Winery of the Month: Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery

Nestled among the picturesque farmlands of Waterford, Bonnieheath Estate is a scenic rural retreat with the sophistication of an estate winery. Upon entering, you are greeted by their friendly dog Lucy, and immersed in the soothing scent of lavender. Wandering through the winery, an assortment of wines and ciders are displayed with locally made products such as jewelry and soap featured throughout. Despite being a tiny room, the lavender boutique’s stark contrast to the rustic feeling of the winery is an experience in itself. From floor to ceiling, lavender products are beautifully arranged on their shelves and tables showcasing bath and body products, culinary products, candles, essential oils, and many more hidden gems. Time almost seems to slow down as one carefully examine each product and breathe in the smell of lavender in the air.

Stepping out of the lavender boutique, you return to reality completely refreshed. The bar is staffed with friendly and knowledgeable employees, making the wine tasting an even more delightful experience. Their Lavender Gris is a unique dessert wine. It has a wonderful lavender aroma, with a delicious honey flavour. With a fuller body compared to their Lavender Ice wine, the Lavender Gris feels like a warm hug, presenting a full body experience when tasting the wine.

In stark contrast to their wines, Folkin’ Hard ciders have a refreshing kick that complements the chuckle that comes with the punny name. Using apples grown in their own orchard, four ciders are created. In the Face is an off-dry, refreshingly light cider, with a kick that is true to name. Cherry Pickin is a semi-sweet apple and cherry cider that is pink in colour. Aside from these two mainline ciders, both seasonal ciders are truly unique, featuring tart and sweet flavours with hints of maple and lavender respectively. Available from March to May is their Sweet Lips strawberry maple cider. For blueberry and lavender season, True Blue blueberry lavender cider that was launched on Canada Day 2017.

With a glass of wine in hand, it’s time to take a leisurely stroll through expansive lavender fields, vineyards, and orchards. Bonnieheath is also a part of Norfolk County’s ALUS program. As a part of this program, native prairie grasses and wildflowers are planted to promote wildlife biodiversity and maintain a wetland on their property. When you talk with Anita, one of the owners of Bonnieheath, she highly recommended visitors to take a walking tour of the property. After exploring the farm, a bowl of delicious lime, lavender, and blueberry sherbet while watching the sunset on their deck is the perfect way to end such an eventful day at the winery.

There is always something to do at Bonnieheath, look forward to their annual LavenderFest and many events throughout the year!

Winery of the Month: Burning Kiln Winery

Part of a booming winemaking region along St. William’s Front Road, Burning Kiln is perfectly situated on top of the escarpment overlooking the Long Point Bay World Biosphere Reserve. Formerly a former tobacco farm, the original tobacco pack barn has been repurposed into the winery. Much of the historic building has been preserved, while contemporary glass walls allows visitors to observe the winemaking process. The tobacco drying kilns have also been repurposed to create appassimento style wines.

Burning Kiln combines scenic and idyllic charm as the forests meets the lush countryside, the vineyards stretching out to join the two. Entering the winery, there is the bar to the left and seating in the room on the right, where you can see how the wines are made. Making our way to the bar to grab a glass of wine, sampling their Planter Pinot Gris. It’s crisp, clean, and tangy with citrus aromas. Lemon and lime zest persists, followed by clean, refreshing acidity — perfect to sip on while touring the winery.

The tour follows the winemaking process chronologically, beginning with pressing, fermentation, barrel ageing, and bottling. Moving on to the 26 acre vineyard,  we learn about the grapes and quality practices. Here, 8 varieties of grapes are grown inlcuding Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Savagnin, and Petit Verdot. The Vineyard Manager, Frank DeLeebeeck, and his crew tends each vine by hand for all aspects of quality control. Through their rigorous vigilance during the winemaking process and vineyard maintenance, everyone’s hardwork is reflected in each glass of wine, which is why Burning Kiln is beloved by so many.

We look forward to visiting come spring and summer, when David’s Restaurant on Tour returns to serve outstanding local cuisine from their Gourmet Food Truck and patio parties are abundant!

South Coast Jazz 2016 Season

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Who:

South Coast Jazz

What:

Norfolk County’s Official Jazz Festival – South Coast Jazz Main Event Headliners Announcement and reserved pre-sales for July 23.

Where:

July 23 Port Dover Arena, 809 St George St, Port Dover, NORFOLK COUNTY

July 23/24 (Also see other show lineups at participating wineries -Burning Kiln Winery 1709 Front Rd St Williams and Frisky Beaver 183 Tisdale Rd, Port Dover)

When:

July 23 Port Dover Arena DAY
11am – 12 am (11-530 all ages * minors must accompanied by an adult
July 23 Port Dover Arena EVE
6 pm- 12 am 19 + must show 2 pieces of ID
*Guests must arrive by 7 pm to guaranteed seats*
 
ALL DAY PASSES THAT INCLUDE ALL EVENTS ARE ON SALE
 

NOTE:

ADVANCED PRE-SALES ARE OPEN
*Purchase tickets before July 5 for best available reserved seating.
No reserved seating guaranteed after July 5th – it will be first come first served the day of the event. Get your tickets now as we are expect to sell out.

Lineup:

Headliner
The Galen Weston Band featuring
David Sanborn (6x Grammy winner)

Also playing:

The Shuffle Demons
June Garber
David Restivo and more