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End of a Wine Trail Ride featuring a feast on a long table with view of winery

About Essex County's wine region

  • Located at the same latitude as the Mediterranean and some of Europe's finest wine regions
  • The Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island areas are 2 of Ontario's 3 Designated Viticultural Areas
  • We grow some of the world's finest vinifera and French hybrid wine grapes
  • Our unique proximity to Lake Erie, exceptional soil conditions, longer sun hours and greater heat units than any other area in Canada contribute to the quality of the grapes
  • Our wineries continue to produce award winning, world class wines, including ice wines.

Visit our wineries - taste our wines

Don't miss the opportunity to tour our wineries or taste our wines at many of the local festivals and events.

Take one of our popular wine trail rides and bicycle your way along the Lake Erie North Shore (LENS), to visit the various wineries and vineyards that make up Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wine Country. Sign up for a guided bus or trolley tour or follow the wine route map and design your own tour.