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The Niagara Wine Trail

“Where the soil, the slope, the sunshine, the warmth, the rainfall and the craftsmanship all matter. Together, they give us better grapes. And better grapes give us better wine.” – VQA

Ontario has three primary grape-growing regions, where the soil and climate create unique growing conditions:

  • Lake Erie North Shore
  • Niagara Peninsula (regional appellations: Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Escarpment)
  • Prince Edward County

I got the chance to tour the Niagara Peninsula for two days during the labor day weekend and visited various wineries. I would suggest to pick three to five popular and award-winning wineries to visit as a starting point. You will then pass by a number of wineries along the way, then you can choose to make a stop, some wineries will really surprise you, even though they don’t appear on any best list out there. I visited around 15 wineries in two days, i had the wine tasting at Chateau des Charmes and i had lunch at Strewn and i bought a bottle of wine to enjoy at home from Strewn too. I would not make a review of the character and taste of the wines i tasted since they all taste the same for me, but there are wineries which i considered really special because of the design, aesthetics, charm, and the overall relaxing and welcoming feel.

Wineries:

Chateau des Charmes – founded by a French winegrower, it is family estate winery which is set among 35 hectares of pristine vines, surrounded by romantic rose gardens, set against the backdrop of the Niagara Escarpment, which makes it the perfect setting for celebrations of all kinds.

Location: 1025 York Rd, St. Davids, ON L0S 1P0, Canada

Visit the website for more information.

At the tasting bar – great selection of wine at a minimal price (C$1-2) – 4 selection with a complimentary tasting of Rosé.

Strewn Winery – the winery offers a tasting room, wine boutique, OLiV restaurant and Wine Country Cooking School.

Location: 1339 Lakeshore Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

Visit the website for more information.

The OLiV restaurant offers delicious food and the menus make use of the many varieties of OLiV’s signature extra virgin olive oil (EVO) and true balsamic vinegar in each dish.

  • Light-filled 65 seat restaurant overlooking Four Mile Creek
  • Patio for al fresco summer dining
  • Delicious seasonal menus
  • Available for private group functions
  • Retail store and complimentary EVO and balsamic tastings

To see current menus and learn more, go to the restaurant’s website.

Ravine Vineyard – a family farm which is home to organic vineyards and winery with streetscape concept, award-winning culinary experiences, sprawling kitchen garden and grocery, distinctive event venues and community gatherings with 34 acres of beautiful rolling vineyard in the historic village of St. Davids, Ontario.

Location: 1366 York Rd, St. Davids, ON L0S 1P0, Canada

Visit the website for more information.

Vineland Estates Winery – picturesque venue, extensive vineyards on the bench of the Niagara Escarpment provide the stunning backdrop to a unique cluster of carefully restored historic buildings: Landmark stone tower stands proudly over a former Mennonite homestead with structures that date back to the 1840s, the former farmhouse, now The Restaurant with its panoramic views of the vineyards; the century barn that houses the retail store and wine tasting bar under soaring wood beams; and the charming stone Carriage House, with its intimate surroundings for private events.

Location: 3620 Moyer Rd, Vineland, ON L0R 2C0, Canada

Visit the website for more information.

Peninsula Ridge Winery – the property is stunning, with breathtaking views of the Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario including the Toronto Skyline and the pristine vineyards. The restaurant is set in historic “Queen Anne Revival” Victorian mansion perched on the brow of the Beamsville Bench and features a great outdoor patio for dining.

Location: 5600 King St, Beamsville, ON L0R 1B0, Canada

Visit the website for more information.

 
 

 



6 thoughts on “The Niagara Wine Trail”

  • Great list of wineries, some of the food sounds great as well. I will definitely need to add this area to my list next time we’re planning a wine trip. Great photos too!

  • I just love the idea of having a meal at one of these wineries accompanied by a selection of their good wines. These all look well worth visiting. I’ve done wine tastings in both France and Italy so we should really visit a few in other parts of the world too. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  • I love wine tasting and exploring vineyards – I really didn’t know much about the Niagara region so enjoyed reading this post. I’m not sure there’s anything better than good wine, good food and beautiful scenery! Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

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