PEI Shore Excursions
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Tour Length – 4 hours (5 hours with a restaurant stop)
Your Private Winery & Vineyard Tasting Tour will depart Charlottetown and head East crossing the Hillsborough River, one of three rivers that empties into Charlottetown Harbour. But only the Hillsborough River is a Heritage River, one of two on PEI. We travel on the Trans-Canada Highway, on our right Stratford gives way to the countryside. We will see, beyond farms and fields, the Northumberland Strait on our right and farms, fields and woods on left. We will head due North on Rte. 3 passing St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church. One of only a several brick churches on PEI.
The tour will Head East on Rte. 24 through some of the hilliest and mainly uninhabited stretches of Eastern PEI. Thick woods with occasional breaks for farm land views as well as Fish Hatcheries, private fishing lakes, and lots of countryside. Watch for Fox, Coywolves, Raptors from American Kestrels to Great Horned Owls, and Bald Eagles
Rte. 24 turns to Rte.4 as we cruise through the picturesque fishing village of Murray River. A small harbor with lobster boats and wharves. The smell of salt water will fire you up as we approach White Sands Road. Across the Strait Nova Scotia can be seen on a clear day, and we are minutes from Rossignol Winery.
Rossignol Winery produces about 50,000 bottles of wine a year and employs roughly 12 employees at peak operation. Their wines, made from seven cold climate varieties of grapes grown over 15 acres of vineyard property and from fruits like strawberries, apples, blueberries and raspberries grown by local farmers, are certainly passing the taste test. Blackberry Mead, Rossignol’s signature wine that “started as an experiment’’, has captured a gold medal five years straight at the All Canadian Wine Championships.
Your Winery Tour leaves Rossignol and takes a short and scenic ride for Newman Estates Winery, our final stop on this tour. Newman Estates Winery’s sandy soil is unique to that area of PEI and together with our southern slope makes it an ideal location for growing ideal grapes.
All of our Newman Estate wines are made with 100% Prince Edward Island grapes, Estate grown, on our vineyard in Gladstone Prince Edward Island. Our wines are only available at our boutique winery due to our small batches. However, that only adds to an already truly unique winery tour tasting experience.
From here, if we have time and desire, there are several options;
- Finish the tour as planned. If time allows, we would love to take a different route back to keep it interesting.
- Add a restaurant stop.
- Add a Craft Brewery that is on the way back to Charlottetown. We can add time to accommodate if stopping will bring us over the time allotted.
- Add a sightseeing destination. We can add time to accommodate if stopping will bring us over the time allotted.
Add a Craft Brewery; Copper Bottom Brewing. Copper Bottom Brewing is Kings County, PEI’s first craft brewery and taproom. Featuring great beer and world class entertainment year-round, Copper Bottom acts as a community hub for locals & friends to come together for a cold pint overlooking the beautiful Montague River.
Add a sightseeing destination; There are several destinations on the map that may appeal to you. Or you may have one or two of your own. Any extensions to pre -booked tours would be subject to availability. If there is a destination aside from the two wineries in the Down East Winery Tour, we suggest to book it in early to avoid disappointment.
Quality and Convenient Restaurants Along the Way
Café 5. We are casual dining with a contemporary approach.
Our goal is to provide great eats without the many chemicals. This means the food is not filled with additives or preservatives, and we make just about all of it in our own kitchen. Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. Rather than revolving around the idea of ingesting less or more of specific things (for instance, fewer calories or more protein), the idea is about being mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin and your plate. This does not mean we are fat-free, sugar-free, or carbohydrate-free. This means we are conscious of what types of fats, sugars and carbohydrates we are eating.
Café 5 is conveniently located for a noonish reservation after the winery tours. Reservations recommended. “Never a disappointment, always satisfying”. PEI WINERY TOURS
Windows on the Water. Along the banks of the Montague River, stands a historic home that was built over 150 years ago. This early circa 1850, two story building has been connected with the first commercial history of Montague, being known as one of the earliest general stores first operated in the town. Restoration transformed the building into a quaint Restaurant in 1995. This family owned and operated restaurant has won awards such as:
- Recommended in “Where to Eat in Canada” for over 15 years.
- The PEI Shellfish Festival award for our outstanding seafood chowder. Menu.
- PEI’s Great Big Tree Challenge for the largest tree in the most unique area on PEI.
- TripAdvisor certificate of excellence, which honors superiority in the hospitality industry.
Today the restaurant is owned and operated by Lillian Dingwell of Little Pond, PEI. Much of the home’s history remains intact, such as the door moldings, hardwood floors, and beautiful Silver Maple Trees that stand tall through the deck.
We conclude your tour with a 20-minute drive back to Charlottetown with a drive through Victoria Park where we will see, and if there’s time to stop we can stop, at Fanningbank , Beaconsfield Historic House and All Souls Chapel to take a boo. We will drop at the Charlottetown Cruise Ship Terminal or where ever you direct us.
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PEI Winery Tours wants all clients to be aware that some facilities will be unavailable at certain times of the year or have curtailed their hours to meet seasonal demands such as harvest, planting and more. This is unavoidable but normal. On the plus side it will leave time for a longer stay at another facility or for a different destination in its place.
Thank you for your understanding.