Starting a brewery or winery in Ontario is an exciting challenge. You want to thoroughly research the area you are considering to be sure it will give your business the best possible chance to succeed. 

Deep in the heart of Ontario, Canada’s largest beer market and a significant and expanding wine region, is the low competition, mostly untapped market of Lennox & Addington County. Close to major population centres, this amazing Food and Beverage Region is frequented by both residents and tourists year round.

3 Benefits to Help Define Your Niche When Starting a Brewery or Winery

1. Local Farms Grow Quality Ingredients

Mckinnon Brothers 11.jpgIf you are looking to grow your own ingredients, you will find large tracts of agricultural land in Lennox & Addington County. Our communities were built on agriculture, which means the land has been stewarded for growing throughout recent generations. If you are looking to purchase ingredients from a local grower, there are many established farms available to partner with.

MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company added a farm-based brewery to the family farm, settled over 200 years ago by their ancestors. They now grow their own hops and barley in the fields surrounding the renovated barns that house their brewery.

2. Regional Growing Conditions Enrich Beverage Flavour

Breweries and wineries are becoming increasingly successful in non-traditional growing regions. Take advantage of the unique flavours and flavour blends that are naturally available in Lennox & Addington County.

At Thirty Three Vines Winery, limestone and clay-based loamy soils enrich the wines with crisp acidity, minerality and delicate flavours of fruit.

3. Unique Artisan Partnership Opportunities

Bergeron Estate Winery2.jpgTo participate in the recent trend for Ontario wineries and breweries to partner with creators of Artisan foods, look no further than Lennox & Addington County. Local Artisan cheeses, breads, meats and more will complement your beverages, creating unique taste experiences for your customers.

Bergeron Estate Winery offers four-course wine and food pairing dinners, as well as pizza on site from Nonna’s Pizzeria, with crusts made from scratch and toppings made from local ingredients. 


Local Business Support Helped These Companies Find Their Niche

Napanee Beer2.JPGThe Napanee Beer Company’s Geordan Saunders competed in several amateur Canadian brewing competitions. “Beer recipe development is something I have been very interested in and I discovered that I kind of had a knack for it,” he says.

The Hard Way Cider Co. produces hand-crafted, cold pressed and barrel aged small batch cider made from 100% Ontario apples. Founders Lisa & Steve Goddard have created a business that allowed them to return to what is important to them: connecting with nature and building something they can be proud of.

Twelve Barrels owner, Cole Miller, uses a unique recipe based on a Canadian Whisky first distilled in 1853, on the shores of the Napanee River.

Our Business Support Will Help You Succeed Too

The Lennox & Addington County Economic Development Office provides extensive business support for starting a brewery or winery. 
Our Business and Tech Coaches can assist with market research, funding applications, and site selection, and anything else you may need. We’ll introduce you to local partners that can help build your business. 

Get In Touch With Us!

Find out how the Lennox & Addington Economic Development Office can help