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ALTON FARMS ESTATE WINERY: Pioneers of Huron Shores

The Editors
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Family-owned and operated by husband and wife team Marc Alton and Anne Kurtz-Alton, Alton Farms Estate Winery recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. Literally pioneers in Ontario’s newest emerging wine region of Huron Shores, Marc and Anne have handcrafted excellent wines with taste and quality their primary focus. Most have received the coveted VQA Ontario status.

The Scene

There is a strong commitment to using sustainable farm practices on the 90-acre property, with six acres of producing vines. This includes extensive composting and a herd of Shetland sheep and lambs who eat the ground cover between the rows of vines, and fertilize the soil. The winery utilizes a century-old wooden drive shed, and the welcoming and warm tasting room and a retail store are located downstairs in the family home. A summer patio features a wood-fired pizza oven, and the grounds are home to a number of special events, including a harvest time Grape Stomp!

Highlights

Anne Kurtz-Alton & Marc Alton

A former engineer, Marc is a self-taught winemaker and grape grower who is learning, adapting, and challenging traditional winemaking practices. He is willing to experiment and every year he handcrafts 13–17 exceptional wines, ranging from traditional Chardonnay and Bordeaux blends, to unique blends including new hybrids such as Frontenac. An exclusive Wine Club is available for the curious and devotees. Follow on social media to keep up with events held throughout the year to sample the wines, including Wine Tastings & Pairings, Grape Stomp, Weinfest, and Wine Wednesday Dinners featuring top local chefs. Their wines are available at many restaurants, select LCBOs and at farmers’ markets in London, Bayfield, Sarnia and Point Edward.

Winery

5547 Aberarder Line, Plympton-Wyoming
65 kilometres West of London
519-899-2479)

May–October, WED–SUN noon–6 pm
Nov–April, FRI–SUN noon–6 pm
Or by appointment.

Pizza oven hours vary. See website.

altonfarmsestatewinery.com 

Most Wines are Ontario VQA
Tasting Room & Tours Available
Seasonal Patio & Wood-fired Pizza Oven
Exclusive Wine Club
Wednesday Evening Dinners
Follow on FB for Special Events
Available for Private Events
Trails for Hiking & Cross Country Skiing

Sustainable Farm Practices

 

Wide Variety of Local VQA Wines

 

Welcoming Tasting Room

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