Explore the wine, cider and distillery trail of West Carleton, starting with a visit to KIN Vineyards on the Carp Ridge. Featured as Wines of Canada's "dark horse winery to watch" in 2016, KIN specializes in the meticulous growth of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, along with crafting northern hybrid wines and their Cider House Fools dry cider.
More apple treats await at the picturesque Farmgate Cider where they create British-style, sulfite-free ciders from craft and organic apples hand-picked from their orchard.
You'll then visit Needhams Market Garden between Pakenham and Arnprior to enjoy sampling Highway 29 fruit wines along with Aunt Marg’s jams and their famous corn salsa.
Then it's off to Almonte's shiny new Dairy Distillery, where you'll sample creamy, smoooth "vodkow" crafted from Ontario milk permeate in the beautiful state-of-the-art facility. After beginning commercial production in November, the micro-distillery will be serving up craft cocktails and Mootinis during visitor tours.
Tour package includes all tastings & food pairings.
Bus Pickup/Drop-off Locations & Times:
Location: Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Parking Lot E
Times: Pickup: 10:30 a.m Drop-off: 3:30 p.m.
Customer Testimonial: "The West Carleton tour was wonderful! Presentations at all three vineyards were well done and very interesting. Good information about the challenges of growing grapes in this part of the world, of how to extract maximum juice from berries to make good wine and producing pesticide-free apples to make cider. Delicious snacks and food pairing suggestions. A great group of people to tour with. Thanks Ruth and Iona for organizing an enjoyable tour and the opportunity to try delicious local products." - Annie Jessup Adams