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Prince Edward County Ontario Wine Tour - The Grange of Prince Edward Winery

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by Wade Rowland - Part 6

The winery at The Grange Estate near Hillier, in Prince Edward County, Ontario, actually is an old barn, a very large one with an attached two-story carriage house, built in about 1830 and meticulously renovated, restored and refitted (with a small expansion) to its new purpose. No detail was overlooked in the refurbishing and the result is stunning.
The Grange Estate Winery in Hillier Prince Edward County Ontario Canada
The Grange Estate Winery
Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
Photo © Christine Collie

The adjoining Grange vineyards are enclosed with split cedar-rail fencing, and the original farm house, where owner/manager Caroline Granger now lives, is a stone's throw away, across a little creek that a hundred and fifty years ago powered a saw mill. The total effect is an establishment that's been around for a couple of centuries, though the Grange winery is, of course, very new.

The Granger family purchased the farm as a country retreat in 1974 and Caroline grew up playing in the barn and the hay loft, which has become the wine tasting and sales area. (The former milking parlour has become the barrel cellar, home to all those expensive French oak casks.) When in the summer of 2000 the family decided to take the plunge and plant grapes, Caroline went to college to study viticulture (surely not an easy thing for a mother of three), and she now runs the estate with the help of wine specialists Michael Peddlesden and Jeff Innes.

Talking to her over a glass of very good Grange 2002 cabernet, it's difficult to tell which she loves most: the wines she fusses over like children, or the place itself. The family has managed to repurchase 600 acres of the original thousand-acre pioneer land grant, and have planted nearly 60,000 vines on more than forty acres. Here, one senses, is the beginnings of an Ontario wine dynasty.

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