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.