some glasses. The wine is also reasonably priced (compared with the Ontario wineries I've visited). Their verandah is licensed so we were able to purchase a half bottle of wine, local artisan cheese and crackers and headed up to the verandah to enjoy our impromptu picnic and the views of Moncton. Then we were serenaded by the ukele playing owner who took requests (and was awesome!). Great stop!

Visited August 2013
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Ellsworth, Maine
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“A Fun and Different Attraction”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

Visiting this winery is worth the short drive out of downtown Moncton. The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. The gift shop is well stocked, and the picnic option--sitting on a deck, overlooking the countryside, Magnetic Hill and Moncton--a great time!

Visited August 2013
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Sunnyside, New York
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“So Nice and So Tasty”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

We had the pleasure of meeting Christiana and tasting the wines at Magnetic Hill Winery. She shared with us the history of the house and the family business, explained all of the wines, and let us sample everything. We bought two bottles--unique and delicious! This is a great stop on the way to Nova Scotia! Next time, we'll stay at their B&B too.

Visited July 2013
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Coquitlam, Canada
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“The best Moncton has to offer”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

All I can say is WOW! What an experience. My wife and I found this to be a perfect romantic stopover on our way to Nova Scotia. The gorgeously renovated heritage house was stunning! We stayed two nights on our way to and from and wished we had stayed longer. Sharing some awesome wine and overlooking all of Moncton from the patio was wonderful. The rooms were beautifully restored with the original hardwood. The hosts were wonderful and very passionate about their wine and with good reason. It was so much fun doing the wine tasting in the beautiful winery store in the basement. i found the story behind the winery fascinating. you would never know its fruit wine. the taste was like a good old Okanagan wine, full of flavour and body. A fun and delicious breakfast shared with our hosts with non-stop homemade maple butter and jams! Loved it!

Visited August 2012
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Janet E, Owner at Magnetic Hill Winery, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Thanks so much for bragging up our location. We love being able to share our story and it is just so much fun with guests like yourselves. We look forward to having you back again when you are visiting this area again.
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