We'd like to thank everyone who came to visit The County and helped support the Ontario wine industry. It's very exciting that 2015 was one of our busiest years yet and we can only imagine great things ahead. We hope everyone takes the time to reflect back on 2015 and pick out a few highlights from the past year. We have had some fantastic articles written about the Grange in newspapers and magazines, attended some fun events and even won awards. Below are few standouts! The Granger family wishes our wine friends all the best in 2016! Hope to see you over the winter.
The Grange was featured in multiple print magazines throughout 2015. Some included Edible Ottawa, Wedding Bells, Food & Wine and a 14-page spread in the LCBO's Food and Drink magazine! We were also mentioned in a number of blog posts by wine and travel bloggers. Thank you to all of those writers, journalists and bloggers who took the time to come see us, furthering people's interest in The County.
We were also very proud to have been awarded the best VQA sparkling wine under $35 dollars at The Royal Winter Fair this year. We've been receiving fantastic feedback about our 2010 Brut and you can still order bottles online! Click here to see the full list of competition results from the 2015 Royal Winter Fair.
Our mother/daughter winemaking duo was featured in a few short videos this year. Lynn Crawford teamed up with owner & winemaker Caroline Granger to create the perfect charcuterie plate paired with The Grange's Gamay. Joe Hache and The Food Channel came by to learn more about their unique relationship as a winemaking team. For the Lynn Crawford and Caroline Granger video, click here and for the Joe Hache and Grange winemakers' video, click here.
The Grange was very honoured to have been the topic of conversation in a few newspapers columns. Check out the Toronto Star articles 'Wine Lovers' Escape: Prince Edward County', 'How do you know if a wine is vegan-friendly?' and 'Ontario red wine doesn't have to be pricey to be tasty: Best Ontario Reds Under $15' by Carolyn Evans Hammond. We were very pleased that our readily available estate Pinot Gris received a score of 90 points and our Gamay a score of 89 points. The Peterborough Examiner also caught up with our winemakers to learn more about the farm and the wines The Grange produces. Both articles 'A Wine With Identity' and 'Mother and Daughter Pulling off Prince Edward Style' offer readers more insight to the history of our wines/ winery as well as food and wine pairing advice.
We had another very successful year of homemade picnics, tours and tastings at our historic winery. We had everything from small bike groups to big bus tours from George Brown College come. We're always happy to put on a local lunch and educate wine enthusiasts on what makes PEC distinctive as a wine region. A big thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed some wine. Whether you were just popping in or coming for an event, we hope you'll be back.
Finally, all of this couldn't be possible without the fruits of our labour. We had a great group of hardworking staff and volunteers that made sure the 2015 harvest went as smoothly and efficiently as possible. It was a challenging vintage but we still managed to get quality estate-grown fruit for our wine. Our harvest party is always a blast and a highlight of the year. We are looking forward to seeing the finished bottled product and hope you are too.