St. Williams’ Front Road has become a booming region for winemakers, which is currently home to three wineries. Located at the Bosgoed Family Farm, Inasphere Wines opened its doors in 2015. It is perfectly situated on the top of a hill, overlooking the many acres of the farm, vineyards, and reclaimed Long Point marshlands that gives Inasphere its unique charm.
When you first arrive, you are welcomed by an adorable vegetable stand stocked with farm fresh produce sits at the end of the driveway and barking of the friendly family dog. The retail shop is small yet welcoming, featuring a small, but growing selection of wine. Chatting Ryan and Shantel Bosgoed, you can tell how the farm and the winery are their pride and joy.
Not quite a rose, or a white wine. The Grey Area, is made with a blend of white and red pinot noir grapes. When bottled initially, the wine is white, but as it ages it gains a beautiful red colour. Like a sunset in a bottle, it is the perfect wine to sip on while watching the sun set over the farm in the patio or reclined in the adirondack chairs. It has a sweet aroma with hints of honey and a smooth finish. This wine has been extremely well received, selling out in about a month after its first release. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy this beautiful wine again!
The colourful barn, surrounding greenery, and vast fields are a sight to behold. Norfolk County’s small town, rural charm can be felt throughout from their friendly and down to earth staff to the vegetable stand at the end of their driveway. Described wonderfully as a hidden gem by customers and visitors, Inasphere Wines is certainly worth another visit.
Amidst the quiet farmlands you stumble upon Villa Nova Estate Winery. As you pull up into the parking lot, the winery’s rustic charm stands out among the barns, scenic rolling hills, wetlands, and forest in the background.
Inside the retail shop, it has a cozy feel with matching rustic, farmhouse decor and fairy lights strung around. Rob, the winemaker, is super friendly and a pleasure to talk to as you sample the reds, whites, and ciders Villa Nova has to offer. The Vidal is a popular choice at the winery. It’s off-dry, citrusy, light, and finishes smooth and mildly sweet, causing it to be labelled “dangerous” by Rob’s parents. However, even more dangerous is their Sweet Apple dessert wine. It looks, smells, and tastes just like apple juice. The taste of alcohol is completely non-existent. Our only complaint is that the bottle is too small.
With a glass of their flagship Saucy Cider (or Sweet Apple, it’s perfect to drink even on its own) in hand, relaxing on their deck is the perfect way to unwind. The view from the desk is simply magnificent, as you look upon the natural landscape of an ancient river valley, forest, and vineyards. You might even be able to spot some deer, turkey, or fowl in the fields if lucky enough.
VIlla Nova Estate Winery are proud supporters of the arts, partnering with the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, their Saucy Cider served on opening nights of their shows. Moving forward, we can expect great things from the winery in the future such as music festivals (like the popular annual Bluegrass festival) and more.
Located in Aylmer of Elgin County, Rush Creek Wines is an award winning winery quickly transforming into a new hub for the community as Ron the winemaker has great things planned for the years to come. Since he joined in 2015, the winery has won many awards for their fruit wines every year. With his recent venture into producing the winery’s first grape wine, we hope this one is an award winner as well.
When you first arrive at the winery, it can be slightly overwhelming with the huge selection of wines available. The wines range from dry to sweet, dark to vibrant colours, all with unique flavours and aromas. With such a diverse selection of wines, Rush Creek may become the first winery to have wines in all colours of the rainbow.
Their award winning Raspberry-Chocolate wine is truly special, featuring a mouthwatering chocolate and raspberry aromas and rich flavours. It’s smooth in texture and finishes nicely. Paired with dark chocolate, it’s like entering chocolate heaven. If not a chocolate fan, their Nectarine is a beautifully clear wine. It has a rich, peachy aroma, and tastes like a perfectly ripe nectarine. Semi-sweet with a nice finish, it is the perfect wine to send off the summer.
As mentioned before, Ron aims to transform the winery into a place for the community and a must-see destination for tourists. Behind the wine tasting room is another retail shop where there is something for everyone. Here, you can find Rush Creek Wines’ own coffee blend, artisanal cheese, artwork, various memorabilia, jellies and preserves, clothing, and more. Community events are also in the work such as drive-in movie nights, local musicians and artists showcasing their talent, bake sales, and more. Here at the OSCWGA are excited to see what’s to come from Rush Creek Wines.