About Us

A photo of our winery Kawartha Country Wines is a premium Ontario winery dedicated to making quality fruit wine, cider, red wine and white wine nestled in the heart of cottage country, the Kawarthas. The complimentary tasting bar is a very popular tourist and recreation destination. Visitors will also enjoy complimentary sampling of wine jelly, fruit vinegar, homemade jam and hard cider. This Ontario craft winery is located an hour and a half North of Toronto, North of Peterborough on County Road #36 between the small towns of Buckhorn and Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Love to drink locally? Looking for an innovative Canadian Winery? Kawartha Country Wines is a premium Ontario fruit winery and we look forward to your visit.

A true Canadian experience, the wine making facilities, tasting room and gift shop are housed in a restored log cabin built in 1866 complete with the original square hewn logs and pine floors. Surrounded by 22 scenic acres, the land is planted to apples, pears, several varieties of raspberries, rhubarb and both red and white wine grapes and stately maple trees. This Canadian winery is pleased to accommodate bus tours, we have tour bus parking.

A photo of John Rufa

John Rufa, owner and vintner, comes from a long tradition of family winemaking. Years of practical experience and the study of enology have prepared John well to be a winemaker. The success of his wines can be attributed not only to his fundamental knowledge of traditional winemaking techniques but more importantly to the new, creative and innovative wines which are being vinted by him. John's philosophy is simple "Great wines, for all occasions can be made from Ontario Fruit". His experience, technique and artistry have already proved this to be the case. Ontario Fruit wines have been elevated to the next level with an incredible and exceptional taste experience awaiting you.

Excellence in store for you!

Kawartha Country Wines