May – December: Open Daily
Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Closed Some Statutory Holidays
(Contact the Winery with updated business hours during Statutory Holidays.)
January – April: Limited Retail Store Hours
(Contact the Winery for closings and updated business hours.)
(Tours, Tastings and Loft Rentals are available on days that we are closed with advanced notice,contact the Winery to arrange dates and times.)
Ocala Winery Groups Inc. (previous Ocala Orchards Farm Winery Ltd or Ocala Winery for short) opened to the public as a licensed Ontario winery in the summer of 1995. Fifteen acres of orchards and twenty acres of producing and maturing vineyard provide the fruit for Ocala’s wines. The license under which Ocala Winery operates dictates that at least 50% of the orchard fruit and grapes used for its wines must be grown on-site. Any fruit that is purchased to support wine production must be Ontario, Canada fruit only. Ocala’s orchards and vineyards currently produce 90% of the fruit used in on-site wine production.
Due to a shorter growing season and colder winters at our location, the vineyard is made up of mostly white grape varieties and a few hardy varieties of red. We frequently experiment with new varieties of cool climate/winter hardy vines being developed in Quebec and the Northern United States.
The orchard produces several varieties of apples including: Honey Crisp, Gala, Jonagold, McIntosh, Empire, Spy and Cortland, as well as pears, plums and cherries. Rhubarb, Raspberries and Northern Hardy Kiwi are also grown on site.
The winery itself is housed within a renovated 100 year old, board and beam dairy barn. The processing area, barrel room, tank room, warehouse, lab, and tasting room are all on site.
Non alcoholic sparkling juices are produced yearly from apples and grapes and are available seasonally at the winery.