History

Ocala Orchard was originally founded in 1912 by the Smith Family. George Smith was a cattler who purchased land to raise his prized purebred Holsteins for meat and dairy. In the late 1970’s, a decision was made to disperse the herd and to expand the small apple orchard behind the barn in order to shift the family business toward fruit production. Large standard size trees were replaced by the semi-dwarf and dwarf trees that bear plumper and juicier fruit grown today. In the early 90’s, as many other additions of fruit varieties were being made, the planting of grape vines also began, creating a unique estate of an orchard vineyard.

Ocala Winery opened to the public as a licensed Ontario winery in the summer of 1995. 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.

Today, Ocala Winery Groups Inc is more dedicated than ever before to continue the tradition of the Smiths in growing high quality fruits and making delicious wines to be enjoyed by all. With over 30 varieties of wines as well as non alcoholic juices, there’s something for everyone. Come by for a tasting, tour or simply to be taken aback by the beauty of this land.

Winery

The winery is housed within the original structure of a century-old board and beam dairy barn. Ocala’s orchards and vineyards overlook a sprawling valley which leads to the town of Port Perry on the shores of Lake Scugog. Welcome to the Country… Welcome to Ocala.

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Just 40min east of Toronto, Ocala is easier to access than any other vineyard!

 

Opening Hours

Spring 2022

Starting April 16

Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm

 

For appointment please contact

Text message: 9059840388

Facebook: ocalawinery

Email: info@ocalawinery.com

Orchard

  • The orchard consists of more than 3500 trees and produces about 25 varieties of apples from mid July to November including Honey Crisp, Gala, Wealthy,Jonagold, McIntosh, Ruby Mac, Empire, Thom Empire, Tolman Sweet, Spartan, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Ambrosia, Ruby MAC, Yellow transparent, Lodi, Cortland and an 100 year-old Duchess tree. Bartlett pears, Damson plums, Rhubarb and Northern Hardy Kiwi are also grown on site.

 

  • Our Seasonal Fruits store is open from July to November annually with freshly hand-picked fruits that will make your mouth water and make the best pastries and pies.

 

  • We are officially ready from September 18th, 2021 to open our orchard for picking your own. Our orchard will have apples including Gala, Cortland, Empire, McIntosh, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Pear, Plum, Table Grapes. We will not charge an admission fee but a minimum of picking one type of fruit. Our orchard will open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Registration is required from the link…( …). Face Masks are required when entering the orchard and fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for protecting your family and others.

Vineyard

Being atop the Oak Ridge Moraine – an ancient glaciated region – means that we are in a different climate zone than the areas around us. This results in shorter growing seasons and colder winters and is the reason why the vineyard is made up of mostly hardy varieties of wine grapes.

 

Currently, we grow whites such as La Crescent, Muscat, Prairie Star, Adalmiina, Somerset, Seyval Blanc, Vidal and reds such as Marechal Foch, Marquette, Sabrevois and Frontenac. Each grape variety produces unique wine flavours that are completely different.

 

As for table grapes, we have some seedless Sovereign Coronation and Red Katelyn. Harvest season for these grapes will typically be around late August to early September as opposed to wine grapes which aren’t picked until October.

 

We frequently experiment with new varieties of cool climate/winter hardy vines being developed in Quebec and the Northern United States.