Visit one of the Ottawa region's newest wineries
- Canada Travel Tips
- Friday, 06 April 2012 17:18
Wine buffs may have heard that Canada's capital region has taken the industry by storm, offering a range of fresh new varieties from roughly 10 different vineyards in the area. Tours of Ottawa would not be complete without a visit to the destination's latest wine hotspot, the Jabulani Vineyard and Winery.
Opened back in 2011, this winery is the brainchild of owners Tom and Janet Moul, who wanted to bring a fresh take to wine in the region. As a South African native, Tom says he wanted to bring a little bit of his home country to Ottawa by growing grapes popular in the nation and producing similarly named and styled libations.
The company has perfected their selection of wines to bring top quality product to the table that guests can sample on the premises or purchase to share with loved ones back home. One of the popular types of white is the Frontenac Gris and Pino Grigio, blended together to form a distinct fruit flavour and a slight spice inspired by South African styles of producing wine.
Jabulani also releases a unique 100 ml bottle that is a perfect souvenir of a trip to this vineyard. The Jeripigo, as it is known, is a white wine that has a slightly higher alcohol content than the other varieties.
Those who visit may try wines at the Moul's log home and tasting room, and the event is usually hosted by the owners themselves. During the sessions, the couple will bring out perfectly chilled wines and full-bodied reds paired with artisan cheeses, fruits and crackers. If visitors wish to see the grounds, they may purchase a glass to take with them on their stroll of the 38-acres of land.
While on a wine kick, travellers in the area have plenty of other vineyards they can venture to that also offer tours, samplings and sometimes even restaurants right on the premises. Domaine Perrault has a reputation for being a superior winery in the region, as does Verger Croque-Pomme, a producer most popular for its selection of apple wines.
Tasting local wines as a traveller can be a great way to get a feel for a region, especially in Ottawa where this industry in blooming and experiencing increased success every year.