Pelee Island Winery

Ontario, Canada

From the humble beginnings of J.S. Hamilton & Company in Brantford, Ontario, to the present-day Pelee Island Winery, the journey of winemaking and sustainability has been a remarkable one. It all started with Joshua S. Hamilton, a visionary in the wine marketing world, who ventured into the grocery business and eventually formed J.S. Hamilton & Company when his partner, Dunlop, retired in 1877.

Hamilton’s passion for winemaking led him to establish a new company, the Pelee Island Wine & Vineyard Co., Ltd., which paved the way for the construction of a magnificent 3-storey Wine House at the West Dock on Pelee Island. Tragically, this iconic structure was destroyed by fire in 1935, marking a significant setback for the company.

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However, the spirit of winemaking on Pelee Island could not be extinguished. In 1979, Walter Strehn breathed new life into the island by purchasing land and resurrecting vineyards. This resurgence culminated in the establishment of the Pelee Island Vineyards Company in 1982, marking a turning point in the island’s winemaking history.

Today, Pelee Island Winery continues to captivate the world with the unique terroir of the Canadian South Islands sub-appellation. Through the cultivation of Vinifera varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Merlot, the winery showcases the essence of the region.

With a rich history spanning back to the first grape plantings in 1854, Pelee Island Winery embraces sustainability and a sense of place in everything it does. The commitment to quality and authenticity is reflected in the meticulous craftsmanship of each wine, lovingly created by a dedicated team of winemakers and viticulturists.

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Environmental stewardship is at the forefront of Pelee Island Winery’s ethos. With over 700 acres of vineyards under its care, the winery has complete control over its grape supply, enabling strict adherence to sustainable vineyard practices outlined by the World Wildlife Fund. This includes limited and controlled pesticide use and the utilization of a 100% island-grown natural fertilizer. As a founding member of Sustainable Winemaking Ontario, Pelee Island Winery is committed to enhancing the environment through sustainable practices in both the winery and vineyards.

Looking to the future, Pelee Island Winery has bold ambitions to become North America’s greenest community. With investments in renewable energies, recycling programs, water treatment facilities, composting initiatives, bio-dynamic sewage systems, and organic farming, the winery is determined to lead the way in environmental safety and inspire others to follow suit.

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The winery’s dedication to sustainability extends beyond the vineyards, as it plans to embark on a five-year study to rehabilitate the surrounding forest. Surrounded by vineyards, beaches, and water, Pelee Island Winery envisions a future where eco-friendly practices harmoniously coexist with the natural beauty of the island.

Pelee Island Winery invites wine enthusiasts to embark on a journey that transcends the glass, celebrating not only exceptional wines but also a commitment to the environment. With each sip, guests become part of a sustainable legacy that surpasses expectations and beckons them to return, time and time again.

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Pelee's Wines

  • Pelee Island Winery Vidal Icewine

    Vidal

  • Pelee Island Winery Semi Sweet Merlot

    Merlot

  • Pelee Island Winery Cabernet Franc

    Cabernet Franc

  • Pelee Island Winery Pinot Grigio

    Chardonnay - Pinot Gris

  • Pelee Island Winery Reserve Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

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