Dark Horse Estate Winery becomes a major Grand Bend attraction
Dark Horse Estate Winery opened in Grand Bend in the summer of 2016 and includes a 31,000-square foot facility, the ability to host weddings and special events and, of course, wine.
In just its first year of production, the winery received two silver medals in the 2016 Canadian National Wine Awards. Dark Horse’s Chardonnay and Ice Wine were both honoured.
The winery was founded by John and Sue Ann Rasenberg and it builds on a strong foundation of agri-tourism that is now booming in Huron County and much of southwestern Ontario.
Dark Horse offers a variety of experiences. Wine tasting is offered from 11 a.m. to closing with skilled staff guiding participants through the winery’s extensive catalogue of wines. For groups of 10 or more a reservation is required and additional charges may apply.
Wine by the glass is available daily from 11 a.m. to closing. As well as enjoying a glass of wine guests may choose to sample one of the prepared Charcuterie and Cheese boards.
Public wine tours and tastings are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. They last about 45 minutes and include a guided walk though the grounds and facility while sampling three hand-picked wines. Cost is $15 per person (plus HST). Public tours are on a first come, first served basis with no reservations.
For the months of June to October, the tour program will not be operating on Saturdays.
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