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2015 Regional Award Winner

 

Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery

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Steve Buehner, Anita Buehner and Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board

Steve Buehner, Anita Buehner and Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board

In 2008, Steve and Anita Buehner harvested their final crop of tobacco. Today, their Norfolk County farm is nearly unrecognizable. Purple lavender blooms cover 3.5 acres, while another 10 acres have been converted to cold-hardy grapes. Meanwhile, naturalized wetland, wildflowers and native tallgrass attract biodiversity. A steady stream of visitors arrive to wander pathways, inhale the heady scent of lavender and pick up a bottle or two of wine. The Buehners haven't forgotten their heritage, however. One former tobacco kiln houses an essential distiller. In another, lavender dries on old tobacco racks, while the 5,000-square-foot former tobacco barn now houses a winery and a retail store.


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