10 Firsts in 10 Years at The Grange

1.     Our first vintage began October 5th, 2003. We harvested 8 tons of chardonnay and Gamay from 12 acres. We would have had at least another ton of fruit but over the weekend before we began harvest, raccoon came in and ate half of our gamay!

 

2.     We first opened our doors to the publish June 5th 2004. We released our first rosé at our grand opening and sold out 28 days later. Needless to say we made more the following year…

 

3.     We won our first award and the first Ontario Wine Award for a Prince Edward County winery in 2004 for our 2003 Gamay

 

4.     We made the first VQA Prince Edward County wine, which was our 2006 Pinot Gris. Caroline was instrumental in getting the DVA (designated viticultural area status) for Prince Edward County in the spring of 2007.

 

5.     2007 was a big year for us. It was our first 100% estate grown vintage on the estate. We have maintained 100% estate production ever since.

 

6.     We won the first Cuveé Award for Prince Edward County, for our first 100% estate grown Northfield Cabernet Franc. An exciting moment for us, helping solidify Cab Franc as a great grape in the region.

 

7.     First VQA Prince Edward County wine in the LCBO; it was the first in the Go-to-Market program to be delivered to Queens Quay, then in Vintages and finally in the LCBO General List. We now have three wines available; our Estate Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Gamay.

 

8.     We became the first 60-acre estate vineyard in Prince Edward County. To this day we are still the largest estate vineyards in the region. This is important to us because it allows us to get 100% Prince Edward County wines out there for people to try.

 

9.     Our Golden Years: In 2010 we won our first Gold (and Best in Show) at the Royal Winter Fair for our Riesling. The next year we won our first gold at the Ontario wine awards for our Brut. And later that some year the Brut won Gold again, this time it was our first international Gold at the Hong Kong International Wine Competition.

 

10.  Caroline’s Firsts: she was the first woman from Prince Edward County win Woman in Business Award and the first woman from the wine industry. Caroline was also the first wine industry representative to be appointed by the Federal Minister of Agriculture to the board of Farm Credit Canada- Canada’s leading agricultural bank.