Maple in the County is the time of the year when Sugarbush Vineyards and Waupoos Estate Winery have an ace up their sleeves for wine tourists. In addition to wine tastings, tourists are invited to visit their their sugar bush and make maple taffy on the snow.
At Sugarbush Vineyards on the Wilson Road they have a 2.5 km trail through their sugarbush with a 100 trees being tapped. Outside their tasting room, the sap is boiled down the old fashioned way over a bonfire and kids are encouraged to make maple fudge s'mores. There are more maple goodies in their tasting room for sale along with samples of their estate grown wine. Weather permitting they hope to have a sled dog team and will be charging for dogsled rides around the sugarbush with proceeds going to charity.
Waupoos Winery on Country Road 8 in Cape Vesey also has a sizeable sugarbush, Visitors are invited to stroll the maple grove, enjoy their farm animals including chickens and miniature goats and make taffy on the snow (weather permitting) On Saturday and Sunday morning they will be dishing up a pancake breakfast buffet and from 11 am to 4 pm they will be offering a maple inspired buffet with Goodfellows maple ham and beans. There will be free tastings of their Estate wines and featuring their Maple Ice icewine.
Maple Events at other County Wineries
Even though they have to rely on their neighbours for the maple syrup, many of the other wineries are also celebrating Maple in the County and luring in passers by with maple treats to try with their wines.
On the Closson Road
The Grange of Prince Edward Winery will be offering mini pancakes with a flight of their Trumpour's Mill Chardonnays. All day breakfast $8. adults, $5 for children and on Sunday visitors will be entertained by guitarist Robert Keynes.
Lacey Estates are serving up their popular wine soaked maple apple cake also maple cheddar & caramalized onions on baguettes along with their wine tastings.
Closson Chase are serving mini sandwiches of maple glazed ham & maple cheddar with their 2010 Kocsis vineyard Chardonnay and KJ Watson Pinot Noir.
Huff Estates are serving up open faced pork tenderloin sandwiches with maple Dijon sauce paired with 2009 South Bay Chardonnay on Saturday. On Sunday, they are offering vanilla hazelnut maple tarts with their Zero de Gris dessert wine.
Black Prince Winery is selling its maple infused wine for only $9.98. Guest can sample it with maple cheddar appetizers.
In South Bay
Half Moon Bay Winery is celebrating their Spring Opening with a Pancake Breakfast from 8:l00 - 11:00 am. $5.00 buys a hearty plate of pancakes and sausages smothered in County maple syrup, along with mulled wine and coffee. All proceeds go to the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory.
On County Road 8
Down the road from Waupoos Estate Winery, County Cider are offering maple apple crepes with whipped cream served with a choice of hot maple coffee or their sweet sparkling cider for $7.98.
Check out the other Maple in the County events in my column Running Sap and Flowing wine on wineries in Wellington and Hillier area of Prince Edward County
For a complete list of Maple in the County events across Prince Edward County click here.
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