Being atop the Oak Ridge Moraine – an ancient glaciated region – means that we are in a different climate zone than the areas around us. This results in shorter growing seasons and colder winters and is the reason why the vineyard is made up of mostly hardy varieties of wine grapes.
Currently, we grow whites such as La Crescent, Muscat, Prairie Star, Adalmiina, Somerset, Seyval Blanc, Vidal and reds such as Marechal Foch, Marquette, Sabrevois and Frontenac. Each grape variety produces unique wine flavours that are completely different.
As for table grapes, we have some seedless Sovereign Coronation and Red Katelyn. Harvest season for these grapes will typically be around late August to early September as opposed to wine grapes which aren’t picked until October.
We frequently experiment with new varieties of cool climate/winter hardy vines being developed in Quebec and the Northern United States.