County Weekly News Article



Near the end of a winding, tree-lined road just south of Consecon, you can have a true taste of a romantic tale.

For the past several years, Pauline Joicey and Gilbert Provost have poured their heart and souls into an 11-acre field on Partridge Hollow Road, working virtually non-stop to plant, nourish and ultimately grow thousands of grape vines.

The fruits of the couple’s labour finally paid off, as their small, boutique winery – Redtail Vineyard – toasted a grand opening over the weekend with its own 2008 vintage.

“I always said, I wasn’t going to make wine unless I could grow my own grapes,” Provost proudly proclaimed while pouring out tasting samples at the Partridge Hollow Road facility, Canada’s only “off-grid” winery, which also happens to be organic.

There is much of a story to tell, from the family of Redtail Hawks that have nested nearby to how the winery uses power from the sun, but perhaps the most intriguing is how for many, Redtail is a symbol of what is to come to the landscape of Prince Edward County