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2019: Apple Wine
2019 marked the first vintage of our Bay of Quinte Apple Wine!
Baco Noir Reserve – Ontario Wine Awards Silver, International Wine and Spirit Competition Bronze and Finger Lakes Wine Competition Silver Sleeping Giant – All Canadian Wine Awards Bronze, Ontario Wine Awards Silver, International Wine and Spirit Competition Silver and Finger Lakes Wine Competition Gold Smugglers – Finger Lakes Wine Competition Bronze French Kiss – Finger Lakes Wine Competition Silver Rosé – All Canadian Wine Awards Silver, Finger Lakes Wine Competition Bronze Riesling – Finger Lakes Wine Awards Silver
2018: All Canadian Wine Championship Awards!
Double Gold for our Baco Reserve, Gold for our Sleeping Giant, and Silver for our Pinot Grigio, Shoreline White and Rosé!
Gold Medal for our 2017 Sleeping Giant and a Bronze Medal for our 2016 Baco Reserve at the Ontario Wine Awards.
2018: Sleeping Giant chosen for Ontario’s Legislative 2018 Red wine
2017: Remarkable Woman
Our beloved owner Catherine Langlois was named Remarkable Woman of the Year!
2017: Barrell Room Opened for Special Events and Tastings
2017: Canada 150 Wines
Created wines to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday.
2016: 15th Anniversary Celebrations
2016 marked 15 years since we planted the first Baco Noir grapes at Sandbanks Winery.
2016: Gold for Pinot Grigio
Our Pinot Grigio won a Gold Medal at the 2016 Ontario Wine Awards.
2015: Quinte Business Achievement Award
Sandbanks Winery was presented with a Quinte Business Achievement Award for Hospitality and Tourism.
2015: All Canadian Wine Championships
Baco Noir Reserve Double Gold Rosé Gold
2015: Supplier of the Year Elsie Award
In 2015, we were honoured to have been chosen as the 2015 LCBO Supplier of the Year for supporting business both with retail and licensee customers.
2015: Boutique Expansion
Thanks to our loyal customers, we expanded our boutique to provide more bar space and a brand new group tasting room.
2014 Best Ontario Francophone Retailer
In 2014, we were presented with the award for Best Ontario Small/Medium Francophone Retailer in 2014! Nous vous remercions de votre aide et votre soutien!
2014: New Warehouse
Our new winemaking and storage facility is built.
2013 Best of Show Red
Sandbanks Shiraz won Best of Show Red at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.
2013: All Canadian Wine Championship
French Kiss Gold Dunes Gold Late Harvest Gold
2013: Record Harvest
The annual harvest party is fully booked! 500 volunteers join us to bring in the grapes, a record number!
2012: VQA Excellence Elsie Award
Sandbanks Winery was given the VQA Excellence Award from the LCBO-hosted Elsie Awards.
2012: Gazebo Bar
As a leading VQA winery, we have more visitors than ever and an established brand at the LCBO. We built our gazebo tasting bar to expand our tasting room and enjoy the beautiful vineyard setting.
2010: The Queen Drinks Sandbanks
Queen Elizabeth II enjoys Sandbanks wine during her visit to Ottawa.
2010: New Boutique
You love us so much (thank you!) we expanded and built our boutique tasting room.
Baco Noir and Dunes are available at the LCBO for the 1st time.
2007: VQA Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County becomes a VQA designated wine area.
2005: First Harvest Party
Our first annual Harvest Party with about 25 volunteers.
2004: Wine Boutique Opens
We celebrate the opening of the little wine boutique in the basement of the house located on the property.
2003: First Harvest
The first harvest of Baco Noir, Vidal, Cabernet Franc and Riesling produce a grand total of 150 cases, which is sold directly to local restaurants.
2001: Land is Purchased by Sandbanks
The farm is purchased by Sandbanks. Catherine plants 6 acres of Baco Noir, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Vidal Blanc, Geisenheim, and Marechal Foch.
1828: Land is Documented
Land is originally owned by the Crown.