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:
SPRUCEWOOD SHORES WINERY
Established in 1991; vineyard opened in 2006
Owners: Stephen, Marlaina, Tanya and Jake Mitchell
What are your three most popular wines?
Lady in Red Cabernet-Merlot blend, Meritage (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc), and Pinot Grigio.
Tell us about the winery’s background.
We are a family-run operation that has been producing quality Ontario grapes for more than 21 years from our 35 acres resting on the shores of Lake Erie. We’ve been in operation since 2006 as a winery when Gord and Hannah Mitchell decided to pursue their dream together with their children. Sprucewood Shores is a destination winery within the Pelee Island region with a majestic building overlooking the lake, vineyards, and a protected wetland. We specialize as an events centre for weddings, fundraisers and family events.
Does the winery offer tours?
We do not offer regular tours but are open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tours can be organized by appointment.
Is there a retail shop on the premises?
What other amenities are on site?
We offer weekly live entertainment on Sundays from June to August in our tents on the back patio along with catering by a local restaurant partner. From May to October we offer our customers picnic baskets that can be enjoyed by the beach or under the shade trees.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer someone wishing to have a better experience with wine?
Take the time discover what you like about wines and think about what you’re tasting. For some people it’s a flavour, for others it’s a sweetness level, or it may be something that is different every time!