Culverdene House is in the South Coast Wine Region. The region’s reputation is growing fast. It produces quality reds and whites and some very interesting fruit and dessert wines. You can get a complete list of all the wineries in the area, build your own wine tour and read the latest news about South Coast wines on the South Coast Wine Association’s website.
Below is some information on the wineries closest to Culverdene House.
• Wooden Bear L Winery
The retail outlet for Wooden Bear is across the road from Culverdene House.
Wooden Bear specializes in fruit wines including hard apple cider (Bear Claw Cider), apple and cherry wines and Applicious, a sweet apple dessert wine. Tastings are free and tours can be arranged by appointment at no charge.
• Burning Kiln Winery
Distance from Culverdene house: 19 km (20 min.)
Burning Kiln produces VQA wines and their 2009 Reisling was selected as the white wine to be served at official functions at Queen’s Park throughout 2012. They have a patio and restaurant, wine tastings and vineyard tours by appointment. Also on site is Long Point Eco-adventures offering everything from star-gazing at the observatory to ziplining.
• Blueberry Hill Estates
Distance from Culverdene House: 22 km (20 min.)
Chemical-free blueberries have been grown here for over 35 years. You can buy fresh blueberries here from July to October, frozen ones throughout the year. The winery and distillery produces unique wines and spirits mostly from blueberries, including a blueberry ice wine and rhubarb wine. Facilities include a 125-person conference/banquet hall, a café and patio. "Safari carts" can be booked for tours along their 10 km trail through Carolinian woodlands and marsh.
• Dover Vineyards
In the countryside close to Port Dover, this winery is scheduled to open to the public in July 2013.
Dover Vineyards’ award-winning Frisky Beaver and Smoke & Gamble wines are available at select restaurants and from their Website
• Golden Leaf Estate Winery
Distance from Culverdene house: 33 km (30 min.)
They produce red and white wines and have a restaurant on site. They also have a gift shop with local crafts, gift baskets and gift cards.
• Villa Nova Estate Winery
Distance from Culverdene House: 21 km (20 min.)
In addition to red and white wines they make mead (honey wine) with the help of Harmony Hives, who keep bees on the property and Rush Creek Winery (Aylmer). They offer bird watching/eco-tours (April to October) and have an annual open house with music.
• Quai du Vin
Although this winery is about an hour or a little more west of Culverdene House, we mention it here because in addition to its red and white wines, non-alcoholic wines and wine jellies, Quai du Vin Winery has regular outdoor music and art events and the "Grape Escape Vineyard Run".