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Wine sales for first time at County Terroir


Terroir-Poster-2014V1Prince Edward County’s ‘Terroir’ is the first wine festival and farmers’ market in Ontario licensed to sell VQA wines on-site. This means for the first time in Ontario, guests will be able to purchase wine while at the event, and take it home with them.

Beginning May 1, a provincial pilot project allows wine to be sold at Ontario farmers’ markets – administered by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), under the Liquor Licence Act.
The new regulation applies to Vinter’s Quality Alliance (VQA) wine. VQA is Ontario’s regulatory agency responsible for maintaining the integrity of local wine, and enforcing wine-making and labelling standards.

“This is a really great opportunity for people coming out next Saturday,” says Bryan Rogers, of Keinte-He Winery. “They can try wines and then, for the first time ever, they can buy those wines right there and then and walk out the door with them.  It’s an exciting time to be drinking Prince Edward County wines.”

Terroir is decanting once again for its 10th year. The annual showcase for new County wines is presented by Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association and is to return to the Crystal Palace in Picton, on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The Grape Growers of Ontario and The Wine Council of Ontario have been working with the AGCO to allow VQA Wines for sale at farmers markets and “it has finally happened” says festival organizer Scott Rondeau.  “They [AGCO] are really trying to support the local wineries.  It’s really great that they are showing so much support for local wines and allowing us to do this.”

“It is really good to see the government creating a new way to sell 100 per cent Ontario wines.  Farmers’ market sales will be particularly helpful to the smaller wineries who don’t currently have a presence at the LCBO,” says Richard Karlo of Karlo Estates.

There are more than 30 wineries in Prince Edward County.  The County was named one of the ’14 Must-Visit Destinations of 2014′ by enRoute magazine (

Many County wineries will be sampling and selling their new spring releases and unique wines while pairing them with gourmet food tastings.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet the winemakers themselves, take part in seminars and demonstrations, enjoy live music, shop for baked goods, preserves, meats, sauces, veggies and more, while tasting some of Ontario’s finest wines.  The event’s $35 in advance ticket price includes all wine samples and three food pairings.  Additional food items are available for purchase.

Participating Wineries

Broken Stone Winery
By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery & Vineyard
Casa Dea Estates Winery
Closson Chase Vineyards
Devil’s Wishbone Winery
The Grange of Prince Edward County
Half Moon Bay Vineyards
Harwood Estates Winery
Hillier Creek Estate Winery
Huff Estates Inn & Winery
Karlo Estates
Keint-He Winery & Vineyard
Lacey Estates Vineyard & Winery
Lighthall Vineyards
Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard
Rosehall Run Winery
Sandbanks Estate Winery
Stanners Vineyard
Three Dog Winery
Thirty Three Vines Winery

Participating Food Vendors
Niagara College Culinary Program
Urban Herb on the Curb
Picnic PEC
Empire Cheese
Agrarian Bistro & Speakeasy
East and Main
Iced Cupcakery
Participating Farmers’ Market Vendors
Humble Bread
Nyman Farms
Emerson Pringle Carpentry
Essential Relaxation
PEC Hot Sauce Co.
Thyme Again Garden
Portland Bridge Pickling Society
PEC Fare
Vikki’s Veggies
Jo’s Backyard Doughs
Raw Food
Barking up the Green Tree
PEC Lavender Farm
County Cooperage Wine Vinegar
Scottish Accents
Pink Lunch Pail

$35 in advance – Save $5 (inclusive of all taxes and online service charges)
$40 at the door (subject to availability)
Tickets can be purchased at
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