Lake Erie North Shore wine region
What do California’s Napa Valley, France’s Bordeaux region, Italy’s Tuscany and Ontario’s Essex-Pelee Island Coast have in common? All are located along the same latitude – and all produce award-winning wines.
Essex Pelee Island Coast is the southernmost region in Canada and it’s no coincidence that this area is also the nation’s oldest commercial grape-growing area. Vin Villa Winery, Canada’s first recorded winery, was established on Pelee Island in 1866. Since then wine makers have embraced the temperate climate and fertile terroir to develop a productive appellation featuring over a dozen wineries between Amherstburg and Leamington along Lake Erie’s North Shore. Tour the coast, visit charming communities, enjoy farm fresh cuisine and discover refreshing Rieslings, refined Pinot Noirs and lovely cool climate blends.
Quick guide to Lake Erie North Shore wine region
Explore with the EPIC Passport
Pick up your Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Passport for complimentary tastings, samples and tours as you explore the areas welcoming wineries.
Tour your way
Explore on two wheels or four. Guided bicycle tours are available or just rent the bikes and set out on your own along the groomed Wine Bicycle Trail.
Or book a personalized small group tour in a van or aboard a vintage trolley. If you’re self-driving, use the Wine Route Map.
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Know before you go
In Ontario, you must be at least 19 years old to order, handle and consume alcohol. Ontario has a zero tolerance policy on impaired driving.
Last updated: March 11, 2023