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Enjoy some good food, good wine and good vibes at the new Carolinian Winery and Eatery on Dundas St. in Thorndale. Although the location hasn’t changed, the Carolinian now has a:
- New owner who is committed to giving back to the community
- Newly renovated, open space for dining and events
- New retail area
- New fruit wines made from berries grown on-site
Stop by for a unique dining experience, live entertainment or a bottle of locally grown fruit wine.
New Winter Hours
Monday, Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday, Thrusday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Saturday - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sundays - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Brunch only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Carolinian is here to take care of you with our unique menu of locally sourced food to meet a variety of tastes and complement our Carolinian Wines. Owner Bonnie Preece calls the style “home-made comfort foods” but with a twist.
Stop by our newly renovated open-concept restaurant for a unique dining experience. For your special events, you can book our space.
Brunch Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carolinian Eatery enjoy a delicious brunch, including fresh-made scones, jam from the berries grown on site, home-made sausages, pasta, chicken, fruit and a make-your-own omelette station. Cost (including coffee or tea) is only $18.99 for adults, $9.99 for children 10 and under. Children five and under are free.
Lunch Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy tasty sandwiches, crispy fish and chips, mouth-watering burger and fries
or delicious pasta at reasonable prices.
Dinner Indulge in a variety of beef, fish, pork and chicken entrées from Thursday to Saturday until 9 p.m.
Appetizers Come into Carolinian Eatery anytime for hearty portions of Carolinian’s specialty appetizers.
Carolinian fruit wines are nuanced and not overly sweet. Appealing to a wide variety of tastes, we make more than a dozen different fruit and fruit-blend wines on site from our own berry crop and from locally sourced seasonal fruit. Using eco-friendly techniques, we grow our own black currant, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, on our 40-acre property in Thorndale, Ontario.
Enjoy some good food at Carolinian Eatery with your wine or buy a bottle for your own collection at a good price.
- Wine of the month $10.95
- Fruit wines $12.95
- Merlot blends $15.95
- Chardonnay/Reisling blends $16.95
Here’s a list of our current wines, but we’re always creating more.
- Black Currant
- Blueberry Sky - a blueberry blend of chardonnay
- Captain Franc
- Delyte - apple/pear blend
- Harvest - cranberry blend of chardonnay
- Horny Toad - merlot blend and blueberry
- Jazzberry - raspberry and riesling
- Backyard - four-berry combination
- Mistura - merlot blend
- Raven - merlot blend with blackberry
- Witches Brew - merlot blend with black currant and raspberry
- Red Currant
- Synfully (formerly known as Santa’s Secret)
- Strawberry Dry
- Wynter - cranberry, blackberry, blueberry
- Sassytoon-saskatchewan berry - house blend
Carolinian offers a warm, comfortable atmosphere to serve as the stage for family and community events. The recently renovated restaurant features a rustic style with contemporary touches. The large windows overlook an eight-acre berry patch and patio. A stone fireplace warms the air while the professional staff treat you and your guests like royalty.
You can book the newly renovated, open-concept dining space for events of up to 80 people (or more if you want to use the patio). Events include:
- Stag and does
- Charity events
Take advantage of Carolinian’s extensive catering menu and the variety of fruit wines made on site.
To support the community, Carolinian engages a wide variety of local musicians to perform on the weekends. Here’s what’s happening at Carolinians:
May 3 - Closed for dinner (private event)
May 10 - Closed for dinner (private event)
May 12 - Book now for Mother's Day brunch
May 18 - Closed for service (private event)
May 25 & 26 - Homes of Distinction.
Before Bonnie Preece met her sisters for lunch in Thorndale in February 2010, she never thought about owning a winery or a restaurant. As they ate in the Carolinian Eatery, her sisters told her that they thought it was for sale. In May 2011, Bonnie purchased the Carolinian Winery and Eatery on Dundas Street in Thorndale. She’s now putting her heart and soul into the place.
“I was retired from retail sales, and I started thinking about buying a business. Carolinian was a good fit for me as I wanted customers to feel the same way I did with my lunch experience,” says Bonnie.
After three months of renovations, Carolinian Winery and Eatery is open for business again with new staff, a new menu and a new open-concept dining area. For Bonnie, the business is a way to give back to her community. “I’m passionate about animal rescue, feeding people and art,” she says. So Carolinian buys locally grown products, features local bands and donates to local causes, including:
- Rotholme Women’s & Family Shelter
- May Court Club’s nutrition program
- Inn Out Of The Cold shelter in St. Thomas
- Make a Wish Foundation
- Canadian Mental Health Association
As Bonnie has discovered, being a hands-on owner of a winery and restaurant is hard work. “This business requires continuous creativity to stay ahead of the competition in both the winery and the restaurant. Both areas take tremendous effort and leadership to stay on track and keep building,” she says.
Stop by Carolinian Winery and Eatery for a unique dining experience, live entertainment or a bottle of locally grown fruit wine. As the only winery in Middlesex, Carolinian also welcomes tours. We’re only 5 kms east of Veterans Memorial Parkway on Dundas St. Get Directions
- Mailing address:
4823 Dundas Street Thorndale, ON N0M 2P0
- Phone: 519-268-2000
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please do not book online. Please call us to make a reservation.)
Owner of Carolinian Winery & Eatery
Bonnie takes an active role in all departments within the Carolinian. Primarily she works within the community to promote her business through attending networking groups and wine and food shows. She’s also a member of Middlesex Tourism, Tourism London and the Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association.
“All my staff are integral parts of the whole. I am lucky to have such a wonderful professional team to represent the Carolinian Winery & Eatery.”
Together with Bonnie, Michael manufactures and creates Carolinian’s wines. He looks after the starting, fermenting and bottling of our products.
Dining Room Manager/Events Coordinator
With supervisory experience at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club and Riverbend Golf and Country Club, Audrey’s professionalism and attention to detail helps her keep everything at Carolinian running smoothly. Her focus is our customers’ needs and she never disappoints. Together with lead chef Houssein, Audrey will help you co-ordinate all aspects of any small- to medium-sized party function or large events, including weddings or elegant private evenings.
Ron has played an active role in helping us develop Carolinian from the ground up. He has helped us revamp our business structure to help us succeed for the future of Carolinian.
Denise’s skill with numbers helps keep the winery liquid and the eatery cooking. A lot of her work is in co-operation with Ron, and Ron figures out what the numbers mean.