Pelee Island Heritage CentrePelee Island, Ontario
Made on Pelee: The History of Grape Farming and Wineries on Pelee Island
In an Advertisement placed in the Brantford Daily Courier of 1888, a detailed list was given as to the products offered up by the Pelee Island Winery and Compand:
Dry Catawba is a fine, light, dry dinner wine of fine bouquet, and closely resembling the Sauterne of France and Rhine Wine of Germany.
Sweet Catawba - a choice, sweet, Champagne in flavoured wine, same quality of wine as sparkling wines are made from.
Isabella - a delicious golden-coloured wine, very choice, delicate in flavour, similar to Sicilian wines.
St. Emilion - a red wine, stout, rich and full bodied, made from the Virginia Seedling and Catawba grapes.
St. Augustine - a dark, sweet, red wine, produced from the Concord and Catawba grapes, especially suitable for church purposes.
Claret - a dry, heavy, red wine, produced from the Virginia Seedling grape, a great favourite.
Delaware - a choice light, dry dinner wine. The price asked for the about wines $1.50 per gallon in 5 gallon lots, $1.25 per gallon in barrel lots, or one dozen quarts at $4.50.
Pelee Island Port is a sweet red wine, the product of the Concorde grape. It sells for $1.40 per gallon in 5 gallon lots. Old wines, vintage 1882, are available: Extra Old Canadian Port, Old Concord, and Virginia Seedling Claret. The price is $6.00 for one case of twelve quarts.