Ontario East’s newest winery, and the first in Hastings County, used a creative way to break ground for its new building. It blasted a granite hill where the winery will sit. It is the latest move as owner Sandor Johnson realizes his dream of opening Potter Settlement Vineyards and Winery just north of Tweed.
Actually, it is a family dream that has been in the works since 2001 when the first grapes were planted. Johnson’s brother Robin has winemaking experience, and the family has owned the land since 1836. Johnson’s cousin is a blacksmith who is contributing ironwork to the business.
Johnson hopes to have the winery up and running next year – as long as it is ready. “You only have one chance to make a good impression,“ he notes. He’s also looking forward to working with local artisan cheese makers to make sure they complement each other
Potter Settlement Vineyards and Winery is part of the Food and Beverage (FAB) Region developed by four Ontario East municipal economic development offices; Hastings County, Prince Edward County, Lennox & Addington County and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation.