The first stop on our journey through Ontario wine country takes us to Sandbanks Estate Winery situated along the picturesque shores of Lake Ontario. Planted here is 7 acres of Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Pinot noir, Vidal, Geisenheim and Marechal Foch. Sandbank’s vision is to produce quality, award winning wines at an approachable price. But of course these wines must pair perfectly with delicious food, and be perfect for celebrating life with family and friends. Sandbanks offers a tasting room and boutique, barrel room, large outdoor picnic area and tasting bars with a wine season packed full of lively events. If that isn’t enough, there are areas for yogi’s and meditators to get their zen on in soothing allocated areas of the vineyard. A summer day at Sandbanks is welcoming, relaxing, and just what is needed to unwind.
If Sandbanks turns out to be a preferred destination, consider joining their wine club for exclusive perks including the option to sample new wines before they hit the shelves in addition to sold out vintages that are no longer available to the public.
Of course the experience will be uniquely your own, so see for yourself if this first stop has the potential to be your own little slice of paradise, and if not, there are plenty more locations to check out along this tour.
Let’s head north on Loyalist parkway and through the town of Rosehall. We will be making a left onto Greer Road.
Coming up on your left you will see the sign for Casa-Dea Winery and Banquet Hall.
Casa-Dea Estates Winery is one of the largest and most established wineries in Prince Edward County. They have been growing with pride since the turn of the century and with over 65 acres of planted vines, it is one of the very few wineries that are capable of producing true Prince Edward County VQA wines. What is VQA you ask? When you see ‘VQA Ontario’ on a bottle, it means the wine is made from 100% Ontario-grown grapes, which have been approved through a strict quality-assurance program. The initials stands for Vintners Quality Alliance. The VQA system allows for sub-appellations, by which the grapes for wines are sourced from extremely specific geographical locations with different soil and climate. Now that we have that information under our belts, let’s see what kind of treats we can find at Casa-Dea.
Featuring Italian inspired dishes, their founder Domenic Di Pietrantonio grew up in the small village of Lettomanopello, located in the Abruzzi area of Italy. The name of the winery translates to ‘Home of the Goddess.’ The concept is quite simple, romance. You see, 'Casa' translates to home in Italian and Dea means 'Goddess'. Dea also happens to be the name of Domenic's wife of 59 years. The winery was named as a tribute to Domenic's wife. This story of romance is represented by the Goddess symbol on all of their products.
Casa-Dea is known for their ability to host a variety of events, from weddings, holiday and birthday celebrations as well as corporate events and meetings. Making it even more convenient, the staff is happy to coordinate transportation plans for you and your guests.
Just looking to enjoy some great wine and chill? Try their tour and tasting program featuring a wine country experience like no other. Have fun, engage your senses and explore the fascinating interplay of wine and wine culture.
Ok, head back the way we came and turn left on Loyalist Parkway. Keep on going until you get to our next winery, which is on Stapleton Road.