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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 [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

    Our Marechal Foch and Vidal Blanc are grown on our Kinburn Block and reveal layers of personality. Foch and Vidal: Unearth the Story. VQA.
    MARECHAL FOCH [Sold out until 2018] VIDAL BLANC
  • 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

    Gamay [only 26 cases left as of September 12, 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
    CHARDONNAY PINOT NOIR PINOT NOIR ROSÉ
  • Cider House Fools Dry Cider [sold out until 2017]

    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.
    READ MORE

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

  • Carp Goat Yoga and Kin Wine Tasting

    Saturday Nov. 11th, 2 p.m., Carp Goat Yoga Studio

    Goat, Yoga, Wine Down!

  • Go Wild Gala!

    Saturday Nov. 11th, 6:30 p.m., Temple's Sugar Bush

    A Mississippi-Madawaska Landtrust Fundraising Event!

  • Sommelier Guild Taste and Tour

    Sunday Nov. 12th, 2 p.m., Tasting Room, Kin Vineyards

    Private event.

  • Le Noire

    Saturday November 18th, 7:00 pm, Two Grands Piano Bar, Arnprior

    An amazing evening of stimulating your senses in the dark. 15 courses. Tip proceeds go to Breast Cancer.

Notes

From the Vineyard

Harvest

...has been completed!

October 26, 2017, the vineyard crew and volunteers harvested our Vidal Blanc at the Kinburn site. We are now busy braving the elements and tying down and burying all of our vinifera vines for winter. A big thank you to the handful of sommeliers and eager gardeners, especially this past week, who have come out to help, as we raced to beat this early winter blast!


Try our wines at these excellent Ottawa restaurants: Atelier, Clover, Absinthe, Salt, Stofa, Cafe My House, The 2 Grands, Lumbertown Ale House, Cheshire Cat, and more.

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Tasting Room

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

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri: By Appointment (it's the offseason now!)
Sat&Sun: We're Open! Noon-5:00pm

Contact
info@kinvineyards.com

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

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