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Fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from
two vineyards in the heart of the Ottawa Valley.

Astonishing, original. From earth to vine to wine,
KIN Vineyards is committed to crafting brilliant wines
from our remarkable terroir.

As stewards of 100 acres of land (16 under vine), and as practitioners of truly sustainable viticulture, our pursuit of winemaking perfection begins with the soil.

KIN Vineyards tends two vineyards nestled along the Carp Ridge, adjoined by the Carp River, and resting upon the grey limestone of the Ottawa Formation. Each vineyard supports a distinct terroir, a unique personality, and a tremendous potential for remarkable wine.


The Carp block, sloping south and west, overlooks the Valley at its pastoral best. The vineyard is bisected by the Hazeldean Fault showing glacial till over limestone on the upper slope and clay loam over limestone on the lower slope.


The Kinburn block, resting between the Ridge and the River, shows a darker clay loam from the historical Champlain Seabed over the limestone Formation below.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: the Carp block is devoted to this Burgundian ideal. The diverse Kinburn block includes Dijon clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and includes plantings of Muscat Ottonel, Vidal Blanc, Marechal Foch, Marquette and Frontenac.

The KINfolk have a unique agrarian sensibility to winegrowing using sustainable farming practices. Our tender vinifera vines are gently and painstakingly buried under earth each fall. Nothing is easy about our viticultural methods.

We offer four distinct tiers of wine influenced by the varietals and by the method of winemaking.

  • The Frontenacs [sold out until 2018]

    In 2016, KIN Vineyards was featured by Wines of Canada as the dark horse winery to watch. We took that as a challenge and responded by creating The Frontenacs, grown on our Kinburn Block. Limited quantities: these wines will sell out fast.
    Dark Horse Light Horse
  • Understory Marechal Foch & Vidal Blanc [Foch sold out until 2018]

    Our Marechal Foch and Vidal Blanc are grown on our Kinburn Block and reveal layers of personality. Foch and Vidal: Unearth the Story. VQA.
  • Civil Grit [Civil Grit Gamay to be Released in August, 2017!]

    KIN Vineyards’ unoaked Chardonnay is crafted in stainless steel: it is clean yet achieves a mid-palette complexity from periodic battonage on the lees. It is Civil but it’s got Grit. We think you’ll love it. VQA.

    Gamay coming August 2017

  • KIN Vineyards – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, & Rose

    KIN Vineyards’ flagship wines transcend the norm. These are beautiful wines made in the vineyard: hand-picked, hand-sorted, barrel fermented, and (for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) aged in the finest French oak barrels. Our Pinot Noir Rose is aged in stainless and is fresh and elegant. VQA
  • Cider House Fools Dry Cider

    We took hand-picked Winesap, Honey Crisp, and McIntosh apples from Harvest Moon Orchard down the road and used our Fall Staff to make a Shakespearean New World dry cider. Rules are for fools: we know a hawk from a handsaw.

    Coming June 2017

in is family.
It is community.
It is connectivity.

And, for us, it is finding our stride in the pleasure of hard work. In dirt and grapeskin we find a purposeful agency with the land. The hard, agrarian road resonates.

Brian Hamilton


Brian brings a wealth of international winemaking expertise to the Ottawa region. Having made his mark at high end wineries in New Zealand, California, and Niagara, Brian is now head winemaker at KIN Vineyards. Brian's approach to winemaking fits hand-in-glove with KIN Vineyards' goal to produce the finest wines in a way sympathetic to the land.

Christopher Van Barr


Chris is a hands-on owner and farmer who believes that the most interesting and elegant wines come from the edge where skill and hard work can create something magical.

Alan Krueger


In the summer of 2014 after the planting of 12,000 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines on the Carp site, Alan made the move from full time teacher to full time vineyard manager. Alan will argue that viticultural practices are as equally important as winemaking when creating brilliant still wines. Alan is of course most happy when he has an attentive crew in the vineyard or an enthusiastic group of visitors for a tasting and tour event.

A Note About Our Winery Consultant

Peter Gamble

Winery Consultant

As the former director of Vintners Quality Alliance, and consultant to several top tier wineries across Canada, Peter offers an amazing wealth of knowledge which reveals itself throughout KIN Vineyards' strategy and presence.

Giving back is a critical component to our belief in community growth and sustainability.

KIN Vineyards is an Ottawa Valley experience that happens to include a vineyard.



  • Canada Day

    11:00-1:00, Special Hours, Tasting Room

    Join proprietor Chris VanBarr at the Tasting Room on Canada Day for samples and flights, and purchase those last minute wines for Canada's 150th!!

  • KIN Vineyards' Tasting Room Grand Opening!

    11:00-6:00 pm, Tasting Room, 2225 Craig's Side Road, Carp

    Come join us for music, tours, tastings and our ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Jim Watson.

  • Vineyard Vinyasa with YogiWino

    July 6th, Marquee Tent by the Tasting Room

    An evening of sunsets, sips and savasana led by yours truly YogiWino. For more details go to


From the Vineyard

Frost Watch 2017

...wherein Al and Chris stay up all night tending to various devices to ward off cold

On the nights of May 8 and 9, we experienced slightly below-zero temperatures in the vineyards. Fortunately, our vine buds are still at the "dormant swollen" stage and as such should be able to withstand the cold. Regardless, we employed our brand new, New Zealand built, Tow&Blow Frost Fan at the Carp Block. This is by far the quietest frost fan on the market. It may also be the most expensive. (we hope it works!). At the Kinburn Block we are using our 3 propane frost guards - finicky contraptions which act like massive hair dryers. We're holding off on the frost candles (see our 2016 Frost Nacht video) in case we get a late frost event when we have green growth on the vines.

Try our wines at these excellent Ottawa restaurants: Atelier, Absinthe, E18ghteen, MeNa Restaurant, Cafe My House, Must Kitchen & Wine Bar, Clover, Heirloom Cafe, Wild Oat, Cheshire Cat, and the Swan.


Tasting Room

2225 Craig's Side Road
Carp, ON, K0A 1L0

Hours of Operation

11AM – 6PM Tuesday – Sunday
Closed Monday


Tasting Room/General Inquiries: 613.519.1621 [Special Events: 613.407.6171]

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