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“Charming Winery”

By Chadsey's Cairns Winery and Vineyard
Ranked #6 of 20 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.
Reviewed May 22, 2014

Chadsey's is a stop we have made both times being in Prince Edward County. It is a great and charming winery with some excellent wines. Service has always been very good with knowledgable staff. We always grab a few bottles to bring back to share with other wine enthusiasts. A must see when going through PEC.

Thank Devilsteeth
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The winery, buildings and grounds are not to be missed. The owners, Richard and Vida are welcoming and shared some of the interesting history as well as the unique characteristics of their winery. One can even enjoy a glass of their wine (they are very good) in the barn with a beautiful view of the lake across the road. They also host fun events at the winery and we've enjoyed a couple of concerts in the barn along with a BBQ and of course, their wines. Earlier this summer, a group of us rented their Farmhouse for a weekend and it was terrific. We typically stay at the various inns (which are also very good), however renting the Farmhouse at the winery was quite special. The farmhouse is very spacious (5 bedrooms) and it had everything we needed for a great weekend. The kitchen was well stocked and the large dining room was great to spend time around the table over meals. The rental included time with Vida who is also the winemaker and we really enjoyed our time with her as well as the tastings. Richard writes an email newsletter, which we've enjoyed as it's all about the wine, events and the County. I think there would be info on the winery website about the rental and the newsletter.

Thank Ontmajo
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Spent a thoroughly enjoyable weekend at By Chadesy's Cairns. The house is comfortable and quaint, and Vida and Richard made us feel extremely welcome. Their wines are delicious and it was fun to walk around the property to see the barn, the vines and the pioneer cemetary. It's also convenient to all of the other attractions in Picton. We will definitely be back.

Thank TONative
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

I like the wines at this winery, but even more importantly, I love the surroundings. Their retail store is in a quaint old building and you can even rent out a large barn for events or attend concerts. There is a very old Loyalist graveyard on the property which adds texture to the experience. On weekends they have a couple who sets up shop with a large meat smoker where you can purchase ribs, pulled pork and special salads. Couple this with a nice bottle of wine and a bottle of grape juice for the kids, and you have yourself a idyllic picnic under the shade of beautiful large trees next to the vineyard.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

When ever we are in the County we always make a point of stopping to see the folks at By Chadsey's Cairn. We love bringing friends to introduce them to the County and By Chadsey's is a 'must do'. Besides loving the wine, the charm of the location, the great story of the property and the welcome by both RIchard and VIta makes this stopping point on our journey through the County a highlight everytiime, no matter what the season.

Thank kurt123
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