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“Wonderful Winery and Hosts! (p.s. rent the house and stay for a while)”

By Chadsey's Cairns Winery and Vineyard
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Wellington
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Owner description: By Chadsey's Cairns winery is located on a 200-year-old farm settled by James and Maria Chadsey in 1809. Fruit has been grown on the property from its earliest days, apples, later cherries and raspberries and now grapes. Entering the property you park beside the pioneer cemetery and walk back in time to the Apple House (circa 1855) Tasting Room and wine store located behind four magnificent barns that overlook Lake Ontario.Mature maples and lilacs border the Apple House vineyard and you can enjoy the bucolic splendour sampling your wine on the deck nestled into the vineyard.Eight different vinifera wines are grown here. Some of the first planted in the County,and most of them representing the first commercial offerings of fine wines from PEC in 2002 and 2003.You can rent the 5 bedroom farmhouse beside the winery any time of the year and use it as your base to explore "the County". Full descriptions of the hundred-year-old house, with rates and occupancy calendars can be accessed through the By Chadsey's Cairns facebook page.No matter the time of year there are reasons to visit the location, for Maple in the County, Countylicious, Terroir, TASTE, the Jazz Festival, Studio Touring, Pumpkinfest, Wassail or chilling in the Christmas holidays and winter solstice. Picking parties at By Chadsey's Cairns are a great way to spend an October Saturday.Vida and Richard also host concerts in the barn for their customers and friends, barn dances, readings etc.
Toronto, Canada
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“Wonderful Winery and Hosts! (p.s. rent the house and stay for a while)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

Vida and Richard are excellent hosts and they make wonderful wines. From Chenin to Gewurtztraminer to Chardonnay to Pinot Noir (and more); I tried each one at least once, and found them all to be excellent. Take a walk around the property and explore the vineyards, the very old cemetery (found a couple of 1700's birth dates), and the cute tasting room in the old apple house.

We didn't just visit - we rented their farmhouse right on the property for a week and we had a fantastic time. Vida and Richard (and Zara and Daiva) were excellent hosts and the house was perfect for our stay - did I mention that the tasting room is about 200 paces away? The location is an easy drive from Toronto, and once you're there you are 1/2 hour from anything that you might want to see in Prince Edward County.

Visited August 2012
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wellington, ontario
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“Historic vineyard with quirky cemetary.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Amazing selection of wines and knowlegable staff.Enjoyed a great pull pork sandwich from Carnivore Catering, with a glass of Richard's Muscat. Delightful.

Visited August 2012
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Toronto
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“Don't miss Charnivore by Chadsey's!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

Charnivore smokes meats in a food wagon on the weekends at By Chadsey's Cairns. The pulled pork sandwich is amazing and generous in size! Delicious sides too. Look for their sign by the driveway into Chadsey's. Great spot for a picnic and then a wine tasting. Or in reverse order. Don't miss out!

Visited July 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“our own little wine tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

the staff in the tasting room was extremely friendly, the wine was amazing. the whole setting was just wonderful

Visited October 2011
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“Eclectic Character and Setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2012

Stop here for an interesting chat and a fun visit and a drink of wine. Our host shared some local anecdotes and told us about the wines, the process, and their volunteer events. He also talked about a few simple pairings. The tasting room is charming and showcases local artists. Check out the barn and the schedule of events too!

We spent about an hour here but you could spend two if you wanted to take photos of the scenery, barns, cemetery, or you might enjoy a few moments sitting in the shade. A small tour bus came through just ahead of us, but we were still treated wonderfully (which is not always the case).

If you really like it, you can stay in the farm house.

Visited May 2012
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