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Advertorial The Grange Experience

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By Caroline Granger, The Grange of Prince Edward Island

There is nothing quite like life on a vineyard. On one hand it is life at a beautiful pastoral setting, rolling hills, country sunsets, local rustic cuisine; a life inspired by the French countryside. But on the other hand, rural vineyard life is one of the most labour intensive of them all. So much of the work itself has to be done by hand, it requires long days, sometimes demanding constant maintenance, sometimes even through the night. There are the stresses of weather and of pests; neither of which one can control. And then of course the arduous process of wine making; so much of which is also out of ones hands. Ultimately, however, it is a labour of love. It is a love for the land, for the region, for family and for the wine itself. This is what we want our guest to experience with us this season. We love it when our guests want to join in and get their hands dirty! Though I have been living on the farm for many years now strolling through some of our 60 acres of rolling

vineyards is still one of the most relaxing experiences I know. And for our guests, a visit to the Grange is a chance to go back to a slower pace of life, and an opportunity to enjoy simpler things. I have always felt that the best way to experience the vineyards on by walking them; walking back the country lane to see several of our vineyards and truly see what’s unique about growing grapes in Prince Edward County. The same is true for the wine making process; to hear or read about it only tells so much about the experience. We want our guests to be able to following the grape from the harvest through to the barrel. See how wine- making is both an art and a science. For us at the Grange, it is the idea of terroir that we want to show our guests. It is the whole that is greater than the sum of its part; and so it is only in the experience of it that the concept can truly understood. The land, its unique personality, is central to this idea; and so we try to bring together lots of experiences of things that come from the land in order to highlight the many facets of Prince Edward County’s personality. This year we are doing this with beautiful picnics catered to us by Harvest Restaurant. Filled with fresh deli-style sandwiches, home-style pickles, charcuterie- including foie gras terrine and rustic pork terrine, or roasted chicken, fresh bread, cookies, brownies and seasonal crumbles, these picnics are a wonderful way to taste what’s local. Then to pick your wine, another element of the bounty of the local harvest, and head back the lane to find the perfect mix of food, wine and location- truly what terroir is all about.

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