Looking for an enjoyable experience for your taste buds? Take a tour of Lennox & Addington County’s award-winning wineries, cider houses and craft microbreweries.
The Napanee Beer Company
Start your tour at L&A’s newest microbrewery, The Napanee Beer Company. Located at 450 Milligan Lane in Napanee, they’ve garnered a lot of attention in a short time, taking home accolades from the Ontario Brewing Awards, including the Newcomer of the Year award. Brews available include Mayday (Belgian Pale Ale), Blacklist (German Black Lager), Deadline (Premium Lager) and Extremist (Beligan IPA). The Napanee Beer Company also has special edition brews available monthly.
You can purchase at their production facility, at LCBO locations in the region, and their beers are on tap at many restaurants in Eastern Ontario.
Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Company
The next tour stop is Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Company, located at 9656 Loyalist Parkway, just east of Adolphustown. Opening in 2007, it has the distinction of being the first winery in Lennox & Addington. It produces Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Vidal, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and a Rosé from wines that are made exclusively from grapes grown on their 10-acre vineyard. Bergeron also produces Cole Point Cider, a delicious beverage made from apples from a local orchard.
They also offer ‘Nona’s Pizzeria’ that uses authentic Italian recipes (Bergeron’s mother-in-law is from Italy) along with crust made from scratch and topped with local ingredients.
Thirty Three Vines Winery
Next, head just up the road to Thirty Three Vines Winery. Located at 9261 Loyalist Parkway near Conway, their unique tasting room is housed inside a refurbished CN Railway Caboose. It’s easy to relax on their patio that overlooks the 10 acre vineyard and Lake Ontario.
In addition to the vineyard and caboose, an old post and beam barn has been renovated into a modern production facility that houses the entire process of transforming grapes into wine, from crushing to storage. Thirty Three Vines produces Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot.
MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company
Wrap up your tour at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company. The microbrewery uses hops, wheat, and barley grown on the MacKinnon farm that’s been in the family for more than 200 years.
Their tasty offerings include Crosscut (Canadian Ale), 8 Man (Engilsh Pale Ale), Red Fox (Summer Ale), Origin (Hefeweisen), Wild (Peppermint Stout), and Brothers (House Ale). You can purchase their beer at their ‘Chicken Coop’ on-site location. Their beer can be also found at various LCBO locations, and at restaurants and pubs throughout Eastern Ontario and beyond. MacKinnon Brothers is located at 1915 County Road 22 in Bath.
COMING SOON: The Hard Way Cider Co.
A brand new hard beverage option will soon be opening its doors in L&A County. The Hard Way Cider Co. produces hand-crafted, cold pressed and barrel aged small batch cider made from 100% Ontario apples. Founders Lisa & Steve Goddard believe that nothing worth while ever came easy. Always learning, improving and pushing the envelope, they have their hands in every part of the process and continue bring their cider to the world… The Hard Way.
Offerings include Original Dry: a crisp, golden and lightly carbonated dry cider; and Rogue Apples: a delicious, crisp cider that is meant to be enjoyed with friends on the sunniest patio you can find.
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