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“Wineries self-tour”

Prince Edward County Wine and Culinary Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience the County in Style! From novice to wine savvy we have an experience for you that will share rich history, how grapes grow here, and discuss the world of wine while touring some of the best and most famous wineries in Prince Edward County.
Reviewed May 26, 2014

Recently had the opportunity to visit several wineries in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Visiting with friends and they helped us choose some very interesting and delicious wineries.
These are the ones I visited, and I know there are so many to choose from, and a beautiful countryside to enjoy as well:
Karlos
Hubbs Creek
Hinterland
Norman Hardy
All wineries were very unique and different however all hospitable owners and staff, and wines and food to enjoy! a totally recommended experience. Delightful to the senses!

6  Thank ElaineWarren
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

My husband and I visited PEC for our 1 year anniversary this past summer. We booked a wine tour with Prince Edward County Wine tours. Although there was some initial confusion about pick-up time we had a great time. After waiting out in the sun for about half an hour for our scheduled pick up, Carol from Huff estates personally came to get us and whisked us off to Huff estates for our first tasting. We met up with our group and guide there (Giles I think). Giles was not only very knowledgeable about wines but also about the architecture and history of PEC. To make up for the lost time Giles even brought us to an extra winery. The wineries themselves were tasty and I totally disagree with some reviewers saying the wineries were not engaging with the customers. We found the owners/producers to be very proud of their products and happy to discuss their wines with us. All in all we had a very good experience at the wineries, and with PEC wine tours especially.

6  Thank Stephanie H
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We were very disappointed with the wineries in general, across PEC! Huff offered a tour: we stood outside the cask cellar and listened to a 10 minute chat; at least the staff were welcoming and bar tenders very knowledgable about their products. Hillier Wines didn't even acknowledge our arrival or talk about their wines; they just laid out the wine tasting list and asked 'how many do you want?'

All in all, if PEC wants to really become a known wine tasting/touring zone you have to pick it up! Give real tours, share knowledge about your processes, make us want to like your wines! They are expensive wines, so you need to make an effort.

All in all people, keep your expectations well in check - both for the wine and the, ahem, tours.

2  Thank madluk
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We took a half day tour with Prince Edward County Wine Tours recently for a bachelorette party of 8 girls. We were picked up by our limo driver/tour guide Giles (I hope that is the right spelling). From the get go Giles was very informative, helpful, and flexible to our preferences for the day. We visited three wineries, a cheese factory, and a cider company all in one afternoon. We met several owners who were very happy to talk to us about their wines and Giles seemed to know just about everyone we come across during the tour. Overall the tour was well organized, professional, informative, and a really great time. I would highly recommend this tour company for anyone looking to experience a variety of wineries in the area.

7  Thank Jess W
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

My two daughters and I decided to take a road trip to wine country. We spent three days touring Prince Edward County wineries and ate at some outstanding restaurants. On the first day, we visited two wineries, Sandbanks and Norman Hardie (where we shared three different delicious pizzas from their outdoor stone oven). That evening, we dined at the superb Blumen restaurant. The next day, we visited 7 other wineries, recommended by our hosts, Shannon and Eric of the Wayfearer Beach House in Wellington (wonderful place on the shore of Lake Ontario - we had the first floor to ourselves with the patio doors opening up on to Lake Ontario). We went to Casa-Dea Estates, Rosehall Run, By Chadsey's Cairns, Karlo Estates (my favourite), Hubbs Creek, Hinterland and The Grange (another favourite). That evening we dined at the East and Main restaurant. Another fantastic meal (I will rate the restaurants in the restaurant section of Trip Advisor). The last day, we had brunch at The Tall Poppy in Wellington. It was delicious. Then we headed off to Sandbanks Provincial Park for a day on the beach since it was hot and sunny. The first beach we went to was The Dunes - correctly named. There was a small flat beach with picnic tables and then 6 or 7 humongous sand dunes. We walked over the dunes to the other side of the bay. The water was warm and the beach, you guessed it, very sandy. We left the Dunes and went to the Sandbanks beach. This was another beautiful white sandy beach. Very big and the water was colder and wavier but very clean and refreshing. We left at around 3:00 pm as we wanted to visit three other wineries before heading back home to Ottawa. We went to Lighthall Winery (very good - the owner, Glen Symons is formerly from Ottawa), Waupoos Estates, and finally the County Cider Company. We also had time to visit two cheese companies: Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. in Picton, and The Black River Cheese Company Ltd (who specialize in Cheddar) in Milford. We bought 6yr old and 4 yr old cheddar as well as a jalapeno mozzarella. We had supper at The Accoustic Bar and Restaurant in Picton. This trip was really a lot of fun. In three days, we covered the towns of Hillier, Rosehall, Wellington, Bloomfield, Cherry Valley, Milford, Picton and Waupoos - all ten to fifteen minutes from each other by car. We saw a lot of cyclists doing the wine tour as well. This is a beautiful part of Ontario and I suggest everyone should go at least once. We got our place to stay off of Airbnb. It cost us $300.00. It had a washroom with a large glass enclosed shower, toilet and sink, a large living/dining/kitchenette (microwave & small fridge) which included a day bed/sofa and another sofabed. It also included one bedroom with a queen size bed - very clean and comfortable. Our hosts were a young, very friendly and accommodating couple. I would definitely stay there again.

13  Thank danielle m
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