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Grapes of Faith Equal Wonderful Wines

Huron County’s first commercial Winery & Cidery are open for business.

9531_2_3_tonemappedJim Landsborough and Catherine Peckitt-Landsborough have roots deep in Huron County. Jim and his ancestors have farmed in Tuckersmith Township located in the Municipality of Huron East since 1834.   And the present 100-acre spread Jim and Catherine call home was once part of her family farm. However since 2009, this industrious couple has put down quite different roots, while embarking on an enterprise that‘s brought a new industry to Huron County—wine making.

6034And not just ordinary wines. Their goal has been to produce the highest quality wine from the very best grapes that Huron County can grow. Following considerable research, which included hiring renown cool climate consultant, Kevin Ker to assist with site and vine selection and visits to numerous wineries in Canada and the USA, as well as a one acre test plot and several trial batches. Maelstrom’s vineyard now spreads over eight acres and comprises 9,600 vines.

5950_1_2_tonemappedHuron East has proven to be just the place to deliver the moderate adversity that grape vines require to produce excellent fruit—the plants need stress to condense the grapes, which results in the most flavourful wines. This boutique winery is growing several hybrid grape varieties developed as cold-hardy, disease tolerant, and early ripening. And Jim and Catherine have also put in vitis vinifera, pure bred European vines, planted on a root stock that makes them hardier. Maelstrom Winery will produce red, white, and rosé wines as well as blends and sparkling cider.

6043Ably assisted by their sons, Brett, Blaine and Brian, who are very much involved with the business, this visionary couple is looking forward to further developing this unique initiative, one that’s sure to heighten the profile of Huron County with wine-lovers and tourists alike.

Grapes and glassWith perseverance, and passion, the Landsboroughs have nurtured their dream to reality. Maelstrom Winery & Cidery with its exceptional products  is now ready for sale, and open to the public Friday to Sunday (each weekend) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at their acreage, just west of Seaforth at 78925 Sanctuary Line off Highway 8.

5968_69_70_tonemapped“We know how harsh it can be here,” says Catherine, “and we love the area because of that. It’s one of those ‘beauty of the storm’ situations where from harshness can come beautiful things.”

“Our business is an adventure and a venture,” she goes on. “The weather here is just what specialty grape vines need to thrive. A bit like those who come to Huron County—and either see the beauty of its storms or move on. We make the cold and snow work for us at Maelstrom Wines.”

Rows of grape vinesThe Landsboroughs retained winemaker Marius Gitoi, a knowledgeable and skillful vintner experienced with cool climate wines and cider, and who, at one time, taught university courses on wine analysis and wine chemistry in his homeland of Romania. To say Marius “knows” his wines is an understatement! Recent tasting parties have been a huge success—Marius has taken Maelstrom’s excellent wines and made them superb.

6167_8_9_tonemappedWhether it be their ruby red Marquette, the unoaked fruity Chardonnay, or light and spicy red blend, aficionados are sure to be impressed with Maelstrom wines—especially as they are the first ‘grown and bottled’ in Huron County.

9546_7_8_tonemappedAnother coup for the winery is that it includes the only commercial plot of mutant Frontenac Blanc vines in Ontario. This sure-to-be-popular white—only just being released for sale now—started out life as a red. However, its grapes mutated on the vine and evolved to what became Frontenac Blanc, a fruity, light, semi-dry wine, often chosen over Chardonnay by wine tasters.

applesOf note as well is Maelstrom’s cider, another specialty of their vintner Marius. Flavourful, semi-dry, with a softness, crispness and aroma that is unmistakably of apple, this cider is all natural—wild fermentation, natural yeast, pure processing and finished with natural low carbonation.

bin of grapesBe the first to partake of these firsts for Huron—outstanding wines made from the very best grapes Huron County can produce and a cider like no other. Maelstron Winery & Cidery – the toast of Huron East.

9514_tonemappedShop in person, order online at or telephone 519-233-WINE (9463). Retail store open Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Maelstrom Winery & Cidery  78925 Sanctuary Line. Just 5 kilometres west of Seaforth Ontario off Highway 8


Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer

Municipality of Huron East (519) 527 0160

Win This Space Competition….and the winner is?

And to think……this all started only 4 short months ago!

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After months of training and developing their unique business plans, a field of 28 “Win This Space” contestants has finally been narrowed down to the top five. These aspiring entrepreneurs will now vie, Dragon Den Style, for a Grand Prize valued at close to $18,000 on Saturday, June 27th at the Seaforth Golf Club and you are invited to attend the Finale!

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Judges: Left to right – Chris Lee, Maureen Agar, Cathy Elliott, Alison Lobb, Brenda Campbell, Neil Tam, Jan Hawley (Absent: Paul Nichol)

I can honestly tell you, this was no easy task for the contestants or the eight judges, who spent hours deliberating over the submissions. However, there can only be one WINNER, and after the FINALE this Saturday, we will finally know, who will open the next new storefront, in either Brussels or Seaforth, both located in the Municipality of Huron East.

Since so many have been following this for months, we are opening the event up to the public. So we encourage you to join us Saturday night starting at 7:00 pm for an exciting, and I expect, very entertaining evening, while we celebrate small business in Rural Ontario.

Place: Seaforth Golf Club, 42990 Front Rd. Seaforth ON N0K 1W0 519.527.0985

Time: Doors Open at 6:30 pm & Presentations at 7:15 pm

Admission: No Charge – Just bring your enthusiasm as we celebrate small business enterprise in Huron County.

Here is a snapshot of the five finalists and our Win This Space sponsors, who without their support, this would never have happened.

Finalists (In random order):

  • Tara Finnigan and Cara Wicke, Local Organics Health Food & Wellness Centre

    A wellness centre providing the highest quality, fresh and natural food, health and wellness products as well as wellness services from health practitioners and educational workshops.

  • Geraldine (Gerrie) Huenemoerder, Local Artescape

    An art gallery featuring Avelina Jewelry, designed by the owner, and arts and crafts by Canadian artists and designers.

  • Kaleda Connell, Degree Fitness

    An all inclusive, training facility featuring functional fitness.

  • Trina O’Rourke, Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop

    A place where beautiful fabrics and stunning quilt samples, accented by antiques, invite quilters to indulge their creative side.

  • Brittany Williams, Grounded Cafe

    A coffee house café/ bistro style serving gourmet coffees & simple pastries.


3 sponsors

Municipality of Huron East Economic Development Department

County of Huron

Small Business Enterprise Centre

Huron Business Development Corporation

Seaforth & Brussels Community Development Trust

Seaforth Business Improvement Area

CKNX – Blackburn Radio

The Beach 104.9

Prize Package:

Huron Business Development Corporation

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The Grand Prize Winner of WIN THIS SPACE will receive from HBDC, an average of 1 hour per week of small business mentoring and advisory services for a period of 52 weeks. This counselling will cover all general aspects of operating a small business including: marketing, accounting, business planning, human resources, guidance on rules and regulations, and etc. Advanced needs such as material about small business income tax requirements and such will be referred to specialists and professionals, who may charge for their services.

Total Value: Approximately $4,000

Edifice Atelier

Edifice Atelier Institute

Edifice Atelier, Vintage Home Charm Television and Rediscovering Canada Television will provide the winner of “Win This Space” a weekly graphic (recipient must provide images) media blast on our social media pages for three weeks. As well Edifice Atelier and Rediscovering Canada will provide a *15 second commercial spot on “Edifice Atelier’s Heritage Places – Cardno Hall episode” to promote your business during broadcast of this episode for two weeks (approximately 100,000 plus viewers).

* 15 second spot will be composed of still shots or stock footage. This does not include on site shooting. Music and voiceover will be included, however is not licensed to the recipient of this commercial spot.

Total Value: $4,000 (no cash value)

Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative


Two gift certificates of $100 each valid toward any Tuckersmith Communications monthly bill, retail item or cellular device.

Total Value: $200

The Edge of Walton Challenge Course

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A team building experience featuring a 50 foot hight ropes challenge course.

Total Value: $250

Precision Print Inc.

Located just off Courthouse Square in Goderich, Precision Print has been in business for over 25 years serving Huron, Perth and Bruce Counties. They will provide the winner of Win This Space  with innovative printing, signs & displays and the services of a graphic designer to help create a lasting impression for their new business.

Total Value: $200

Artech Signs & Graphics


Located in the heart of Seaforth’s Business District, Artech Signs and Graphics is offering a gift certificate entitling the winner of Win This Space to $100 worth of services towards signage, vehicle graphics or website design.

Total Value: $100

Custom Embroidery N’ Sew On


Owned by Kevin Soehner, and located just off of the Square in the Town of Goderich on South Street, “N Sew On” is offering a gift certificate to the winner of Win This Space for custom embroidered items, screen prints, vinyl and custom promotional items.

Total Value: $100

Small Business Enterprise Centre

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The Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre is offering to the winner of Win This Space a Fall Pass to its Huron Better Business Workshop Series.

Total Value: $50

One hundred & fifty years young……

Britannia Lodge No. 170

celebrates a historic milestone with a drama presentation, “The history of Britannia Lodge and the Seaforth Community” at Northside United Church on May 2, 2015.

54 Goderich Street West (Hwy 8) in the Town of  Seaforth beginning at 1:00 pm.

We invite you & your family to share in the celebration of this historic event.

The History of Britannia Lodge

Masonic Lodge 3 gavel

Masonry in Seaforth began in December 1864 when eight Masons from Clinton Lodge #66 requested a new lodge.  Five local men (a physician, shoe maker, labourer, miller & merchant) joined in January 1865 and three more were initiated in February.  In July, 1865, the Grand Lodge of Canada issued a warrant for Britannia Lodge #170.  Alexander Slemmon, a 35-year old Scottish immigrant was installed as the first lodge master.

Masonic Lodge 5 upstairs

The members met on the 2nd floor at the corner of Huron Road & Main Street; however,  in 1874, Britannia Lodge moved to its present location on Main Street.  It was consecrated on March 3, 1875 and the local newspaper described the lodge as ‘beautifully decorated with appropriate pictures and paintings’. 

Masonic Lodge 5 oil painting

On the 2nd floor are four original oil paintings depicting the four seasons.  (It is speculated they were painted by famed landscape artist William Nicholl Cresswell or one of his students).  Heritage Places Television plans to feature these treasures in one of its future episodes.  Here’s a sneak peek of the episode appropriately named, Art, Architecture, & Masons.

Click here for a preview…..

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The members regularly hosted public events.  January 1893 had ‘wives, sisters, friends, etc.’ welcomed for games and refreshments.  At an ‘At Home’ held in February 1903, euchre, crokinole and other such amusements followed an evening of musical recitals attended by ‘a bright and pretty assemblage of young ladies’.  Recently, in May 2014, Britannia’s historic meeting rooms were open to the public for the 45th London Free Press Shunpiker Mystery Tour.

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Several members served King and Canada during the world wars, some paying the ultimate sacrifice.  Bros. Andrew Archibald, Francis Cluff and Frank Welland were killed in the Great War and 21-year old Bro. Frank Casson, a prisoner of war, died in Ceylon in August 1945, one of the last Canadian fatalities of the war.

Masonic Lodge 5 pictures

Over the years, many mayors, reeves, councillors, business and community leaders have been members of Britannia Lodge, including two members of parliament – Thomas McMillan and William Golding.  Senator Golding was the sitting member for Huron East when the Clinton airbase opened in 1941.  His son, Bro. Frank Golding, was the base commander when it closed in March 1972.

CFBClinton AirForce Day 1956

Britannia Masons have helped spearhead fundraising campaigns for the Seaforth arena, hospital and other community projects.

In 2015, the lodge room was relocated to the ground floor; accessible, brighter and compliant.  The re-dedication will take place on 2nd May 2015. Other major restoration projects include the lodge’s facade, which will be restored to its original design during the spring of 2015.

Concept drawing Britannia Lodge