Wine and Cider along the Southern Shores of Georgian Bay
It’s fitting that a region known for its abundant orchards and apple production should also produce some of the finest ciders in the country. However, there are also delicious perrys, jus, fruit wines and grape-based wines to discover along the scenic shores of Georgian Bay. A perfect way to round out your outdoor adventure at Blue Mountain.
Not only does this property produce exceptional small batch ciders, wine and fruit wines that exemplify the Grey County and Georgian Bay terroir, the setting is equally delightful.
Perched along the Niagara Escarpment with expansive views over the turquoise waters of the bay. Enjoy Coffin Ridge’s rotating Vintner’s Plate with different selections of cheese, meat, and bread. Flights are available at the tasting room, open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 599448 Concession Road 2 North, Annan
Crafting traditional dry ciders for over a decade, Duxbury Cider welcome guests to drop in on Fridays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or schedule a visit on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Make a reservation for a personalized tasting experience with Cider Maker James McIntosh for 10$ per person. Note: no washroom facilities onsite.
Location: 265659, Side Road 25, Meaford
This micro cidery makes the most of the apples grown in the Georgian Bay, including foraged fruit and harvesting rare and heirloom varieties from abandoned orchards. The result is small batches of not only of traditional dry cider, but also perry and jun tonics, a beverage similar to kombucha (the champagne of kombuchas!). The bottle shop is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Location: 317282 3 Line, Meaford
Set in the heart of Thornbury, the cider and brew house is a big part of this small town’s personality. If you love their signature clean, crisp and delicious handcrafted cider, you’ll want to visit in person as several exclusive cider releases like rose cider and honey crisp apple cider are only available at the brew house. Retail window open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: 90 King Street East, Thornbury
Awards and accolades are pouring in for Grey & Gold Cider’s organic, wild-ferment dry ciders. Made with minimum intervention, the ciders ferment over months to allow for a finer complexity. The result is a series of well crated refreshingly balanced flavours, like the Cranberry Fennel, the Jin & Juice infused with juniper, wild grapes and sumac and their gold medal awarded Heritage Dry. Orchard-side tastings are offered Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Location: 788171, Grey County Road 13, Clarksburg
Craft impossibly delicious ciders and spirits? Mission accomplished. This organic craft distillery is sleek in design with clean lines and geothermal power infrastructure, their thematic brand is whimsical and witty, and their ciders are uncompromisingly good. Reservations are available Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 808108, Side Road 24, Clarksburg
One of the most established vineyards in the region, Georgian Hills has perfected the art of creating wines and ciders that celebrate the soil, climate and character of the county. Discover your favourite flavour over generous tastings, with five wines and ciders per tasting. Enjoy a flight or a glass as you take in the gorgeous view of the vineyards and orchards.
Location: 496359 Grey Road 2, Blue Mountains
Innovation and eco-forward, this small-batch winery focuses on sustainable, low intervention and organic practices in the production of their cold climate wines. Learn all about the process in over a glass of fine win and a charcuterie and cheese board in their 19th century barn overlooking the lovely Beaver Valley. Season reservations can be made online.
The cider production follows the farm philosophy at Duntroon, which is organic, eco-forward and sustainable. Cyders are vegan, sugar, sulphite and gluten free, crafted from hand-picked apples and slow fermented and aged in the spirit of tradition English cyder, hence the ‘y’ in the name. In addition to standard tastings, Duntroon hosts unique pop-ups, live music events, vendor markets and more on the property.
Location: 3079 Simcoe County Road 124, Duntroon
Last updated: March 23, 2022