Escape to the Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) for a memorable wine experience, consisting of over eighteen wineries that will make you never want to leave! The purchase of our EPIC Tasting Pass unlocks complimentary tastings, premium samples, a free wine glass, and even a tour at one of the 11 participating EPIC winery stops on the route.
Our picturesque wineries rest alongside the Lake Erie North Shore Region and produce award-winning, world-class wines. This is due to our prime location consisting of a unique maritime climate. Our location provides us with great soil and 30 more days of sun− all contributing to a more tasteful and sweeter grape.
Each winery holds a unique story and history you can taste from the glass. From Canada’s oldest estate winery Pelee Island Winery to Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery and the only beachfront winery in Ontario, there is plenty to discover.
There are over 1,000 acres of grapes in our area. Smell, sip and savour bold reds, crisp whites and delicate ice wines. While you tour, stop at several of our wineries featuring locally sourced menus and farm-to-table dining experiences. Oxley Estate Winery has a menu that rotates weekly based on what’s available in the market – Cooper’s Hawk Vineyard executive chef takes pride in designing Windsor Essex sourced menus – Bistro 42 at North 42 Degrees Estate Winery gives panoramic views of the vineyard while you dine – and CREW Winery offers charcuterie platters curated by The Cheese Company. There is truly something for everyone!
You can visit our wineries by bike, trolley, or car. It is completely up to you! Design the route you want to take, for as long as you want to stay! We have an abundance of hotels, cottages, and B&Bs available throughout the entire region allowing you to stay overnight and explore our historic towns.
If you want to seek more adventure, take the ferry to Pelee Island, the most southern point of Canada. Pelee Island Winery Pavilion is where our region’s wine country all started. Enjoy a day on Canada’s largest private estate and then explore the rest of the island.
Delectable tastings, tours and food pairings will make your trip a wine-lover’s dream come true. We guarantee we will exceed your expectations when you visit our region’s wine country.
To learn more about all the wineries and to view the latest edition of our Essex Pelee Island Coast wine route please click here.