Reviews

“Jonathan is one of the coolest winemakers in Ontario and probably one of the most talented…  I’m sure you will love his wines.”

-Pierre Ferland, Read Between The Wines Podcast; self-proclaimed Global Ambassador for Windrush and CEO of the Jonathan Boyle Fan Club


Omgosh ! The Riesling is fantastic – it’s my new white favourite ….even better then Tawse . It’s not sweet and has a hint of tartness like a grigio. Just Wonderful thanks!

-Anna


“You’re now our go to for special occasions.”

-Cameron and Julie Filipchuk


“I wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed the wines we bought. Our favourite bottle was the Cabernet Franc, absolutely delicious! Please pass this message on the winemaker. Thank you for encouraging us to leave with a bottle.”

-Serena


“On our way now to pick up our favorite brand of wine.”

-Sherry Tower


Windrush Chardonnay Bottle“The Chardonnay is quite lovely with a terrific opening aroma, great balance, and very elegant. The wine simply shines in the glass!”

“I was blown away by the Pinot Noir. Jon has done a great job of finishing the wine with his added touches. Lovely aromatics, very well-defined Pinot Noir character, nice aftertaste, no bitterness, tannins have found a home.”

“The Cab Franc shows very nice character – very smooth for a young red just bottled…”

“We enjoyed Windrush’s Dry Riesling with our chicken tonight and I have to say the wine was very impressive – the bouquet jumped out of the glass, lovely citrus, fresh, and the taste was ethereal – truly!  This is a beautifully balanced Riesling, in fact I would say a perfect balance, and clean tasting from start to finish.  The only unfortunate thing is you want to drink too much of it!   Congratulations to Jon on a superb job.”

-Jim Warren, Legendary Vintner


“Marilyn, thank you so much for having us, it was such a fun experience and we had an absolutely amazing time.”

-Nitu Mistry, Sobeys Ontario & E-Commerce


“Just want to thank you for having us as guests at your fabulous estate.   It was the highlight of our visit to Hockley Valley.  We all agree that it was probably the most enjoyable tour and tasting we’ve ever experienced. You were both so welcoming and generous with your time and knowledge.  We really appreciate you opening your home and sharing your life’s journey to Windrush with us.   And of course, being able to enjoy a lovely bottle of your wine at the chateau was the perfect way to end the tour.”

-Ken and Laura Welch, Doug and Joy Thompson


“John, I have to admit the temptation got the better of me. I cracked open your 2019 Jim Warren Classic Chardonnay. Now, I’m not a Chardonnay kinda guy. “Oaky” was always too woody for me. But I have to tell you, as I’m on the back deck of my home on a late end-of-week afternoon, this glass was as perfect pause to punctuate the week. Your oak aging seems to have hit my spot. I enjoyed it with a potential client who really enjoyed it too! Thank you for your insight and recommendation. Now onto the Cab Franc!”

-Howard L


“Your beautiful property (and delicious wines and incredible hospitality) were the first harvest host we stayed at and while we have stayed at a few more, it was by far our most favourite experience!!!!! We still talk about it……”

-Michelle and Marc


“I had the Pinot Grigio reserve with a lovely honey and citrus glaze salmon yesterday. It was the most awesome glass of wine I’ve ever had!

Even though I’m a white wine drinker, I loved the Pinot Noir during the tasting with John. He told me the story about you and the cinnamon donuts. I have a recipe for cinnamon walnut rugelach and look forward to drinking it on New Years!

Thank you so much for being part of a new holiday tradition.”

-Rose Schmidt


“…you are one of the best things that have come into my life in 2020!”

-Diane Dann


“Impeccable wines, breathtaking estate with amazing views and landscaping… I would put this on a must see list for everyone.”

-Ute Louise Bartol


“Marilyn, what a treat it was to meet you today. We had a really great time visiting your chateau…. Thank you for your outstanding hospitlity. We all look forward to meeting you again….You will be in our thoughts when we open our Windrush wine. Best wishes for your winery!”

-S.W.


“We had a meal designed around your Pinot Grigio: three mushroom risotto and honey garlic shrimp. For this dish, the crisp fruity nature of the wine was a lovely counterpoint to the food. However, the marvellous surprise was how magical it married with appetizers which were smoked salmon, smoked olives and smoked olive tapenade. With this, the wine lengthened the smoky flavour for minutes allowing us to enjoy everything at a slow pace.

Pale straw colour with notion legs

Nose: sweet tropical fruit (pineapple, passion fruit and kiwi

Taste: starts at the middle of the tongue with bitter apple, white grapes, minerals, unripe peaches and spicy. After taste: lingering lime or stone fruit.

All in all was lovely experience!”

-William Beauvais


“I would like to thank you for making my birthday so special. I was very touched that you would open your home for my family to celebrate my birthday. It couldn’t have been a better gift. With thoroughly enjoying the tour of wine making, becoming more educated and tasting the fruits of your hard and dedicated work. We will be back for more!”

-The French family


“Marilyn, thank you so much for making this day truly special for me and my wife. The entire family had an amazing time at the winery. Your hospitality was amazing and so much more than expected.”

Donovan


“Thank you for a lovely visit on Saturday. You are both such gracious hosts. John, we so enjoyed your “talk”….so informative and interesting. Marilyn, we loved your home. Thank you for opening it to us and allowing us to enjoy the delicious Pinot Grigio in such a beautiful setting. The third floor is so spacious and comfy…..the views spectacular. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you…”

-Beth and Paul Gilbert


“What a wonderful surprise discovery — “Windrush”! Genuine thank you for the experience on an exceptional November day on behalf of Gail and our friends. Enjoyed the tasting, the insights on the property and of course the hospitality with the outstanding views of “the valley”. But of course, the star attractions were the wines, in particular the new Cab Franc and dry Riesling.”

-JC and Gail


“This was our first HH stay and it was fantastic. The hospitality and the views were incredible. Our site was georgous and private. We had a tour of the wine making facility and tasting, and well, we ending up buying a case. Great wines — Great people!”

-Brian C


We enjoyed a wonder stay at Windrush Estate on June 17, 2021. What an amazing and peaceful location. Marilyn and John could not have been more gracious hosts and welcomed us personally and got us situated in the perfect spot amongst the vine groves.There are many winding paths to explore the property. We met other guests and simply enjoyed our stay immensely. Highly recommended. To top it all off, the wines they produce and sell are top notch! I highly recommend the Pinot Noir. We will definitely be back!

-Asad R


“Thank you again SO much for not only the best wine I’ve ever tasted but the most amazing hospitality.  Both you and John made our 5th anniversary a day we will never forget. We’re already talking about our next date back at the winery haha. My parents were so impressed with how amazing both the Pinto Grigio and the Pinto Noir tasted! My mom and I were just talking yesterday about planning a girls’ date at the winery…!”

-Sara Franco


“Marilyn, thanks again for an absolutely lovely afternoon! On top of the great wine you’re making, just connecting and chatting with you was so great, and quite honestly, has been the highlight of my solo weekend away!”

-Alex Yule


“We so enjoyed our stay at Windrush Estate Winery! Owners Marilyn and John met us in person at the winery and were very kind and welcoming! They gave us a tour and helped us choose some wine for a gift, which was packaged beautifully….We walked the tree-lined paths and enjoyed the stunning views and fresh air. It was so scenic and peaceful. A fine location with wonderful hosts.”

-Rob & Laura


“Your Pinot Grigio is elevated and lifted and delicious with character. Windrush Pinot Noir cries out ripe cherry fruit and an undertone of earth. Beautifully made; superb!”

-Stephen Ranger of Ranger Wine


“I was at Harbour 60 last night and they told us that everyone is loving the Windrush Pinot Grigio still and they can’t believe it’s Ontario product.”

– R. P.


“Windrush Estate Jim Warren Classic Chardonnay 2018: These are the latest Jim Warren chardonnays available for sale. His chardonnays embrace both an opening aromatic nose and a terrific mid-palate taste of what he is known for: rich stone fruit, some tropicality and orchard fruit, a judicious use of oak, ending with a citric minerality for a strong food wine. Bearing in mind what you get from California and Europe that costs much more, this is a great price for value. 3g/L residual sugar. 14% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 94 points.”

– Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures


“In my 40+ years in the business … John and Marilyn at Windrush Estates thoroughly impressed me with the passion and commitment needed to be in the wine business… I was really taken with their out-of-the-gate commitment to quality, which I experienced first-hand. The long-standing reputation of their consulting winemaker, who is a legend in our industry, was coupled with a sound business model to convince high-end restaurants to carry their products … early business decisions I rarely see in wineries of that brief history…”
– D. B.


“The Season of Spring lifts our hearts and spirits with the newness of life … The hills of Windrush are etched in our memories, along with the Spirit of Windrush that ebbs and flows through the pines and valley, echoing the words spoken with intent and wisdom, and friendship.”
– C. G.


“There is a tranquility and wildness that lifts our spirit and we breathe a little lighter every time we drive over the single-lane bridge, over the gurgling stream, into sight of Windrush Chateau overlooking the hills and welcoming us to Windrush Estate Winery.”

-Chris and Chihiro


“We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the winery and having a glass of wine at your beautiful chateau.  Thank you again for hosting me, Steve, Frank and Elena and for the beautiful and thoughtful birthday card. You and John have a gem in the Hockley Hills and we wish you much success and happiness as it flourishes! We will definitely come again.  We have lots of people we would love to take there.”

-Bonnie Koenig


“Thank you we so enjoyed our time learning about your wine and having the house tour your place is beautiful. We have and will continue to pass on our experience there and have already shared some wine with friends.”

-Louise and Scott Kenzig


“It was not only a pleasure but also a surprise to taste your wines yesterday at the Dymon Wine Cellar: a surprise since the varietal name on the label cannot tell what you are really going to enjoy in your nose and mouth. [Winemaker] Jon Boyle and [Vintner] Jim Warren showed us what can be done with VQA wines – to redefine what Pinot Grigio can taste like when done like a Pinot Gris (as recognized by your recent Decanter World Wines Award for your 2017 vintage). You changed Jennifer’s opinion not only about Pinot Grigio but Chardonnay as well.

The same applies to your delicate, bone dry and flavourful 2019 VQA Riesling. It will really stick out of the pack in an Ontario Riesling tasting!

A special mention to your 2019 VQA Cabernet Franc (to be bottled in November). Great job, Jon!
Thanks to the whole Windrush Estate Winery for this memorable experience. I am looking forward tasting the next vintage.”

-Christian Frayssignes, GM, Wine Operations, Dymon Group of Companies


“Windrush Winery is truly a jewel in Southern Ontario and well worth visiting. The impressive chateau and vistas are just as stunning as their award winning wines. Upon entering the entrance gate, the driveway weaves through the valley up the hill to their chateau and further on to the recreation area….

John gave us a tour of the winery and told us a bit of their incredible history. We purchased a couple of bottles of wine, one we planned to enjoy with dinner that night. Shortly after returning to our rig, Marilyn asked if we would like to exchange one of the bottles we had just bought for one that was perfectly chilled from her fridge, for us to enjoy with our dinner. How thoughtful!!! And the Pinot Noir we enjoyed… extraordinarily smooth and delicious!

Marilyn and John are both warm, generous and gracious individuals and are wonderful hosts! We will definitely be back and can highly recommend this gem of a destination. Their wines are exceptional!!!”

-Steve R


“I just wanted to say again warm thanks for the hospitality, beautiful location and of course delicious wine, as always. We enjoyed ourselves immensely – and comfort of our senior fur-child is always the top priority (whether it is AC, shade, companionship or what may be). He loved it!!! 🙂 Sorry we missed you but will catch you next time! Thanks again and best wishes,”

– Cheryl & Tim


“Thank you so much for the tour. We love your winery!! As you can see from the picture, we just couldn’t wait to open the Chardonnay!! We had it with a pound of mussels and an arugula pizza. An absolutely sublime wine.”

-Mauro and Annick Masatti


“I absolutely loved the Pinot Grigio, I loved the gris colour, mouthwatering acidity, beautiful citrus notes and my favourite the salinity on the finish! Great complexity, and very food friendly. My favourite of the three and I plan to post on Instagram tomorrow about how much I enjoyed it.”

-Lori Sullivan, sommelier


Windrush Estate Winery Views & WineEnjoying some Windrush Rose the Winery kindly delivered to our home. It’s helping keep up our spirits during the stay-at-home direction. Also puts a new perspective on Gardening! This could catch on!

Thanks again to Marilyn and John for their efforts to lift spirits up!

-Peter and Dragica Cocker


“I did not comment on the wines in my first review as I did not taste them all at the time of my initial post. I can confidently say – all are exceptional.”

-Belinda R.


“We booked Windrush Estate Winery for a specialised and challenging corporate event with our most important clients, tight timelines and no margin for error. In planning and execution, they delivered far above our expectations and then went the additional extra mile to make sure our clients had the best experience possible. The team at Windrush should be your first choice for exceptional events in Ontario; they will remain ours.”

-Dr Vincenzo Repaci, Director of Projects Mitchell Industries


“What an amazing piece of paradise you have. Such an honour that you shared it for our celebration. Everyone was amazed at your view and so impressed with your winery operation. Once again thank you for giving my family wonderful memories to treasure.”

-Nancy


“Windrush Estate Hockley Valley Jim Warren Classic Chardonnay 2018 Foxcroft Vineyard VQA Beamsville Bench – $65 at winery, only 80 cases made [2019 is $49.95]: these are indeed the latest Jim Warren Classic Chardonnays available for sale. His chardonnays embrace both an opening aromatic nose and a terrific mid-palate taste of what he is known for: rich stone fruit, some tropicality and orchard fruit, a judicious use of oak, ending with a citric minerality for a strong food wine. Bearing in mind what you get from California and Europe that costs much more, this is a great price for value. 3g/L residual sugar. 14% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 94 points.”

-Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures


“Best Ontario Pinot Noir!”

-Zofia and Keri Humber


“A splendid day at Windrush! John did a superb presentation. I had never been to a winery before but others in the group have… John explained far better to them than any other winery they have experienced, so they expressed.”

-Brenda Keyes


“Marilyn and John, our hosts and the founders of Windrush Estates, have set the bar incredibly high for us! A stunning setting where we enjoyed their world class wines and a beautiful ,peaceful night. Fantastic, we highly recommend to anyone thinking of visiting. Top class!!”

-Richard B


“After travelling through beautiful countryside hills and valleys, we passed the two stone pillar gates at the Estate entrance, only to be mesmerized by the breathtaking grounds and a beautiful Chateau Estate, facing the whole valley. There…we were greeted by Marilyn and John, the co-owners. Such charm and personality…They immediately made us feel right at home … After settling down, we walked the trails surrounding the vineyard with our friends. We then headed to the winery for a private tour. John greeted us in the store, where several types of award winning wines were showcased and John explained how the winery came about and elaborated on their take on the process of wine making. Everything in the winery was very clean and nicely displayed and the tour and tasting was done with such class! John walked us though the scents, the textures and tasting of several of their wines. We left with 6 bottles, 3 of each of the Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir that we had tried. By far one of the most amazing wineries in this Ontario region.”

-Gilles C


“Best Ontario Pinot Noir!”

-Zofia and Keri Humber


“Hello we really enjoyed our visit the other day and your wines are amazing. Thank you. We will be back!”

-Cindy


“Thank you for your warm hospitality and a big thank you to John for his stories, a lovely tour, and of course your top-notch wine! I am so incredibly happy I discovered your gem of a winery. My husband Sean and I have been going to the Niagara-on-the-Lake region for wine tasting for years; we also indulged in wine tasting across Europe (we travelled for 6 months a few years back), and yet some of the best wine we’ve ever tasted was yours – so delightfully close to home! We’d love to repeat the experience next weekend…”

-Olesya & Sean Martin


We visited this lovely quiet location in June. You take a long and winding driveway which climbs up to a plateau where the house and vines are situated. It offers absolutely superb views, especially from the terrace at the house which guests are invited to use. Marilyn and John have enjoyed fascinating careers and are such talented people. We learned a great deal about the production of their wine which was truly excellent. We will be going back for more in the near future. The site offers a number of walks, including a forest valley walk down to the winery past a model railway, and also a good hike around the vineyards. The sunset was gorgeous. Marilyn was the perfect Host and ensured that we felt welcome at their home, which by the way is unique and was designed by John.

-Kevin L


“… during your private event at Art Toronto, I sampled the red wine, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality – roundness and depth of flavour were greater than I was expecting from a local wine. As a result of that tasting, my husband and I purchased a red and a white wine directly from Windrush Estate Winery, and we have enjoyed them immensely. Thank you again for introducing us to this new winery!”

-Jane Theodore


“Jon, thank you for being such a great and patient host and guide. I learned so much and the group has been talking about it nonstop. The wine was wonderful and we can’t wait to open up some bottles tonight. We will definitely look to book other events in the future. It was so nice at the vineyard today and we know we only got to enjoy a small part of it. Until the next time!”

-Mark B


“It was great to see your operation. It was apparent your goal is quality.”

-Wine importer


“A big thank you to Marilyn & John at Windrush Estate Winery. Marilyn provided an in-depth description for each type of wine, invited us to the terrace that has expansive views of the countryside, and gave us fresh vegetables from one of their investors. Marilyn explained how the Chateau and winery came about; they have an incredible story which is included in the welcome package. The property is beautiful, the Pinot Grigio & Pinot Noir wines were excellent and we highly recommend this.”

-Eric J


“What a hidden gem this place is! Beautiful location, exceptionally welcoming hosts and delicious wine. We will certainly be back.”

-Paul W


“Windrush Estate Winery was created from the imagination and determination of Marilyn Field and her husband J. C. Pennie. This beautiful new winery is located an hour’s drive north of Toronto on the north bench of Hockley Valley.

The name Windrush hails from the Windrush River Valley in the Cotswolds, England. I think it is also very appropriate as the area surrounding the winery can be very windy indeed!

Jonathan Boyle, the very personable chief winemaker, makes wines at Windrush. The highly regarded Jim Warren is the consulting winemaker. As the vines planted on the property are still too young to produce grapes for wine production just yet, grapes for current vintages are sourced from the Niagara region. . .

I was particularly impressed with their Pinot Grigio. People who know me will be surprised by this selection, as I find it difficult to rave about Pinot Grigio!… This is one of the most interesting and delicious Pinot Grigios from Ontario I have had the pleasure to taste. It is dry with a charming forward aroma, medium body and rounded tropical flavours and a lingering finish. This is not a light Pinot Grigio. It has character and charm. This is a wine to be enjoyed with appetizers, and light to medium main courses. . .

Try and visit if you can. It is worth the drive!”

-Shari Mogk-Edwards on March 8, 2020


Thank you for the unforgettable memories. Mai-liis and I really enjoyed the educational experience with your extravagant wines. Marilyn, thank you so much for the enlightening conversations about education, especially music, and hosting on your beautiful terrace. We really enjoyed and appreciate the full experience.

-Brooke and Mai-liis


Beautiful property. Lots of open space to explore. Host were very welcoming and extremely organized. Marilyn was very helpful and generous during our stay and John gave us a informative tour of their operation. Would visit again.

-Brian P.