Local Wine Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island

COLIO ESTATE WINES: Patience & Experience. Modern Innovation.

The Editors
Written by The Editors

 

One of the first wineries to open its doors in Southwestern Ontario and the first winery licensed since Prohibition, Colio Estate Wines has won over 500 awards in competitions around the world since 1980. A pioneering spirit — patience, determination, and perseverance — remains at the heart of Colio winemaking practices, while modern innovation ensures the quality and variety that satisfy today’s wine enthusiasts.

The Scene

The picturesque winery is located in Harrow, in the heart of the Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wine Country. An elegant Hospitality Centre offers the perfect setting to learn about different wine styles and varietals through guided wine tastings year-round. In warmer weather, enjoy a glass of wine in the outdoor pavilion nestled amongst the vineyards. Watch for special events, some in partnership with EPIC Wine Country such as a Holiday Open House, March Mac’ness, and Dip Into Summer.

Menu Highlights

Sample numerous wine styles and varietals, with expressive, refreshing white wines from vineyard plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. Excellent red wines are created through extensive plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Recent highlight vintages include the barrel-fermented, Gold-Medal winning Bricklayer’s Reward “20 Barrels” 2017 vqa Chardonnay, and the Silver-Medal winning Bricklayer’s Reward 2017 vqa-Riesling.

The ever-popular Charmat method Lily Sparkling vqa wine also earned a Silver Medal at the 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada. Serving both the serious connoisseur and the more relaxed consumer, Colio has built a number of successful brands including: Bricklayer’s series of vqa wines, Lily Sparkling, Back Roads Wine Company, International Series, Colio House blends, and  Girls’ Night Out Wines, a playful brand that includes vqa table wines, flavoured wines, and sangrias, some available in — dare we say it — single-serving cans.

Winery

1 Colio Drive (off Walker Road)
519-738-2241
1-800-265-1322

May–December
HOURS: MON–THURS 10 am–5 pm
FRI & SAT 10 am–6 pm
SUN 11 am–5 pm

January–April
HOURS: MON–SAT 10 am–5 pm
SUN 11 am–5 pm

coliowinery.com

Free Parking
VQA Ontario wines
Wine Flights & Tastings
On Wine Route
Outdoor Pavilion

 

200 Acres Under Cultivation

 

Winemaker Allison Christ

 

The Outdoor Wine Pavilion