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photo by Kate Dennis
photo by Kate Dennis

Closson Chase is a quality-driven winery that helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry, using centuries-old European traditions & sustainable, innovative techniques to create world class wines using only the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris grapes.

An early advocate for sustainable practices, Closson Chase crafts fine wines that reflect each individual vintage, capturing the distinct qualities imparted by the soil and climatic variations of the year.

FOUNDED 1998

PARTNERS Seaton McLean, Sonja Smits, Michael MacMillan, Gene McBurney, Andy Thomson, Bill Fanjoy and Deborah Paskus

WINERY SITE Township of Hillier Ontario, Prince Edward County

VIGNERON & WINEMAKER Keith Tyers

VINTNERS QUALITY ALLIANCE (VQA) APPELLATION
Prince Edward County. This is Ontario’s most northern appellation located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario at a latitude of 44°N. The area relies on the lake to provide a moderated cool climate growing season.

VINEYARDS
Single vineyard of 30 acres south facing, limestone-rich soil under vine; planted high density

AVG. YIELD PER ACRE
Yields are controlled through thinning prior to veraison; 2 tonnes per acre

SOILS
Hillier clay loam, shallow crumbled limestone overlying fractured limestone, pH 7.9, well drained

CLIMATE 

Cool climate viticulture at the limit of vinifera production in Eastern Ontario. Prevailing southwesterly breezes travel across the Bay of Quinte moderating temperatures throughout the year. These are especially beneficial during the warm summer months, keeping average temperatures around 22 degrees C.

GRAPE VARIETIES
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris

WINERY PRODUCTION

CAPACITY
5000 cases

GRAPE SOURCE
Estate: 70-75%  (vintage variation)
Beamsville Bench: 25-30% (vintage variation)

AGING
Vintage dependent, but up to 18 months in French Oak barrels