The fastest growing wine region in Ontario is Prince Edward County. Having visited here many times over the years I’ve found new wineries popping up each year which is one of the reasons I keep coming back. I’ve pulled a list together of my favourite wineries in Prince Edward County, and they all happen to be dog friendly.
About Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County, or PEC, as it is often referred to, or the locals simply call it “The County,” is one of Ontario’s hottest getaway destinations. There are so many reasons why – one definitely is because of the wine. The County, long known for its fruit-producing, is considered small in terms of overall wine production. Not, unlike the Niagara Peninsula, which is Ontario’s largest and most famous wine region. Despite its smaller size, it has earned a reputation for producing exceptional wines. The climate and limestone soil makes it perfect for Burgundian varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Best Wineries in Prince Edward County (that are Dog Friendly)
HILLIER CREEK ESTATES WINERY
Hillier Creek is located in a scenic setting in the village of Hillier. What makes this winery a little extra special – is its history. Sip on a delicious oaked Chardonnay and listen as the hostess tells you all about the land that was granted after the War of 1812 to an army doctor who was the first to administer the smallpox vaccine to soldiers. The land was farmed and its century-old barn was completely restored and now serves as the tasting room and event space.
Go to Hillier Creek for…
- the tasting room in their historic barn
- award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
- wood fire pizza oven
- dog friendly, and you might even meet the owners’ golden doodles
Address: 46 Stapleton Road, Hillier
HINTERLAND WINE COMPANY
Hinterland is located in a former dairy barn. This unassuming barn space is best visited during the warmer weather when you can sip on their patio. Regardless of the season, don’t pass this one by as their sparkling wines are delicious. One sip and you’ll be transported to the Champagne region in France. So good in fact that a couple of bottles always come home with me every time I’m in The County.
Go to Hinterland for…
- Sparkling wines – especially try Borealis Charmat, Rosé Traditional, and Ancestral method
- dog friendly
Address: 1258 Closson Road, RR#1 Hillier
GRANGE OF PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY ESTATE WINERY
Grange Winery is located in a beautiful setting. Take the long driveway under the canopy of trees until you see the dark-stained barn at the end. The overgrown grasses are wild and natural, which is all part of this winery’s charm. Enjoy a tasting by the glass in front of a cozy fire or stroll the grounds in the summer.
Go to Grange for…
- rustic country setting
- Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
- dog friendly, with lots of space for them to roam
Address: 990 Closson Road, Hillier
CLOSSON CHASE VINEYARDS
Closson Chase is instantly recognizable by its bright purple barn. I couldn’t think of a more perfect setting to enjoy a wine tasting flight in a beautiful garden setting surrounded by their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. We are greeted by the host who graciously spoke about each wine in detail. That led us to buy their 2015 Closson Chase Churchside Pinot Noir which was the perfect choice for a charcuterie board, just as she recommended.
Go to Closson Chase for…
- instagrammable purple barn and garden setting
- Chardonnay and Pinot Gris and noir wines
- knowledgeable sommelier and host
- dog friendly
Address: 629 Closson Road, Hillier
ROSEHALL RUN VINEYARDS
Rosehall Run is one of the longest operating wineries in The County. You’ll notice their wines being offered at many of the top local eateries, including the sought-after The Drake Devonshire, and Vintner’s Daughter was made exclusively for their restaurant. Rosehall Run features many award-winning wines so I highly recommend a flight tasting so you can sample as many as you can.
Go to Rosehall for…
- wide selection of quality wines
- Pinot Noir and Cabernet
- dog friendly
Address: 1243 Greer Road, Wellington
NORMAN HARDIE WINERY & VINEYARD
Norman Hardie is well-known in The County for two things – its wine and its outdoor pizza oven and patio. It’s the kind of place that makes you want to stay awhile. Their menu has expanded to include fresh PEI oysters, so come here with an appetite because you don’t want to pass up their wine pairings with their delicious food options.
Go to Norman Hardie for…
- outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard
- pizza, mussels, and more
- dog friendly at the tasting bar, not on the dining patio
Address: 1152 Greer Road, Wellington
Karlo Estates is the friendliest winery I’ve visited in The County. Come here for the experience. Sip, and linger in the centuries-old barn, or perhaps an outdoor country picnic is your preference, either way, you will be taken care of. Afterward, take a stroll through the vineyards to the picturesque stone bridge. Enjoy an evening in their speakeasy lounge offering live entertainment, food, and drinks.
Go to Karlo for…
- warm welcome and a fun experience
- relaxing wine tasting atmosphere and very dog friendly
- award-winning wine, splurge on Sextus which gets all 6 of the best varieties in one bottle (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carménère)
Address: 51 Danforth Road, Wellington
WAUPOOS ESTATES WINERY
Waupoos offers a stunning location as the vineyards gently slope towards Lake Ontario. There is no better view than at this winery. Waupoos offers it all – a restaurant, accommodations in a century-old farmhouse, wedding and event space, and a gazebo building at the water’s edge with panoramic views of Lake Ontario. Although this winery is about 30kms away from the others, it is worth the drive. I enjoyed the Red Rabbit, a full-bodied fruity red, and my husband was pleasantly surprised by the ciders.
Go to Waupoos for…
- amazing amenities
- stunning panoramic views of Lake Ontario
- dog friendly except for the restaurant
Address: 3016 County Road 8, Picton
Wine Routes in Prince Edward County
Here are three suggested wine routes based on winery proximity. The only featured winery that is a bit outside of the others is Waupoos. But don’t let distance stop you from going there, it’s worth it!
- Hillier to Hinterland is 4.4km
- Hinterland to Grange is 1.4km
- Grange to Closson Chase is 1.6km
- Rosehall Run to Norman Hardie is 600m
- Norman Hardie to Karlo is 6.4km
- Hillier to Norman Hardie is 5.3kms
- Norman Hardie to Rosehall is 600m
- Option to add Karlo or add route #1 starting with Hinterland
Be sure to check out each winery’s hours of operation as they change frequently due to the seasons throughout the year.
Plan your Trip to Prince Edward County
Tour Prince Edward County wineries for the day or as a weekend getaway. Other top PEC wineries, that are not dog friendly but still worth visiting are Huff Estates Winery, Old Third, Black Prince Winery, Casa-Dea Winery & Banquet, and Sandbanks Winery. Plan your trip to Prince Edward County with the help of these guides.
- 14 Best Airbnb Properties in PEC
- Easterbrook – a French Country Stay (Airbnb)
- The Coach House (Airbnb)
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As a holidaymaker…
There you have it, the top wineries in Prince Edward County that just happen to be dog friendly too! I love how each year there are more and more new winemakers in The County, each one offering something a bit unique. It makes this area of Ontario a popular day trip or a weekend getaway. I love returning to this laid-back, dog-friendly destination that offers so many top things to see and do.