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A Brief History

A Brief History

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery represents the fulfillment of a dream that started over 47 years ago when Hannah & Gord Mitchell purchased a 52 acre farm situated on beautiful Lake Erie, with the intent of planting a vineyard, and perhaps one day, establishing a winery.

Fate had some other things in store for this couple, when Gord's employer, Daimler Chrysler determined his talents were needed in the Toronto-based operation. The Mitchells forged ahead with getting the investment in place so that in 1991 the first acreage of vines was established. Subsequent years saw the acreage rapidly expand to its current 35 acres of noble varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon just to name a few of the nine in total.

Gord and Hannah share the same early childhood of growing up on the farm. Hannah watched her father and grandfather tend to an olive orchard and grape vineyard. Gord worked with his father and brothers on a dairy/cash crop operation in Woodslee, Ontario. The family farm dated back into the early 1800's as a Queen Victoria Land Grant. The family farm had a number of neighbors who had their own small vineyards producing wine for family and friends using the old Labrusca varieties.

Once into full production the couple's new vineyard started to produce a series of excellent vintages, with only the use of vinifera varieties that have been used successfully by major wineries. Many of these vintages have produced award-winning wines. In late 2003, they finalized their long-held ambition to construct and operate their own winery. In October of that year, construction of the barrel-ageing cellar commenced; by the fall of 2004 the framing and significant portion of the roof had been completed as well as a 6700 sq. foot concrete patio for major events.

Unfortunately Hannah Mitchell contracted cancer and the project was put on hold until the summer of 2006. The winery finally "soft opened" in November 2006 and held a successful grand opening on June 2nd 2007.