Toast To The Coast Exhibit Celebrates 150 Years Of Winemaking

An exhibit featuring 150 years of winemaking in Windsor-Essex has been uncorked at Windsor's Chimczuk Museum.

Toast to the Coast — An EPIC Wineries initiative celebrating 150 years of Canadian winemaking, tells the story of the wine industry throughout the region.

A "vine-cutting" ceremony kicked of the display Friday.

Tourism Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island Vice President Lynnette Bain says the exhibit toasts a craft that spans generations.

She tells AM800 News many people don't know how deep the industry roots go across the county.

"It's an exhibit that pays homage too the great climate and soil and geology we have that enables us to grow the grapes," says Bain. "Then it tells us some stories about who were some of the families or individuals involve in pioneering the wine industry in our region, which was the first commercial wine industry in Canada."

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EPIC Wineries launch Toast To The Coast exhibit at Chimczuk Museum in Windsor to celebrate 150 years of winemaking history in the region. (Photo courtesy of Tourism Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island)

Bain says prohibition may have caused a gap in development, but vineyards have come back in a big way.

"There is a rich history and we really had the promise too be innovators and lead in the country," says Bain. "There were awards being won in the early 1900's, late 1800's from some of the vintages that were grown right here in our region."

The exhibit maps out a 150 years of progress.

"Some artifacts, some early wine making tools, stories newspaper clippings, see the collection of the 150 year commemorative wine series that we've put out. Just a whole kind of evolution from the beginnings of the industry to where we are today," says Bain.

Ten collectable bottles celebrating 150 years are available at participating wineries while supplies last. The exhibit runs until Decemebr 31.

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— with files from Ricardo Veneza

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EPIC Wineries launch Toast To The Coast exhibit at Chimczuk Museum in Windsor to celebrate 150 years of winemaking history in the region. (Photo courtesy of Tourism Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island)