It began as a hobby with a couple of buddies, local grapes stomped with bare feet and stems pulled out by hand. The best thing about the wine in those days was that it was plentiful and free.
Around 1986, Ian Sutherland began collecting wines, focusing on the Bordeaux region and with the help of the consultants he gained confidence, branching out and establishing a decent wine cellar. His dream in those days was to own a little piece of property and to have a few rows of grapes with which to make wines for himself and friends. Be careful what you wish for. It ws only after meeting Bohumir and Vera Klokocka, our neighbours at Hillside Winery, that we realized our property would be a more than adequate site for a winery.
Ian and Gitta grow the grapes themselves, make the wine in their winery, and distribute the finished product to our restaurant and mailing list clients. We make Merlot, Cab Franc, and Pinot Gris; and we love it.
We are Canada's first and only purveyor of wine and cheese. The dairy and beverage alcohol industries being second only to nuclear power in regulations, we are pleased to be open for biz. Our cheeses are available at the winery.
Hours of Operation:
The winery tasting room is now open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
Poplar Grove Winery
1060 Poplar Grove Rd