UPDATE (March 27, 2013): 2000 downloads. 164 Wineries. Still free! We’re working on a new update which should be out in the next couple of months. Stay tuned.
UPDATE (July 9th, 2011): Get the updated App here.
UPDATE (June 21st, 2011): We’ve submitted a new build to fix a couple of issues pointed out by our early users, namely:
– Added the web links for the winery web sites
– Fixed the 1-800 number dialing issue
– Added hot links to any URLs listed in the description of the wineries or in the routes
– Added the ability to select the winery in the map view
– Reduced file sizes to improve performance when devices have poor data connections
UPDATE (June 3rd, 2011): The FREE Uncork Ontario app is available here in iTunes. Try it out and send us your feedback – it’s the best way for us to improve it.
As of today, we have 151 wineries (10 different wine routes) represented, with a few more still to load!
So we’re in the final stages of development on the Uncork Ontario app. We’ve been keeping it quiet as we’ve been developing it, but now that we’re close to release and collecting info from various Ontario wineries, it’s time to come out of stealth mode.
The idea for the app came out of a trip to PEC, where my wife Debbie and I realized that many of the small, family-operated wineries were not listed on the various marketing maps put out by different organizations (I still have the map with “X”s drawn on it by Bruno from @TheOldThird pointing us to other small vineyards he recommended). Sometimes they were too new and missed the printing, other times they couldn’t afford the fees associated with these organizations.
As it has gotten easier to develop applications and offer them directly to the consumer, I set off with a friend to develop an iPhone/iPod application that we intend to provide FREE through Apple. It will list every winery that I can find info on in the province, and provide salient details like operating hours, directions, and contact info. There’s also a small photo gallery for each, and I am building some custom Routes that should appeal to a variety of tastes and interests.
There’s also no fee for wineries to get listed. I see this as our gift to the Ontario wine industry, that little something that I could do to help lift the industry as a whole, and get more people exploring the great wine regions of Ontario. If you are a winery in Ontario and have not heard from us yet (we are contacting all of you), feel free to ping us at the contact info below or leave a comment.
I’d like to eventually get it onto Blackberry and Android mobiles as well but we’ll have to see how it goes on Apple to start. I also have some more ideas and would like to progress the functionality, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: Added a couple of screenshots below:
Vineland Estate Winery’s Page
Karlo Estates Page
Full Map Integration for Driving Directions
Listing view vs Map View