Wassail in The County
Wassail [ˈwäsəl, ˈwäˌsāl] noun: drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.
Join us in Prince Edward County this Fall for a festive Celebration when we toast to the vines and put them to rest for the winter. Enjoy sipping wines while you shop and sing a few holiday songs. Join the hard working winemakers for mulled wines, comfort foods, and festive good cheer.
Ontario’s most unique wine celebration, Wassail pays tribute to the age-old tradition of celebrating the harvest before the arrival of winter. Merrymakers would travel from house to house singing, feasting and, of course, quenching their thirst with local grog.
In Prince Edward County, after harvest, we rush to bury the vines to withstand the cold winter. Once the job is done, it’s time to party and everyone is invited!
During the last two weekends in November and the first weekend of December, this modern version of Wassail is a jolly-good time to visit wineries and join in the festivities. Arrive singing a seasonal tune and be treated to free tastes of mulled wine, plus comfort foods and sweet treats. Cross wine-lovers off your list with gifts of wine or wine-related items, or shop for unique, local and handmade crafts and other gifts.
Your ticket price includes a tour guide, sampling glass, bag for your wine purchases and a copy of the Wassail Songbook, wine samples at each of the wineries. Join us either by bus on one of our organized tours or a self guided tour using our map.
Note: you must arrange transportation home or back to your accommodations from the drop-off point at the end of the tour.
Note: alcohol consumption and open alcohol containers are NOT permitted at any time on the bus.