June 10, 2018: In June, Yelp hosted their very first day trip and I was one of the lucky Elites to be able to attend this outing! The destination was to Prince Edward County and the purpose was for wine tasting and to enjoy everything that this small but quaint island full of sandy beaches and wineries had to offer.
The itinerary was beautifully set out for us for the day (thank you so much to everyone involved who organized this trip for us; the wine tours were so well organized and thought out!). We met up at the Walmart Plaza in Vaughan early in the morning where we departed east towards Prince Edward County at 9 a.m. Our yellow school bus was packed full with foodie lovers and review writers and their guests. I was able to bring my mom with me to Prince Edward County for our first wine tasting outing! 😀
Along the two-hour drive to PEC, we made a pit stop for the restrooms (and a quick breakfast sandwich from A&W for us). We were also gifted breakfast bars from Kind. As well, we received a tote bag full of goodies from Yelp themselves along with the itinerary for the day and the rules for the scavenger hunt.
Since there were about 50 of us and six wineries had been booked, we were split down the middle into two groups where we visited different wineries throughout the day.
For us in Group 1, we visited the Sandbanks Estate Winery (17598 Loyalist Pkwy, Wellington) as our first winery. We arrived, were greeted warmly, and led to walk along the path where we saw all of their vineyards and into a little house where we did our wine tasting.
Here, we were able to sample five types of wines. It was nice that we were given some light snacks to go along with the wines too. With each sampling, we were given a brief introduction about the wines as well.
After the wine tasting, we explored the area and had plenty of time to fulfill the tasks for our photo scavenger hunt. The participant who completed the most tasks during the day would have a chance to win some of the selected wines that Kris bought on the wine tours!
It was a beautiful summer day and the perfect weather to be outdoors.
We picked up the other group (they were at Trail Estate Winery) and then we headed off towards lunch.
Lunch was a pre-booked prix fixe picnic style lunch at Drake Devonshire (24 Wharf St, Wellington). Already, when we arrived there, I heard the rumours that lunch wasn’t actually ready yet. We were ushered into the dining room that led to a beautiful patio and oversaw the lake shore where we enjoyed the view as we waited for lunch to be served. Some people played some board games inside the dining room.
Unfortunately, we had to wait nearly 45 minutes for our food to actually come out which meant that we were severely late for our next wine tour schedule. All of the lunches were already packed into portable boxes and paper bags fortunately, but the rush was something that was unexpected (and probably unnecessary since it was a pre-booked arrangement — someone screwed up somewhere).
The chicken salad sandwich was simple but surprisingly tasty and the dessert was a cute cupcake with raspberries on the side.
After lunch, we dropped off Group 2 first this time to Norman Hardie Winery before our Group 1 headed to Closson Chase Wineyards (629 Closson Rd, Hillier) for our second wine tour of the day.
I absolutely loved the look and concept of Closson Chase! It was a purple barn which had a sprawling large backyard with comfortable sofas and seating areas. Their vineyards were just off to the distance. It was probably one of the most picturesque vineyards I’ve ever been to.
Here, we sampled three wines from different years. I love how their fancy wine glasses were so sheer and gorgeously thin-stemmed. You can really tell the calibre of a vineyard by the wine glasses that they use for giving wine samples. 😀
For the scavenger hunt items here, we looked for the “God of Wine,” the pig on the roof, the Closson Chase signage, and more. It was a beautiful purple barn winery that I’ll never forget!
The latter part of the afternoon in Prince Edward County continues on in the next blog post. We went to two more wineries with the rest of the group. Click here to read it! 😛
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