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Oxley Estate Winery, Essex

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The Vineyard

We farm our vineyards using eco-friendly farming practices, including reduced chemical intervention, in an effort to encourage a healthy and sustainable environment. Our vineyards are located south of the 42nd parallel (as is southern Italy, central Spain and many of the California regions). The Lake Erie North Shore appellation has the highest heat accumulation and the longest growing season of the Ontario wine appellations. Our vineyards’ proximity to Lake Erie provides protection in the cold, as long as the lake has not frozen over, and access to lake breezes that exercise and dry our vines.

Our vines are planted in a north-south direction, with rows spaced eight feet apart and vines planted four feet apart to maximize sun exposure in the morning and provide protection from overheating and sun burn in the evening. We follow the European model and plant multiple clones of a variety, if possible, using various rootstocks to avoid a mono-culture and to maximize the imprint of the terroir. Our pruning, de-leafing, thinning and harvesting are done by hand to enhance quality. Leaf hedging is done mechanically. We tend to each variety individually and have different yields from each. The red varieties are protected from birds by netting because birds favour blue grapes over green and have an aversion to yellow.
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  • I was at Oxley Winery with a group of ladies this past weekend and it was perfect. Our server was lovely, the oysters were fresh but most importantly the duck wings… the duck wings were one of the... 
    I was at Oxley Winery with a group of ladies this past weekend and it was perfect. Our server was lovely, the oysters were fresh but most importantly the duck wings… the duck wings were one of the...  more »
  • My wife and I went there for our 40 th anniversary.We had the pickerel dinner and dined outside.We never had reservations,but they accommodated us anyway.The service and food was excellent! 
    My wife and I went there for our 40 th anniversary.We had the pickerel dinner and dined outside.We never had reservations,but they accommodated us anyway.The service and food was excellent!  more »
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  • What an absolute joke. I’m fully vaccinated, my partner is not. We asked for an outdoor patio seat. They have an extremely large outdoor area, and one of the areas was the size of a football field with not a single patron. I offered to come in and waitress myself, so that zero contact would come in with my partner and their staff or other patrons. I was told outdoor and indoor required vaccination regardless. When I asked if we could just both come in to shop and purchase wine- it was no probleM!!! HOW DOES THIS MAKE SENSE?!?!!
  • Well worth a stop! Ask for Yvonne at the tasting bar. She writes all the notes and will take very good care of you. Well priced wines and a wonderful atmosphere.

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