The Old Third Vineyard
The Old Third Vineyard is located on a steep south-south-east slope in Hillier, Prince Edward County. The soil, Hillier Clay Loam, overlays a friable Ordovician limestone bed about 450 million years old. Heavy and thin, it is mixed with an abundance of limestone gravel and fossils. The Old Third Vineyard contains an unusually large amount of glacial till in the form of granite, sandstone, quartz, marble dragged down by the last ice age from Northern Ontario. Our cathedral like barn, built in the 1860’s, was completely restored during the winter of 2006, to house the winery and tasting room.
Our sparkling apple cider is made with the same level of attention and detail that goes into our pinot noir. The apples, none other than the noble golden russet, were sourced from a nearby apple orchard. They were hand sorted and the cider is méthod traditional, so the second ferment was in bottle. Like our sparkling pinot noir this cider is hand riddled, hand disgorged and topped with a natural cork.