Catch the buzz and join Buzz Tour Co and host extraordinaire Christine, on this fun, non-stop, full day tour from Kitchener, Ontario to Simcoe, Ontario. Make sure that you are revved and ready to indulge in a day of wine, beer, hard cider, food and a tonne of laughs with its founder Christine.
You certainly wont be bored as you tour and learn the history of the up and coming Ontario wine region in Norfolk County. If luck is on your side you might even catch a glimpse of some tobacco fields and gingsing farms along the way.
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The particular tour that I went on was open to the general public and we met Christine and the driver between 9 and 9:30 in the morning at the VIP Cinema on Fairway Drive, in Kitchener, Ontario (on private group tours, pick-up is arranged at your place of business or an individuals home). Make sure you grab your morning coffee from Starbucks and empty your bladder before boarding the bus. You will have a short and very entertaining 1 1/2 to 2 hour roadtrip before you reach your first destination.
During the drive, Christine will entertain you with the history behind Buzz Tour Co and how her vision came to fruition, as well as the history of how the wineries in the Norfolk Region came to be. This is the perfect time to get to know all of your travel companions, if you don’t already, tell jokes, sing songs, or anything else that you may find amusing.
NOTE: Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the bus.
The tours chosen for your group may vary, but the following was the itinerary for the tour that I was on and for me it was perfect! It really doesn’t get much better than a day of wine, beer, hard cider, cheese, and candy.
Hounds of Erie
At this winery, the planting and experimenting with various types of vines began in 2012. By 2016 the vines were mature enough to bear fruit and the wine testing began! Also 2016 was the first year that Hounds of Erie was able to use their own apples to craft their own hard cider.
The Hounds of Erie is best known for its hard ciders, which you will be happy to learn are made with no additives or sugars added.
Our particular cider tasting consisted of a few different types of hard cider, including Top Dog and the Sassy Bitch, all of which were yummy (and I’m not a cider lover). My absolute favourite was the Sassy Bitch, and not just because the name suited me. It really was yummy! The Hounds of Erie really does offer the best hard cider in the region.
If you are in the Norfolk Region, I highly recommend that you stop in, say hello and grab a tasting (or two). If you are not in the area, it is well worth a special trip for the day to try out the hard ciders produced at this up and coming vineyard.
Charlotteville Brewing Company
Next stop……beer AND cheese tasting! I have to confess that I am not a beer lover, heck, I’m not even a beer drinker, but man this stuff was fantastic! Pair the beer with cheese and it couldn’t have gotten any better!
A life-long dream was brought to life in 2010, when this family purchased the farm and began planting hops. Today, Charlotteville Brewing Company is a dream come true for the owners. The brewery is currently operating out of two turn-of-the-century barns. One houses a bar, sitting area and patio where patrons can enjoy a bite to eat, as well as taste the amazing beer. There is also a sitting area with loads of books where you can really sit back and relax.
The second barn houses the brewery and it is in this barn that you will enjoy a freshly made lunch while on your tour. I have to admit that this was the freshest salad that I have ever tasted.
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Don’t let looks deceive you! Fantastic Beer!
A few days before the tour, Buzz Tour Co will email with a selection of lunch items. The meal will be ready to eat upon your arrival, but after the beer and wine tasting. I can honestly say that I have never tasted such fresh produce!
The tasting consisted of three LARGE glasses of beer, along with cheese, grapes and crackers. I honestly never thought beer and cheese could taste so good together. The guide made learning the history of the brewery entertaining, fun and kept us laughing throughout the tour.
I can’t say if I had a favorite beer to try (I loved them all), so I guess you will just have to give them all a try when visiting Charlotteville Brewing Company. The beer, the food, the atmosphere, and the hosts were absolutely amazing at this brewery. I’ll be going back for another taste for sure!
Blueberry Hill Estates Winery
Our next stop, Blueberry Hill Estates Winery, was perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth. Wine and candy! Who would have thought? It certainly wasn’t a combination that I thought that I would ever try, but I am sure glad that I did.
I am sure you guessed by the name of the winery, that its specialty is blueberries…..and yes, they do use the blueberries to make some of their wines.
During the wine and candy paring, we sampled the wineries fruit wine, made with….you guessed it….blueberries, as well as white wine, red wine and hard cider.
If wine isn’t your cup of tea, the farm also offers pick your own blueberries, as well as a market with homemade preserves, such as blueberry honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, salsa and relish, as well as pickled vegetables.
Next time you are in Norfolk County, be sure to stop by Blueberry Hill Estates Winery to satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasting of their fruit wine.
Burning Kiln Winery
The Burning Kiln Winery which opened in 2011 was our last stop. Norfolk County is historically known for its tobacco farms, many of which remain in existence today. The Burning Kiln Winery has preserved and re-purposed the original tobacco barn in order to pay tribute to Region’s history.
While the farm consists of 85 acres, only a small portion of the land is used for planting, which enables the winemakers to focus on the quality of the wine over the quantity of wine produced.
During our tasting at this stop, we were treated to several award winning red and white wines, all while be entertained and increasing our knowledge of the history of the winery going back to the days of tobacco farming.
Each vine in this vineyard is tended to by hand, including pruning, cropping, netting and harvesting. This is definitely a winery that I will be keeping my eye on as the vines mature. The wine can only get better and better with every year that passes.
A visit to the Burning Kiln Winery is an absolute must! Sit back, relax and sip on an award winning wine, all while taking in the beauty of the UNESCO-designated Long Point Bay World Biosphere Reserve.
The tour has now sadly come to an end,or so I thought.
Once we boarded our comfy bus to head home, we were given water and snacks…as if we hadn’t already eaten enough throughout the day! As Christine was familiar with the majority of the guests on this particular tour, she brought a game to entertain us which may or may not be suitable for all lol. The group on my tour were a hoot and we laughed the entire way home.
As a solo traveler and adventurer, I was made to feel welcome by Christine and the rest of the gang. Meeting new people and making new friends is certainly one of the benefits of going solo.
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Buzz Tour Co specializes in tours accommodating 4 to 20 people, and departs from the comfort of your place of business or an individual’s residence. I was lucky enough to experience this tour on an open tour which is periodically offered to the general public. If you are looking to schedule a corporate event, a bachelorette outing, or just a day out with some friends, I strongly recommend booking with Buzz Tour Co. Christine will schedule the perfect itinerary for your outing, and her enthusiasm and bubbly personality will keep you entertained for the day.
To schedule your tour, contact Christine at Buzz Tour Co.