I recently had the pleasure of visiting Norfolk County for a few days on a glamping adventure. "Ontario's South Coast" is the newest emerging wine region in Ontario. While glamping, we had the opportunity to visit Burning Kiln Winery, which is conveniently located across the street from Long Point Eco Adventures.
Many of the farms located within Norfolk County are actually old tobacco farms. Years ago, Norfolk County was a region where tobacco ruled the local economy. With a mild climate and length growing seasons, fields upon fields were used to grow tobacco. Nowadays, the conditions of these fields provide optimal growing conditions for ginger, produce and even wineries!
The first recorded discovery of grapes was made in Norfolk County by French Explorers Dollier and Gallinée in 1670!
|Burning Kiln Cab Frank|
Wining and Dining
I headed over to Burning Kiln Winery before we went zip-lining for a quick lunch meeting and was greeted by the friendliest staff! I was a little early, but they were expecting me so I had a seat ready for me at the bar in the main entrance and I started chatting with the bartender as I waited. It took all of maybe 1-2 minutes for my first glass of Burning Kiln Wine to be poured and I couldn't have been happier! I opted for a light, refreshing glass of Broken Needle Rose. It must have been 30C plus humidity, so having a light, fruity glass of wine was perfect!
|Burning Kiln Winery Rose|
Burning Kiln Winery has partnered with David's Restaurant from Port Dover. They have a food truck on site, David's On Tour, offering up a variety of delicious options using a lot of fresh, locally grown ingredients with pairing options. These options can be enjoyed indoors, at the bar as well as on their patio or even around the vineyard at the many picnic tables available. You can order your dishes to-go, and they will come in easy, convenient packages and can be enjoyed with Burning Kiln Wine suggested wines. I ordered the "Not Mom's Breakfast" which was pulled pork wrapped in a crepe then wrapped in prosciutto & fried, served with Kettle chips & grainy mustard. This was so delicious! The chips were perfectly crisp and the pulled pork was perfectly seasoned. I could have ate another!
|Lunch From David's Restaurant on Tour at Burning Kiln Winery|
You can see the full menu offered by David's on Tour HERE
Burning Kiln Winery has a variety of award-winning wines available including 9 whites, 5 reds, and 1 rose. Paying homage to the roots of their winery's location, which has been reconfigured from an old tobacco pack barn, Burning Kiln Winery has aptly named each of their wines to reflect this. The 2012 Strip Room, the 2010 Kiln Hanger and even the 2012 Planter Pinot Gris, Burning Kiln Winery award-winning wines are named after something reminiscent of the tobacco pack barn and tracks that they are made on.
|Burning Kiln Award Winning Cab|
|Burning Kiln Award Winning Wines|
|Burning Kiln Wine Awards|
A variety of Burning Kiln Wines are available in the LCBO but in addition to that, Burning Kiln Winery offers the option of ordering the wines of your choice online and having them shipped directly to you!
You can learn more about the shipping process HERE.
Touring the Vineyard
Burning Kiln Winery is situated in the geographical phenomenon Sand Plains within Norfolk County. With 26 acres of planted Vinifera grapes such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Merlot, Burning Kiln Winery is actually over 85 acres, yet they are keeping the planted area at a reasonable size in order to offer the expert care and attention to detail they put into each and every bottle. The team at Burning Kiln Winery tends to the vines by hand, uses protective netting and even hand picks all of the grapes for their wines.
|Burning Kiln Winery|
|Burning Kiln Winery|
When going for our tour of Burning Kiln Winery, we of course had a glass in hand (obvs) and were walked through the detailed process of the planting, upkeep and care and picking of the grapes. Our tour guide also gave a brief history of the area and explained how Burning Kiln Winery is aiming to stay eco-friendly and how they are taking measures to respect the land. We were are also given a synopsis of the reasoning behind why Andrzej Lipinski decided to build a winery in Norfolk County and what led him to that decision.
|Sipping in the Burning Kiln Winery Vineyard|
The inside of Burning Kiln Winery is almost as beautiful as the outside. The back of the building fully opens up onto the vineyard, optimizing the space available. Ideal for corporate events, bachlorette/bachelor parties, holiday parties, birthday parties and more - Burning Kiln Winery is a great venue. The view when that back door opened was stunning. I was unable to capture a great picture, as they had the machinery and barrels of wine in place, but once those were moved to the side - it would be perfect! Your event could be indoors and have a tent brought out to carry the space over to outdoors. They are partners with Long Point Eco Adventures across the street and can plan an event combining the two venues.
|Barrel of Wine at Burning Kiln Winery|
Having the chance to visit Burning Kiln Winery was a lovely experience. We tasted a variety of wines and didn't have a complaint about any. They were all delicious! Taking the tour was very interesting because we learned the behind the scenes practices that bring us these delicious bottles of wine and all the hard work that goes into each. We were lucky to have our tour guide all to ourselves as it was just us and him on the tour. So, we could ask as many questions as we liked, without feeling like we were holding up the group. LOL
When he explained that the winery could be, and has been, used for events, I was ecstatic! My mind instantly started racing about what I could do with that space. LOL I could see myself holding events here, family gatherings and whatnot. Burning Kiln Winery is located about 2 hours from Toronto, and easily accessible via a beautiful, scenic drive through Ontario's South Coast.
I'm looking forward to heading back to Norfolk County in the near future, and visiting Burning Kiln Winery again. Have you ever been to Burning Kiln Winery, or have you tried any of their wines?
Disclaimer: My lunch and tour were comped for our visit, however - as per usual, my views are entirely my own and I really did love all the wines and the vineyard is beautiful!