Approximately three weeks ago, I began working at Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery, located on Concession 12 in beautiful Waterford, Ontario.
If you’re unfamiliar with this place, I highly encourage you to check out their website. This is one of the most serene locations to visit in Norfolk County, and although I may be slightly biased in stating this because I work here, plenty of folks would be in complete agreement with me.
Bonnieheath Estate is located on a former tobacco farm, with many of the buildings (such as kilns, which are used to cure tobacco) still in use today after being repurposed for alternate crops, specifically lavender, grapes, and small grains. The owners, Steve and Anita Buehner, have worked to keep the tobacco history present across the property, which is something I tremendously appreciate with my own connection to tobacco.
Bonnieheath Estate is classified as an estate winery, meaning the wines produced and sold on site are made from the grapes located on the farm. The Buehner’s are heavily invested in environmental sustainability and are involved with numerous environmental projects on the farm. Native grasses and wildflowers are grown to enhance biodiversity and pollinator habitat, and two wetlands are situated at the back of the farm to attract different wildlife species.
Many wines are available for purchase on site, including whites, reds, and a lavender-infused dessert wine. Their ciders are amongst the best I’ve ever had (specifically their Sweet Lips cider), and their lavender boutique features a vast assortment of lavender products, also made on site. Take a look at some of their items here.
I genuinely cannot adequately express how stunning Bonnieheath Estate is to visit, specifically in late June/early July when the lavender is in full bloom. It’s a wonderful place to visit, owned by wonderful people.