August 28, 2005
Waupoos is an Indian name for running rabbit, and it really is a breathtaking property. Rows and rows of vines bursting with purple grapes scent the air. It is difficult to believe you are in Ontario or even Canada. When viewed from the tasting room, lush vines and the magical blue lakeside setting is reminiscent of the Mediterranean.
The ground-level tasting room is filled with light, and soaring cathedral windows allow views of the well-tended property. A spiral staircase leads down into the production facilities.
Many of these new wineries are family-owned, and most of the time, the owner can be found tending the vines as well as leading wine tours. The vines of this region are fairly young; around 5years at the most, they produce a wine more delicate in taste with just a hint of acidity. Most of these wineries are located within a mile from the lakes shoreline, thus protection from frost is enhanced. The wines are reasonably priced, but not cheap, mainly due to higher operating costs and lower yields.
The tasting tour offers four wines for $2 (laws forbid free samples). My choice overall was the ruby-red Baco Noir, a rich wine with a hint of fruit (7.50ml, $14.99). I do not like white wine, but others in our party reported the whites to be very pleasant. The tasting room houses an elegant gift boutique showcasing works of local artists and one-of-a-kind gifts, and the prices were fairly reasonable.
After leaving the tasting room, we followed the path to a glass gazebo. This houses the restaurant and overlooks Lake Ontario, a wonderful setting for a romantic meal. We didn’t eat here because we had eaten at the Lake On the Woods. Waupoos would be a great setting for sunset-watching as you dine on its terrace. Inside, a beautifully appointed dining room welcomes and soothes. I checked the menu and was surprised at the reasonable price list. Entrées start at $8.99, with a varied choice of meat, fish, chicken, and pasta.
After leaving the gazebo, we wandered down to the edge of the waterfront, where rustic benches are well placed for enjoyment of the view. This place would be ideal for an elegant wedding or celebration. We hope to have dinner here on our next visit, and when we do, I will add to this journal.
From journal Delightful Hay Bay, Southeastern Ontario