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7 wineries to visit in Prince Edward County

A visual guide to which wineries to visit - and which wines to try - in this budding Ontario region

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At Closson Chase Vineyards, a converted century-old barn and relocated local church (which serves as a seasonal home for Mexican vineyard labourers) make for a charming visit. The excellent chardonnays cap it off.

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Jonas Newman took over a former cow barn in 2006 to create Hinterland Wine Co. The winery focuses exclusively on sparkling wine, so it's no wonder the flagship Les Etoiles is a ringer for good Champagne.

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The County-specific wines from Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard have met with growing praise, especially from fans of the Burgundian-style chardonnays. The small dining patio, serving pizzas from an outdoor oven, is an ideal spot to savour the food-friendly wines.

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Gerry and Lia Spinosa made just 500 cases at Exultet Estates last year. The flagship 2009 pinot noir, called The Beloved, is spicy, sublime and already half gone at $65.

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Huff Estates is the region’s most imposing and ambitious winery, complete with a modern-styled inn. The South Bay Chardonnay is a County benchmark and reasonably priced at $29.95.

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At Rosehall Run, Dan Sullivan makes some of the best-value wines in the County. Don't miss the 2009 Cuvee County Chardonnay, a bargain at $22.

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To find The Old Third Vineyard, look for a restored 1870s horse barn with design details worthy of Architectural Digest. The only wine made here, a $35 pinot noir, is excellent.

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