Wine Stories in Huron County

Third Annual Long Table Vineyard Dinner – Saturday October 13th


Hessenland’s next chapter…

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” ~ Galileo Galilei

Hessenland is as much about the stories beginning beneath the soil as it is about the ventures happening within its doors.

If you looked northward from the main Inn in 2015, you would note the budding stages of a locally sourced micro-vineyard. With an audience of lush gardens and grounds as our surrounding, we have been steadily working towards a three-year goal of expanding the vineyard across five acres.

Building on our family’s heritage juxtaposed alongside the rich agricultural traditions and unique climate of the area, we look forward to developing our own distinct terroir in the time ahead. Our growing family of grapes will include 1.5 acres of Marquette and Petit Pearl to be planted this spring along with the Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Frontenac Gris, Marquette and Siegerrebe (Victory Vine) varietals introduced in 2015.

Our vision for the new Estate Winery is that it will build upon the existing offerings of our business while also celebrating the efforts and aptitudes of our neighbours. Working together with producers in Ontario’s newest emerging wine region will allow us to offer a distinctly Huron-inspired palate.

We invite you to be a part of the journey as our wine story continues to unfold! Stay tuned as we look forward to introducing wine packages and tasting programs for our guests in anticipation of pouring Hessenland’s first glass of homegrown vintage.

From the shores of Lake Huron, Prost!
Liz & Frank Ihrig

Other Local Wineries ~ We are excited to showcase the fineries of the region by including a selection of local wineries on our wine list:

~ Alton Farms Estate Winery (located 15 minutes south of Forest)
~ Maelstrom Winery (located 10 minutes southwest of Seaforth)
~ Dark Horse Estate Winery (located adjacent to the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend)

We encourage you to go online so as to learn about the pioneer efforts of our local wine industry, or better yet, make a day trip out of it and enjoy their offerings firsthand!