An Unfussy Approach to Wine

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The more time I spend in Grey Bruce County the more I realize it’s almost like medicine for living in the city. We take things far too seriously, get caught up in hype that doesn’t really matter and sometimes you lose sight of the small things that really do matter.


Watch a Day at Hoity Toity Cellars

So a day at Hoity Toity Cellars was the perfect intervention. Normally visiting a winery can be quite a serious thing. You sit and listen to the winemaker, they talk to you about the process, about pairing wine and how to drink it.

Hoity Toity Cellars takes a different approach. Gary and Diane keep in mind they are farmers first. This sets the tone for a very laid back day that isn’t about fussy appearances but having a relaxing day, enjoying good wine and hanging out with the many dogs and sheep that wander the grounds.


sheep at Hoity Toity Cellars66 Pickuphoity toity cider

If you love cider this is the place to visit as they also make fantastic cider. As a region that produces 75% of Ontario’s apples, Grey County has a history of cider and yet much of this tradition was lost over the years.

If you have the time and want to know more about cider Gary is passionate about sharing it… and sharing all of it…beginning with the 1900s. Diane will step in to make sure Gary isn’t talking your ear off but he’s so energetic about sharing it that you will get sucked into the story. Make sure you have a good 45 minutes because there is lots to share and a lot to laugh about.

But a visit to Hoity Toity is a reminder that you can be intelligent, passionate and hardworking without being a snobby jerk. Something we all need to be reminded about from time to time.


Disclosure: I spent the day at Hoity Toity to shoot a video for Grey Bruce County, but as always opinions are my own. When you visit Hoity Toity Cellars ask Gary to tell you the original name of 66 Pickup. It’s a great story.

Join the Conversation

  1. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer says:

    That looks like it was a very fun day! I love wine so I know that I would definitely have enjoyed visiting a place like this, and I love how laid back it seems 😀 BTW, great video!

  2. Rease Kirchner says:

    I want to go here! And drink all this wine! I love this approach. It reminds me of how you and I always end up loving super cheap wines haha.

  3. This sounds like my kind of place! I hate it when places expect you to spend more money basically because they’re pretentious. I’m planning a hen party at the moment and trying to persuade the mum of the bride that you don’t have to go to the Ritz and spend £50 or more to enjoy an afternoon tea. When it comes to wine, though, I’ll take anything!

  4. Thanks for the tip! I love Ontario cider. Love the sheep pic too!

  5. This sounds like a lot of fun! You are so correct that we get caught up in trivial matters and take life all too seriously, we must break the shackles sometimes 🙂

  6. I’ve never heard of Hoity Toity Cellars – I’ll have to make a trip out there this summer!

  7. Sounds like a great way to spend the day…love apple cider!

  8. Cider lovers in our house. I believe we have a field trip to do soon.

  9. Annabel@simplycalledfood says:

    It looks like a great place! I also love apple cider!

  10. Hard cider is my favorite! Looks like such a great way to spend an afternoon.

  11. Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness says:

    I love that photo of the sheep! This looks like a nice place to visit, I’ll have to keep it in mind.

  12. Frank Braun says:

    This looks like a nice place to visit, It looks like a great place!

  13. Looks like a great time!! I love those true farm businesses.

  14. Diana Edelman says:

    Love this!! Sounds like the perfect place to go and sip some wine! Plus, the name gives definite bonus points!

  15. Camels & Chocolate says:

    HA! I love that sheep that wanders into the frame. Adorable!

  16. I think when passion and dedication and handwork is involved, it results in the best products. Great video, love the sheep haha!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Thanks so much, they are such great people and I really wanted to convey that.

  17. So funny I just randomly came across your blog via pinterest and your article “why you should quit your job and travel” and here I find my own home community being featured! I love Hoity Toity and as a family friend of the Fischers, I am so happy to see this. Grey Bruce counties are very underrated in the travel community! Thanks for writing this 🙂

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