Grapes aren't all we grow in Prince Edward County. The County has long been Ontario's fertile farmland. We can grow tomatoes here that are almost unbelievably delicious. And just take a look around your local grocery store for any number of famous County grain products (Prince Edward County Rye Bread is an all-time best-seller). Then...there's that brief but joyous moment in the year when winter starts to fade into spring and our Maple trees yawn and stretch. We have a quite famous event around this time each year. It's called Maple in The County.
Aside from serving maple crepes as wine-pairings in our Tasting Room on Maple Weekend, we also trot-out a special Maple-mini-cocktail made with our Gold Medal winning dessert wine Just Desserts. We call it...
People are always asking why we don't serve the Maple Flame all year. Well, it's because we only make it with real, fresh Prince Edward County Maple Syrup and that only happens once a year.
Introducing special Harwood case pricing. When you purchase twelve wines of a single varietal while visiting our Tasting Room, we only charge for eleven. So plan that perfect party or stock up the wine cellar! We've got something to celebrate!
Discovery Days will shine the spotlight on a featured Harwood wine each month or so. To begin, we've chosen our famous blue-bottled Pinot Gris 2015.
Discovery Days price $16 (reg. $18)
Case price $176 (reg. $216)
There's more to Discover about Harwood Pinot Gris 2015...
1. White wine from a red grape!
You'd probably guess Pinot Gris was a white wine from the name (Gris = grey). But it's actually made from a purple-red grape. To make a white wine from these grapes, the juice is pressed away from the skins instantly. However, a cold soak overnight with the skins can impart some colour. This process, known as 'Vin Gris', is exactly what our winemaker chose to do and is also why our Pinot Gris 2015 has a lovely, soft, peachy hue.
2. First off the vine!
Pinot Gris matures rather quickly, so it's generally the first European grape to be picked. Harvest usually commences late-September and allows for us to capture the perfect balance of natural sugar, minerality and acidity, all of which brings out the bright orchard fruit flavours we love in our Pinot Gris 2015.
3. A grape by many other names
What is the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? Simply put, there really isn't one. Winemaking styles may differ between geographical locations but both styles are made from the same grape family. Harwood's Pinot Gris 2015 is very traditional with it's presentation of orchard fruit and vibrant minerality on the palate.
Interested in trying our Pinot Gris 2015? It's available for tasting daily between 11 AM and 6 PM in our Hillier Tasting room. We invite you to take one home to discover with friends or family. During Discovery Days, we're offering our Pinot Gris 2015 for a limited time only at $16 (reg. $18); case price $176 (reg. $216); case prices in-store only.