*When wandering in Ontario’s Highlands, please be aware of any local travel restrictions and guidelines. Vaccine passports accompanied by photo identification are currently required to enter some businesses.
Rumours are flying about the prospect of a wine shortage this winter, thanks to unprecedented drought in California combined with a destructive gypsy moth infestation here in Ontario. We’re trying not to panic, but we can’t help but wonder what this could mean for us winos who really really love wine?
If you are among the worried, fear not. The local growers in Ontario’s Highlands are letting no grape go unsqueezed to ensure you stay flush with wine this year. These folks are holding the line in maintaining stock to ensure our glasses stay filled for 2022, and beyond.
Award-Winning Wines – Potter Settlement Winery
The vineyards in other parts of Ontario have nothing on Potter Settlement Winery, whose owner, Sandor Johnson, has spent more than a decade perfecting the art of making award-winning wine using grapes carefully developed to thrive in the unique terroir in Hastings County. These are wines for true connoisseurs.
Fruit Wine – Needham Market Garden
Not all wine is made with grapes – fruit wines are an interesting twist on a traditional wine and are becoming more popular as we all expand our palates. Needham’s has been making fruit wine for more than a decade. While you’re shopping for wine you can also pick up some local produce and honey, maple syrup, and more.
Don’t Miss: Try their Strawberry Double Berry Sweet-X and serve as an after-dinner wine for a sweet ending to your meal. For something totally different, their Rhuberry will give you something to talk about.
Wild Apple Wine – Ugly Apple
If you’re looking for something different in the wine world, try one of Ugly Apple’s wild ciders that are reminiscent of the apfelwein (apple wine) served in Germany. This is not a cider that tastes like apples! Ugly Apple’s ciders taste as much like apple as wine tastes like grapes (which is not at all).
Don’t Miss: The Wild Cider (2019 or batch one or two) is nice and robust, while a new addition, Martin-Sheridan Estate is a flavourful, still cider that much like a fine wine, improves with every sip.
Still Ciders: Kings Mill Cider
Kings Mill Cider is using scientific perfection to create flavourful and complex ciders that are available both carbonated or still. Their still ciders are like a light and crisp wine, with just a hint of apple, that won’t overwhelm your palate.
Don’t Miss: Their award-winning Premium Dry Still or Premium Still have a nice, light flavour profile. If you’re looking for something different, try their Ice Still, similar to an ice wine only featuring cider. Lots of apple flavour!
Bonus: Bottle Shops Aplenty
If you’re in dire need of a glass of wine there are bottle shops scattered across the countryside who can help you out in a pinch. Somewhere Inn Calabogie has plenty of local beer and organic wine to select from. If you’re near Almonte, North Market Bodega has some fun wines to try (along with craft beer and Ontario cider).