Thirsty? Drink Amherstburg!

Amherstburg is quickly becoming the hip, hot (and cold) drink mecca of Essex County! When you come to the county and specifically make your way to Amherstburg, you will find no shortage of groovy and unique establishments to hang out with your friends. In addition to the great pub or picnic-style savoury foods, you’ll be able to taste locally crafted beer, wine and spirits poured right from the source!

Starting at the most northern end of Amherstburg, check out Wolfhead Distillery. A craftsman’s operation neighboured by the Amherstburg quarry, Wolfhead incorporates the resources (such as limestone) found in its own backyard in the production of unique flavours that push the boundaries of standard Canadian Spirits. Be sure to sample Wolfhead’s award-winning coffee whisky liquor and/or apple caramel whisky, all while viewing the distilling process from its massive, showcased operations room. Foodies will appreciate an array of delicious food as well, ranging from apps and entrees to charcuterie and desserts. Located at 7781 Howard Avenue.

On your way into town, don’t miss Vivace Winery. Vivace’s mature grape vines are enriched and enhanced by the area’s viniculture climate, producing outstanding VQA wines. Aptly situated on a sweet, farm like setting, you may be greeted by the winery’s friendly house goat before you begin sipping on crowd favorites such as the red Sonatina or the lovely, crisp Brillante Rose. Just don’t leave until you’ve sampled the world-renowned ice wine from this region, including the Dolce Vita label – which makes a beautiful gift for any occasion!. Located at 5141 Concession Road 5N.

Next on your stop, in a country setting, should be Sanson Estate Winery where you can sample Bird Dog Red – voted best Baco Noir in Canada. Paired with the winery’s supply of natural meats and produce, Sanson Estate offers a true “local” and tasty experience for those who seek it. Located at 9238 Walker Rd. – call ahead for tasting hours.

If you happen to find yourself in downtown Amherstburg, be sure to make a pit stop at the newest addition to our drink scene – Lot 10 Brewing Company! In addition to its traditional and seasonal beers, Lot 10 has ample seating, amazing entertainment, hip swag for purchase, and delicious bites on offer to round out your visit. Located at 263 Dalhousie Street.

Speaking of beer, head south to GL Heritage Brewing Company. Situated on a 150-year-old family farm, you can expect to sample (and be able to buy) great tasting craft beer with funky names such as Common Mutt, Shoots & Ski, and Ry-Ed Ale. The company’s values surrounding family, friends, and good times are reflected in the heart of this place, as well as within the smooth, sessionable flavours you’d expect from great craft beer. Located at 8725 Howard Avenue.

Sprucewood

Last, but certainly not least, head southbound to the majestic Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. Situated along the shore of Lake Erie, Sprucewood’s beautiful setting is rivalled only by its exceptional wines! Looking for a romantic afternoon or a memorable day with friends? Take one of the winery’s famous picnic baskets to the beach or sit on its balcony while enjoying a glass of fresh Unoaked Chardonnay or light, fresh Pinot Grigio. Located at 7258 County Road 50 W.