From Farm to Glass: Unveiling the Essence of Shale Ridge

From Farm to Glass: Unveiling the Essence of Shale Ridge

 At Shale Ridge Estate Winery, our commitment to quality and authenticity is embodied in our guiding philosophy: "Farm to Glass." This isn't just a catchy slogan; it's a promise and a way of life. In this article, we invite you to explore the meaning behind "Farm to Glass" and how it shapes the exceptional experience we offer.

The Journey Begins on Our Farm

It all started with alcohol, an industry that hasn’t evolved since prohibition. It’s still ruled by huge liquor companies that spend big to get their products on the liquor shelves and in bars. And you’re stuck with their choices. Sketchy ingredients, too much sugar, outdated aesthetics, and too many hangovers. Something needed to change, and as wine makers and grape farmers, we knew alcohol could be different. It can come right from the farms, not factories. It can be fermented naturally and made with real fruits and not artificial flavours. So we created our own alcohol brand. We made our first batch of Cider in our two-car garage from fresh pressed apples from the farm. Today each bottle and can are still handcrafted by our family in Thedford — we’re proud to be making something you can feel good about drinking.

We're Putting a Modern Spin on Wine & Cider

 Alicia discovered cider at a Fruit and vegetable convention that she was attending with her family in Grand Rapids, Michigan back in 2013. That is when she fell in love with the concept of fermented farm fresh apples and grapes in a glass. She has always been a firm believer in drinking something good for you that tastes just as good too! Adding other fruits to the ciders has become her own way of expressing her love for creating new and beautiful things. 

Handcrafted Excellence:

Our grapes undergo a meticulous process from sorting to fermentation. Our  grapes are transformed into wines that tell a story – the story of the land, the season, and the skilled hands that crafted them.We all care more about what we put in our bodies now. The alcohol we drink should follow the same rules. Our product is farm-to-glass with only real ingredients - no sketchy additives. Here are the ingredients we use to make our ciders & wines.

Apples & Grapes

The foundation of every bottle or can. Whether it be Cider or Wine, these are two of the sole ingredients used that are sourced right from the farm or if we don’t grow it, it’s sourced from other local farmers!

Farm Fresh Fruits

Given our very wide selection of flavoured ciders, peach, pear, blueberry, hops, mint, strawberry, cranberry and so much more! We’re proud to say if we don’t grow it on the farm, it’s all sourced locally. Everything you can grow in Ontario.

Raw Cane Sugar

Unlike those typical ciders & wines we don’t use too much (or any at all)— and that’s how we like it. With more impurities than refined sugar for a more natural taste, and a slight fruity aroma.

Locally Sourced Ingredients:

"Farm to Glass" extends beyond our vineyards to include locally sourced ingredients that complement our wines. From seasonal fruits in our blends to artisanal cheeses on our charcuterie boards, we celebrate the flavors of our region, creating a true sense of place in every glass.

A Tasting Experience Like No Other:

Step into our tasting room, and you'll witness the culmination of our "Farm to Glass" philosophy. Each sip invites you to savor the essence of our vineyards, the dedication of our team, and the beauty of our surroundings. It's not just a tasting; it's an immersive experience connecting you to the very roots of our winemaking journey.

Visit Shale Ridge Estate Winery:

As you explore the wonders of Shale Ridge Estate Winery, you're not just enjoying a glass of wine – you're sipping on the fruits of a labor of love, a commitment to quality, and a deep connection to the land. Come join us on this journey from "Farm to Glass," and discover wines that reflect the true essence of our terroir.

In every bottle, in every pour, experience the authentic taste of Shale Ridge – where the journey is as extraordinary as the destination. Cheers to "Farm to Glass" and the stories it brings to life! 🍇🥂