What can you do on a beautiful autumn afternoon?
We decided to head out into the country to sample some of nature’s bounty. Normally we would be trawling farmer’s markets at this time of year – buying up fresh fruit and vegetables – but this trip took on a different flavour.
It wasn’t a deliberate plan on my part to go winery hopping, but our journey took us into the wine growing region of Prince Edward County east of Toronto. and wine tasting just seemed like the right thing to do.
This region is further enough north, compared to the Niagara Region, that their growing season is a few weeks shorter. That means that their wines lack really deep, rich tones but they are lovely drinking wines … although rather expensive.
So while we happily sipped our way through 3 wineries, my pockets simply weren’t deep enough to bring any of these babies home.
Instead we were content to eat a fabulous lunch sitting on the terrace at Casa-Dea Estates overlooking the vineyards simply enjoying a sunny day in the country.
The part that surprised me the most? The wine samples were all free … I’m told that is one of the advantages of visiting mid-week when it’s much quieter. Maybe that doesn’t surprise experienced winery-hoppers, but for me, finding anything free these days is an unusual treat.
I think I might need to come back again to explore this area in more depth.