Is­land made wine

South shore win­ery cel­e­brat­ing 10 years by bring­ing back medals

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

There was a lot of toast­ing go­ing on here af­ter P.E.I.’s first com­mer­cial win­ery earned four top medals at the Cana­dian wine cham­pi­onships.

And con­sid­er­ing it was up against at least 1,500 other bot­tled chal­lengers from across the na­tion, the vic­tory was sweet for Ros­sig­nol Winer­ies.

Es­pe­cially since the south shore op­er­a­tion east of the Wood Is­lands ferry ter­mi­nal is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary.

“Very nice to have our va­ri­eties rec­og­nized for sure,’’ says owner John Ros­sig­nol from his 30-acre south-fac­ing site on the Northum­ber­land Strait.

The All Cana­dian win­ners in­cluded Cas­sis, Blue­berry, Black­berry Mead and Lib­erty Blos­som, just some of the 16 va­ri­eties pro­duced here. Lib­erty Blos­som ac­tu­ally earned a dou­ble gold and was con­sid­ered best in cat­e­gory.

Win­ning medals is no sur­prise for the Lit­tle Sands win­ery which has routed a to­tal of 56 over the years.

The op­er­a­tion em­ploys 12 Is­lan­ders sea­son­ally and uses only Is­land grown fruit.

From bus tours to con­vert­ibles, wine lovers flock to the win­ery dur­ing the fine weather to ob­serve the process and taste test the prod­uct that is sold as far as China.

This year the win­ery has teamed up with Jeff McCourt and Glas­gow Glen cheese to ex­pand the prod­uct line.

“Noth­ing like wine and cheese,’’ says the home­grown wine­maker. “Our visi­tors all en­joy the pair­ings.”

In the re­cent At­lantic wine fi­nals, Ros­sig­nol won medals for Marechal Foche, L’Acadie Blanc, and Cas­sis as well.

The win­ery has a cel­lar ca­pac­ity about 60,000 bot­tles and sells about half that plus an­nu­ally.

STEVE SHARRATT/THE GUARDIAN

P.E.I. wine­maker John Ros­sig­nol with his medal win­ners at the Lit­tle Sands win­ery.

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