From Pelee Island to Niagara to Prince Edward County, Southern Ontario’s wine-producing pockets are home to a bounty of vintners that craft high-quality Pinot Noirs, Rieslings, Icewines and much, much more. Every Wednesday throughout the summer, Where Toronto profiles an Ontario winery whose bottles are worth seeking out, and whose vineyards are definitely worthy of a day trip from the big city.
This week’s Ontario winery:
COOPER’S HAWK VINEYARDS
Founded in 2007, opened for sales in 2011
Owner: The O’Brien Family and Debbie Meloche
Winemaker: Rori McCaw
How big is your winery?
The winery’s 67 acres yield 5,000 cases of wine annually.
How many varieties of wine do you produce?
What are your three most popular wines?
Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Riesling.
Tell us about the winery’s background.
We are a family-owned and -operated winery. It is a second career for us and wine is a personal passion for our family.
Does the winery offer tours?
Tours are offered by appointment only.
Is there a retail shop on the premises?
What other amenities are on site?
We have a five-acre park and grass with picnic tables, hay rides in the fall and a new wetland tour this summer.
Tell us something people typically don’t know or understand about wine production.
Craft wineries put intensive labour and care into Ontario wine making.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer someone wishing to have a better experience with wine?
Every wine is different, and enjoyable in different ways, and it’s fun to try the variety of wines.