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.
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