Family-owned and operated, the vineyards in Kawarthas Northumberland bring you a taste-of-place experience you can’t get anywhere else.
The 100-acre Villa Conti Oak Heights Estate Winery commands a beautiful view of the rolling hills of Northumberland County, just outside the village of Warkworth (a foodie destination in itself). Tommaso and Bambina were both born in Italy and they love welcoming guests to enjoy the tastes and sights of their rustic Italian roots. Their menu is available here, and call in advance to ensure they are not hosting an event.
Jon Drew and Katie Dickson are the second generation to be working their family farm on the hills overlooking Rice Lake. They decided to start Rolling Grape Winery to introduce a fresh taste-of-place to the Kawarthas. Visitors are welcome to soak up the view on their patio – the sunsets can be amazing, as the photo above shows & this one on our Instagram too. While you visit, you can sample some of their wines, including a signature Marquette and Frontenac, and their dry and tannic Amplified Orange. Bottles are available for purchase so you can take a taste of the Kawarthas home with you.
Kawartha Country Wines is about an hour’s drive north of Rice Lake, up near the southern edge of Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. This winery specializes in fruit wines, ciders, and jams and jellies. Since they began in 2004, they’ve won 7 awards at the All Canadian Wine Championships. They are typically open 7 days a week year-round from 10am to 6pm.