Pelee Island Winery
Founded in 1979, Pelee Island Winery, on the mainland, is among Canada’s oldest. And, with 550 acres of vineyard on Pelee Island itself, it is also the largest—and the most southerly—estate winery in eastern Canada. Winemaker Martin Janz oversees a very large portfolio of fruit-forward whites, reds and good-value Vinedresser Reserves, made at the mainland winery in Kingsville. Pinot Noir has been one of the most awarded reds recently; Pinot Grigio, the red Monarch blend and a unique Cabernet–Petit Verdot also took Golds at the 2009 Ontario Wine Awards. Look for their new Lighthouse line, launched this year.