Muskoka Lakes Winery operates in Bala, Ontario in the Muskoka region.
While Muskoka is known more as a premier tourism destination than it is as an agricultural region, over the last 18 years, Bala has gained recognition as "The Cranberry Capital of Ontario."
Bala is home to the only two producing commercial cranberry farms in the province. In 1952, Orville Johnston began planting cranberries.
Fifty years later, Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh is the oldest cranberry farm in the province and it is now owned and operated by Orville’s son, Murray Johnston and Murray’s wife, Wendy Hogarth.
In the fall of 2001, the Johnstons decided to begin a new venture, Muskoka Lakes Winery. While grapes don’t grow in the region, cranberries sure do, and Muskoka Lakes Winery specializes in wines made with Muskoka’s native berry. The first release of 600 cases of Cranberry Wine sold out in just 16 days, taking the couple completely by surprise.
"We based our initial production on our juice sales," said Hogarth. " Read more »