Last weekend, we were at our Prince Edward County house getting a lot of work done. But I made some time to visit one winery and chose Rosehall Run Vineyards. Rosehall Run is one of the oldest wineries in PEC, having been established in 2001. They are known for their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines . Their wine awards list is extensive, and after tasting a few I can see why! Located in the Hillier area of PEC, Rosehall Run Vineyard boasts a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, beautiful tasting room with rooftop deck and lots of outdoor seating overlooking the vineyard.
We started our visit at Rosehall Run Vineyards with a warm welcome, and even warmer welcome for Cosette (my French bulldog). Rosehall Run is definitely dog friendly! We were led through an informative tasting of four wines, starting with the Indigo Sparkling White. This bubbly is made in the Charmat method, like Prosecco, and has big refreshing bubbles bursting with citrus fruit flavours. Perfect as a summer aperitif or accompaniment to dinner. We then moved onto the 2016 Chardonnay. This is an oaked Chardonnay, but don’t think heavy buttery California Chardonnay. This is a great example of cool-climate PEC Chardonnay – a dry white with rich flavours of apple and peach that finish with a refreshing lemon acidity and minerality. The 2017 JCR Pinot Noir was next. I loved this Pinot Noir so much, a bottle may have went home with me! A medium-bodied red with elegant flavours of cherry and smooth finish. Perfect for barbeques this summer. We finished our tasting with The Certain Ratio which is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. There are some Niagara grapes in this blend which come through in the juicy dark berry flavours, but you can also taste the lean earthy county grapes. As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed the Rosehall Run wines!
After our tasting, we took a glass of wine and foodie box up to the second floor patio. The foodie box is new at Rosehall Run this year and is SO GOOD! It’s a snack box for two that contains locally sourced cheese, charcuterie and accompaniments from PEC producers. It can be purchased for $19.95 and enjoyed on the winery grounds or as a take-away. I enjoyed the foodie box with a glass of the Pixie Sparkling Rosé – a pretty pink bubbly with creamy fruit flavours and citrusy acidity. A glass of bubbly and foodie box was the perfect way to end our visit at Rosehall Run Vineyards. We actually loved the foodie box so much that, that I’m not kidding, we purchased almost all of the items in it! The winery houses the Greer Street Grocer where you can purchase local PEC products, including everything in the foodie box.
It’s probably obvious by now, but I really enjoyed my visit to Rosehall Run Vineyards! Great wine, delicious food and beautiful views….what more can you ask for?! When visiting PEC, Rosehall Run Vineyards is definitely a must-see winery. You can visit daily from May to October between 10am and 6pm. See you soon, Rosehall Run!