Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2010 Regional Award Winner

 

Carrick Wines Inc. - Bruce County

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Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Gary Fischer

Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Gary Fischer

Bruce County can raise a glass of its own homegrown wine thanks to the innovative efforts of a local grower. The region's first winery/cidery, Carrick Wines, is breaking new ground with 12 acres of vines, grown from special hybrid grape varieties that can withstand colder climates. Carrick is focused on quality over volume, and offers an agri-tourism experience for wine lovers. Visitors to the winery's first "Harvest Party" worked a few hours in the growers' boots helping to pick the grapes and learn how the fruit is processed, before enjoying a farm-style lunch held in the winery. This winery/cidery is eco-friendly, using natural disease and pest control methods and "recycling" an existing farm building to house the processing area. The winemaker even transformed the basement of the property's 125 year old farm house into the retail sales centre. It's a new take on a vintage craft.


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