Over the past few years I’ve become increasingly fond of the wines of Adamo Estate Winery, both their estate bottlings and their Grower’s series of wines, utilising vineyard/block-designated fruit from a selection of top growers.
A few weeks ago I finally got my act together and drove north of Toronto to meet up with Winemaker Shauna White for a tour of the property and to record an interview with the woman herself. This vinous adventure has been a number of years in the making, and something I have been looking forward to for quite some time
10 minutes north of Orangeville, and some two minutes drive south of Hockley Valley Resort, Mono, the Adamo Estate Winery sits amongst farmland at the crest of a rolling hill, cloistered by vineyards… Yes. You read that correctly. Vineyards.
Admittedly this isn’t necessarily a pocket of Ontario where one would expect to find vines, let alone vitis vinifera vines capable of creating some excellent wines, but lying dormant under the snow, snuggled up in their geothermal blankets, were some rather terrific Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, as well as few others that we’ll get to in the interview.
It’s an impressive facility, with some gorgeous Italian stainless hardware upstairs, and an enviable barrel program in the cellar; Shauna’s obviously proud of her winery, and rightly so, as it’s a pretty slick winemaking operation, with the addition of a sizable hospitality and retail area that will really come into its own come the warmer months.
The winery is just over an hour’s drive north of Toronto, and well worth a visit whatever the season. A word of advice, although there is a terrific café at the winery itself, I’d strongly suggest that you check out the food at both Cabin 1875 and Babbo, located just up the road at Hockley Valley; seriously the best resort food I have experienced by a country mile.
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Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, and writer Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And Shauna is making some damn fine wines up there in Mono.