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is Canada’s southernmost point, situated 15 miles off Lake Erie's north shore. Winemaking began on the island in 1866 when Canada’s first estate winery, Vin Villa, was established, choosing Pelee Island as its home. Today, the island has just one winery, but there are over 500 acres of vines. This Designated Viticultural Area rests on the same latitude as some of the world’s most recognized wine regions, including Northern California, Central Italy and Southern France. The island's soils are mostly sandy loam and clay, atop limestone bedrock, similar to what you would find on the Ontario mainland. Growers here take full advantage of the region’s long growing season, extended by the southerly position and moderating lake effect. Over the course of this lengthy growing season, the island's vineyards enjoy the greatest accumulation of heat units of any wine region in Canada, yielding fully ripened fruit for Pelee Island winemakers. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Baco Noir

    Baco Noir is a hybrid red wine grape created at the beginning of the 20th century by French hybridizer, Francois Baco...

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  • Welcome, GW.  I'd never even heard of Pelee Island.  Now, thanks to you and the Snooth Forum, I have.Please continue to explore new wines.  That is, pretty much, the mantra of most of the participants, here.  On the other hand, the most important thing is that you drink what you like.Feel free to ask questions here on the Forum--we love to show ... Read More

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  • Welcome! Knowing what you like, trying more wine, getting a better idea of what ... had the pleasure of drinking Pelee Island wine. Best wishes to you and your friend in her figh Read More

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  • Hi! I am a 33yr old trying to stay at home mom of two boys and used to be a ... ... wine but I do know that Pelee Island are always safe choices and the pinot grigio with the bird on the bottle is tasty. I also like a good Merlot....completely different wines :P I do like trying new stuff....but usually they only taste good after a few glasse... Read More

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  • Well...hi! I buy wine based on the airmiles most of the time and tend to prefer ... they are quite different. Pelee Island makes some of my favorites and tonight I am trying Fat Bastard probably for the first and last tim Read More

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  • Pelee Island Chenin Blanc Vidal 2010

    Snoothrank:

    What a delicious and savory white from Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada! The color was daybright yellow in my glass. Aroma's of citrus, pineapple, and melon tantalized my senses! Mouth feel was medium in weight with a good acidity level. Flavors of young white peach, melon, and pineapple abound! On my second sip, more tropical fruit, mineral, and f... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Pelee Island Winery Merlot Ontario Semi-Sweet 2008

    Snoothrank:

    I love this wine! Oddly, living in Canada and this is a Canadian winery, I could not find at my local LCBO. Had to purchase in the states! Read More

    Wine review by kitycoem


  • Pelee Island Chenin Blanc Vidal 2008

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    Wine review by hobowiretoaster


  • Pelee Island Winery Pinot Noir Lake Erie North Shore Vqa Reserve 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Wines RRW


  • Pelee Island Winery Merlot Ontario Semi-Sweet 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Very interesting, not at all what I expected. I had to go out and buy 6 bottles. Read More

    Wine review by Drunk as a Skunk


  • Pelee Island Winery Gewurztraminer Blanc NV

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    We tried 2008.Slightly spicy. Really unique tasting. Pretty easy to drink, not too dry. Read More

    Wine review by imimbles


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