Did you know that Mono, Ontario has a winery? I was surprised when I heard about Adamo Estate Winery, located in the Hockley Valley which is about an hour north of Toronto. This region is not known for winemaking but in 2014 the owner, Mario Adamo, planted some test vines. These test vines have since grown into a vineyard of 23,000 vines, 25 acres and a 2000 sq. ft. facility. The vineyard and winemaking is now run by well known winemaker, Shauna White. Adamo winery uses organic and biodynamic farming practices and focuses on cool climate grape varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
I visited the winery last weekend with my mom and sister. The facility itself is very impressive with soaring ceilings, artistic décor and large windows overlooking the vineyards. We started our visit with a tasting flight of four wines for $12 – I had the Gamay Rose, Pinot Noir Rose, Vidal and Cab Franc. The friendly wine associate guided us through an enjoyable tasting with helpful information about the wines and winery. All the wines were good, but we all especially LOVED the cab franc and I now regret not purchasing a bottle!
After our tasting we enjoyed a glass of wine and charcuterie on the beautiful patio out back. The patio has impressive views overlooking the vineyards and rolling Hockley Valley hills. During the week, the winery’s Paddock Café offers charcuterie, cheese and snacks. If you visit on a Saturday or Sunday there is a full menu available for lunch. The food was great and the views cannot be beat! Sitting outside on the Adamo patio with wine and charcuterie was the perfect way to spend a September afternoon.
I cannot wait to visit again! Adamo winery will be beautiful in the fall with the changing leaves on the trees. And they have so many great events happening right now. On Fridays you can enjoy their Wine and Unwind Pasta Sociale Nights featuring housemade pastas, wine and live music. The fall series of the Winemaker’s Dinners includes 4 seasonally-inspired courses paired with Adamo wines. And on Saturdays and Sundays public tours of the winery are offered at 12pm and 3pm. I will definitely be back this fall for another visit…plus I need a bottle of the cab franc!