PEI Shore Excursions
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Tour Length – 6 hours
This PEI Winery Tour departs Charlottetown due West for Matos Winery and Distillery. Matos Winery & Vineyards is a family-owned and family-run business. In 2007, after spending much time researching the growing conditions and suitability of establishing a vineyard in PEI, Jim Matos and his family purchased a 50-acre parcel of land in St. Catherines. They applied the French concept of terroir – finding a place where the combination of soil, slope, sun exposure and the peculiar weather vagaries allow certain grape varieties to unfold their unique characteristics. To this end, they consulted with the finest European vintners who visited PEI to provide their expertise.
Your Wine Tasting Tour Party will depart Matos Vineyard and take your winery tour on a short drive to our destination, Canoe Cove Honey. As we come over the Canoe Cove road hilltop, we are greeted with an astounding view of the Northumberland Strait. Canoe Cove Honey is only 2 minutes away.
Canoe Cove Honey produce a wide variety of items, from the mead, church candles, candles, skin cream and lip balm and of course, jars of honey.
As your private Wine Tasting Tour departs Canoe Cove Honey, we begin a 20-minute drive through the hills and dales of Central Queens County we arrive at Riverdale Orchard. Anne and Alex Jamieson turned a hobby into a business and make Hard Cider. Cider is an alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice, commonly known as Hard Apple Cider in Canada. After more than 3 years they had their first batch of artisan crafted cider, Summer 2018. While waiting for the apple trees to grow they used this time wisely and honed their craft from professionals. Attending Cornell University and achieving NACM certification (National Association on of Cider Makers) was the start of their artisan craft making adventure. By going back to the Three Counties, an area in England, UK, renowned for Cider Making, they worked with award winning artisan craft cider makers Anne & Alex enhanced their knowledge and skills further.
Leaving Riverdale Orchard, your tasting tour crosses Charlottetown and heads East crossing the Hillsborough River, one of three rivers that empties into Charlottetown Harbour. But of the three 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.
We cruise East on Rte. 24, through some of the hilliest and mainly uninhabited stretches of Eastern PEI. Thick woods with occasional breaks for farmland views as well as Fish Hatcheries, private fishing lakes, and lots of countryside. Watch for Fox, Coywolves and Raptors from American Kestrels to Great Horned Owls, and Bald Eagles.
Rte. 24 turns to Rte.4 as we ease through the picturesque fishing village of Murray River. A small harbor with lobster boats and wharves. The smell of saltwater 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 laden property and from fruits like strawberries, apples, blueberries and raspberries grown by local farmers certainly pass 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.
Newman Estates Winery. 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 Newman Estate wines are made with 100% Prince Edward Island grapes, Estate grown, on our vineyard in Gladstone Prince Edward Island. Thankfully their wines are only available at their boutique winery due to our small batches. However, that only adds to an already truly unique winery tour experience.
From here, if we have time and desire, there are several options;
- Finish the tour as planned. No need to explain.
- 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.
We conclude your tour with a 20-minute drive back to Charlottetown with a drive through Victoria Park where we will see, and if theres 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.