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Destination wine country – Closson Chase Winery

Destination wine country – Closson Chase Winery

Editor's Review

8.5 Exceptional Vintage

2011 Closson Chase Pinot Noir

Release date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Production: 114 cases
Cellaring potential: Drink now
Alcohol content: 12.5 %
Size: 750 mL
Primary Fermentation: 8 weeks, indigenous yeas4
Barrel Treatment: July 15, 2014
Bottling date: 18 months in French oak; 10 % new wood
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir


Closson Chase Winery Profile

Set in a pristine green enclave Prince Edward County,  Closson Chase Winery. Deborah Paskus prides themselves in offering great wine and creating a natural setting amongst the grapevine, where visitors can stroll. Winemaking is focused on high-quality and affordable wines made.

About Closson Chase WineryFine wines were produced in Prince Edward County more than a century ago. At the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition, a County winery won the Blue Ribbon for its wines. However, in the intervening years, the focus on winemaking was lost — until in the 1990’s a group of intrepid wine industry pioneers rediscovered the region.

After two years spent analyzing County soils, Deborah Paskus settled upon Hillier Township, as the ideal location for her dream vineyard — south sloping at six degrees, good drainage, gravelly soil on a limestone base, approximately five kilometres inshore — land that was once the Closson family farm, early settlers to the County. Now the dream could take flight.

Closson Chase wines are showcased in London, England and receive international recognition at the Seriously Cool Chardonnay Event.


  •  Founded: 1998
  • Partners: Seaton McLean, Sonja Smits, Michael MacMillan, Gene McBurney, Andy Thomson, Bill Fanjoy and Deborah Paskus
  • Winery Site: Township of Hillier Ontario, Prince Edward County
  • Vigneron and Winemaker: Deborah Paskus
  • Associate Vigneron: Kimball Lacey
  • Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) Appellation: Prince Edward County. This is Ontario’s most northern appellation located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario at a latitude of 44°N. The area relies on the lake to provide a moderated cool climate growing season.