A bold experiment in northern viticulture, Coffin Ridge Vineyard and Winery is located along the beautiful and rugged northern end of the Niagara Escarpment, and boasts a stunning view of Georgian Bay and the islands off Colpoys Bay.
Planting in this, Grey County’s first vineyard began in 2001 and has gradually expanded from five to twenty-five acres. Our hand-planted vines are lovingly tended from bud-break to lush maturity when they are, alas, ushered to their demise! But it is a journey from death back to life … the transformation from grape to wine. Our signature wines Resurrection Rόse, Into the Light White and Back From The Dead Red are playful and distinctively delicious expressions of this transformation.
We specialize in artisanal wines that are made from varietals suited to our northern geography such as Geisenheim, Maréchel Foch, L’Acadie Blanc, Baco Noir and Marquette. The owners, Neil and Gwen Lamont, have extensively researched cold climate grapes and carefully chosen varieties that thrive in Grey County’s clay soil and sometimes frigid climate.
In 2008 we added cider production to our artful ways and began producing our exciting, crisp and dry Forbidden Cider now available at LCBO outlets throughout the province. Our craft cider program has since expanded to include regular limited edition special releases exclusively available at our Tasting Bar.
The Coffin Ridge Experience
While we are defined by our delicious wines and ciders as well as by the compelling beauty of our surroundings, we also have a reputation for our unique and inspiring events program.
Come to us in February for a bracing snow shoe tour of the sleeping vineyard and in the spring and fall for our author reading series where we show case some of Canada’s most talented writers. With the arrival of true out-door weather there is our Pizza Pie Party in May, and the hugely popular “3 Pigs” event each June - our official heel kick to summer.
Open daily year round, our current winter hours are 12-5 seven days a week. Truly there is no better spot in all of Ontario to take in a summer sunset than our patio overlooking the vineyard, the Bay, and the western horizon.
But don’t just take our word for it that we’re awesome. Here is what some recent visitors had to say:
“An incredible location, view and I love the theme.” (Heather Pearson, Victoria B.C.)
“Quite amazing wine and view.” (Sue Barttley, Sulfolk, U.K.)
“Fantastic way to while away a wee hour.” (Fiona MacNeill & David Gillespie, Glasgow, Scotland)
“We’ll be back. Loved it! Great wines!” (John and Donna Wilkinson, Lion’s Head, Ontario)