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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.

CARP
BLOCK

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.

KINBURN
BLOCK

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

    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

    Light Horse is SOLD OUT until Spring 2019

  • Understory Marechal Foch & Vidal Blanc

    Our Marechal Foch and Vidal Blanc are signature varieties of our Kinburn Block and reveal layers of personality. Foch and Vidal: Unearth the Story. VQA.
    MARECHAL FOCH (JUST RELEASED) VIDAL BLANC

    Vidal Blanc is currently SOLD OUT

  • Civil Grit Chardonnay and Gamay

    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.
    CHARDONNAY
  • 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
    CHARDONNAY PINOT NOIR PINOT NOIR ROSÉ

    Rose is SOLD OUT until Spring 2019

  • Cider House Fools Dry Cider - NEW RELEASE JUNE 2018

    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.
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    Cider House Fools is currently SOLD OUT

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

Winemaker

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

Proprietor

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

Viticulturist

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.

We want to be Your Vineyard & Winery in the Ottawa Valley. 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.

Upcoming

Events

  • New Wine Releases

    Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm

    Our 2017 Carp Ridge Chardonnay, KIN Pinot Noir and Civil Grit Gamay have been bottled and are now available! Stop by the Tasting Room or markets to grab a bottle.

  • Harvest 2018

    Carp & Kinburn

    Harvest is in full swing at both the Carp and Kinburn vineyards!

  • Annual Cyclocross Race through the vineyard

    Sunday October 14; KIN Vineyards

    Stop by the vineyard and check out the action!

Notes

From the Vineyard

Hot days and cool nights

We're all knocking on wood right now...

...because the weather has been amazing for grape growth. We had a gentle spring and now summer is hot and dry. We're observing identical vine and grape maturity stages as seen in Niagara. With our greater hours of summer sunshine hours, we may be a little ahead.


Try our wines at these excellent Ottawa restaurants: Pomeroy House, Bar Laurel, Marc Kitchen, Stofa, Cafe My House, The Two Grands, the Juke Joint in Carp, Cheshire Cat, and more.

JOIN THE KINship

Tasting Room

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

Tasting Room Hours

Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm

Contact
info@kinvineyards.com

Tasting Room: 613.519.1621 [Special Events: 613.407.6171]

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