☼  Our County harvest is complete!.

The grapes are in and fermentations are simmering along.

Our Pinot Noir and St. Laurent will be delightful when they come out of barrel in a year or so.

A lighter year for some other varietals, though, in response to fifteen weeks of little or no rain. We're building a drip-irrigation system in case next year is similar.

You'll see us tying-down canes now, getting ready to hill-up over them with a blanket of soil for the winter.

In spring, we'll push the soil covering away, re-tie all those canes to the trellis and the whole amazing, miraculous process will begin again for 2017.
                                  

   

☼  We bring our wines to several winter markets. Check the Farmers' Markets link in our Winesite for the schedule.
   

   
☼  Watch our Events & Shows page for the full 2016 and 2017 listings.
 

 

 

Planning a wine tour or casual wine tasting

Here are our answers to some of the questions we've been asked over the years.

"How much time does a wine tasting take?" About 30-minutes on average for singles, couples and small groups. Larger groups 45-minutes to an hour.

"How much time for a wine tasting and a more formal tour?" At Harwood, a tour of our vineyards and barrel cellar will add up to 30-minutes to the above times. 

"How much time should we allow for tours of several wineries?" Times would be the same as above for each winery visited. But be sure to add travel time of about 15-minutes between wineries on average.

"How should we dress?" As comfortably as possible! Flat shoes and clothing suitable for out-of-doors are recommended. If you're going into a vineyard or a rustic barrel cellar like ours, outdoor grade shoes are a must. Hats and sun protection should also be considered. 

"Can you accommodate people with special physical needs?" Harwood is 100% Chair Accessible from top to bottom except for the vineyard, and we're working on that.

"What about people with special dietary restrictions?" Sorry to say that we can't guarantee that anything we serve is completely nut or allergen free. We can certify that some of our wines are Vegan and/or Vegetarian, and these are plainly marked.

"Are children allowed in the winery?" With parents, absolutely. We try to provide light entertainments for the very young. We usually have complimentary kid-size fruit drinks.

"Can we bring the dog?" People travel with pets. We do have a watering and unwatering area where Rover and fluffy can relax (better than a hot car) under your supervision. The winery and patio are 'food service areas' where pets aren't allowed by law.

"Is there a fee for the tasting?" At Harwood, we charge $1 per tasting, which also includes the day's hor d'oeuvre pairings. This tasting fee is waived with the purchase of wine.

"If we've packed our own lunch/snack, can we eat it on your patio?" Yes, and we're licensed to serve wine by the glass too. You can also sit out by the pond on our picnic tables or your own blanket.

"Do you have bicycle parking? Yes. We have a bar for 20-bikes and there's ample area for many more. (P.S. Cyclists; any purchases can be picked up later, or shipped to your home at no extra charge.)

"We have a Designated Driver. Do you have anything for them?" We certainly do! DDs are
 #1 at Harwood. We have hot and cold beverages without alcohol and plenty of snacks for the DDs (and the tour guides and the bus drivers). They're the people who make it possible for us to safely enjoy wine touring!

"We'll be driving motorhomes/pulling trailers. Is there enough parking?" We have a large parking area with two entrances, one on Loyalist Parkway and the other around the corner on Palmer-Burris Road. That makes it easy to get in and out without any tedious turnarounds.

Call us toll-free any time with questions we haven't answered here: 855-ONT-WINE (668-9463).

Everyone will have a personalized way of enjoying their wine tour adventure. There is, however, one very real rule that we encourage everyone to follow: please don't drive with a blood alcohol level higher than that allowed by law. Here's a link for information on Ontario's blood alcohol law...

http://www.lcbo.com/socialresponsibility/safeproms_alcoholtherealdeal.shtml
 


 

 

☼  You'll now find our wine in select Grocery Stores and LCBO Retail Stores. Click Here for the full list.
 

☼  Pinot Noir 2014, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, and Merlot 2014 have all arrived just in time for dinner-by-the-fire season.
 
☼  Our Meritage 2014 has won a Silver Medal at the InterVin International Wine Awards and will be released soon. Our Meritage 2013, is on the shelves and was also a Silver Medal winner!
 

☼  Our Tasting Room is open every day from 11 AM to 5 PM from November 4th until April 1st. Otherwise, until 6 PM. We will be closing at 14:00 New Years Eve and closed News Years Day

☼  Since we do our tastings in the vineyards, the Barrel Cellar and in the working Winery, every visit is a tour.

☼  We always have special treats and beverages for Designated Drivers!!!

☼  Cheese Lovers...we pair Maple Dale cheese with our tastings.