It seems like Prince Edward County has been on everyone’s minds lately – and for good reason! It’s quickly becoming one of my favourite places to get away for the weekend. It’s only a couple of hours outside of Toronto, and it provides that wonderfully free “miles away from the city” feeling. Probably one of it’s most enticing features is the wine. There are dozens of beautiful wineries to choose from. You can spend the whole weekend happily hopping from one to the next.
A few weeks ago my fiancé and I had the pleasure of visiting Huff Estates Winery, a state-of-the-art facility that includes a restaurant with a patio looking out onto the gorgeous vineyard. We stopped in for a tour, tasting, and lunch next to the floor to ceiling windows. The sun was out but unfortunately it was still a bit too chilly to enjoy the patio.
We shacked up in an Airbnb this time, but if you’re interested in staying overnight, there’s an elegant country inn on the premises with 21 rooms. All guests of the inn are treated to a complimentary tasting and tour. The Oeno Gallery is also located next door, where you can find contemporary Canadian art, as well as sculptures from International artists.
Tasting & Tour
The tasting bar manager, Bronwyn, was there to greet us when we arrived. She took us through the production facility for a behind the scenes look into the wine making process. Then we went down to the barrel cellar for a wine tasting, where we also learned about the impact that oak barrels have on wine. Something unique about this winery which I thought was pretty cool is that it’s constructed on top of a hill. This allows a natural flow from the grape processing area and fermentation tanks on top, into the barrel cellar below.
There are obviously challenges to making wine in the Canadian climate, and Bronwyn was very transparent about what can and can’t be done. She was also excited to tell us about the unique achievements Huff Estates has made in growing grapes despite the often difficult landscape of Prince Edward County.
We were able to taste the 2017 Pinot Noir Reserve, the 2016 Cuvée Peter F Huff, the 2018 rosé, and the 2017 South Bay Chardonnay. I’m a rosé fanatic, but I was surprised by how much I loved the Chardonnay. I’m not usually a fan, but the South Bay Chardonnay is so creamy and smooth I would have happily used it as a meal replacement. It was so buttery and satisfying it almost felt as if I had eaten cheese and a baguette with it. Needless to say we went home with a bottle.
Dining in the Restaurant
After the tour we sat down for lunch. Our server, Jeremy, was very entertaining and attentive. The Operations Manager, Lynne, also came over to chat with us. The service at Huff Estates is fantastic. Everyone who works there is extremely welcoming, knowledgeable, and visibly passionate about the work they do.
The food is delicious. First off, they have a wood-fired pretzel served with your choice of grainy mustard or white wine cheese sauce. If there’s a soft pretzel on the menu, there is no question about me ordering it. It’s a done deal. And obviously we got the cheese sauce.
For the main course we opted to share the Caesar salad and the Funghi pizza. It’s made with garlic confit, wild mushrooms, grilled portobellos, caramelized onions, fresh parsley, thyme, and a balsamic reduction drizzled over everything.
Overall we had a fantastic experience at Huff Estates and will absolutely be back the next time we visit the county. I’ll be dreaming of the pizza and Chardonnay until then.
If you’re interested in experiencing an enhanced tasting for four, Huff Estates has provided me with a 50% discount for my audience. Call the winery and use code ELIZABETH50 when booking.
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*This is a paid collaboration with Huff Estates Winery, but all opinions are my own.