With the sun shining and breeze off Lake Ontario, Prince Edward County is one of the hottest destinations to enjoy with family and friends.
Welcome to Traynor Family Vineyard, located in the heart of Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. Our 5.5-acre vineyard sits at the corner of Danforth Road and Loyalist Parkway in Hillier. We have been growing high-quality grapes and producing award-winning wines since our opening in 2014.
Our winery is the brainchild of Mike Traynor, a man who has dedicated his life to the wine industry. Mike began his career in 1997 as a labourer. Through his hard work, education, and craftsmanship, he worked his way up to becoming Canada’s youngest winemaker at the age of 22. He later applied his management skills to some of Canada’s fastest-growing organic companies. He was always commited to his dream of creating a winery.
At Traynor Family Vineyard, we believe in the importance of sustainability, whether it’s in our vineyard practices (which include permaculture techniques and organic management), our winemaking methods (which are low-intervention), or in our commitment to being a living wage employer. We are also a family-run business, and our winery is named in honour of our loved ones, who have supported us through our journey.
Our vineyard is located in the heart of Prince Edward County, known for its unique microclimate that is influenced by its proximity to Lake Ontario. The cool climate and the seasonal high humidity provide ideal growing conditions for cool-climate grape varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The area also benefits from the "Lake Effect" which brings extra warmth during the growing season and provides a longer growing season than other regions in the province.
Our vineyard is planted with several grape varieties, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Frontenac Gris, and Marquette. These varieties are well-suited to the cool climate and heavy clay-based soil of the Hillier area in Prince Edward County. We use companion planting techniques to promote the biodiversity in the vineyard, and encourage natural pest control. Our focus on organic and sustainable practices not only benefits the environment but also contributes to the unique character and complexity of the wines produced in our region.
In the winery, we use natural yeasts as much as possible and keep sulphite additions to a minimum while maintaining the integrity of the wines. We specialize in natural wine styles such as orange wine, Piquette, and pet-nat. We also know for making very-good conventional table wine styles, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir. All of our wines are unfiltered, raw, and vegan.
We invite you to visit us and experience the unique terroir of Traynor Family Vineyard for yourself. Tour our vineyard, sample our wines, and meet the people behind the winery. We look forward to welcoming you.