Niagara Wineries

YOU'RE NEVER FAR FROM THE PERFECT WINERY EXPERIENCE.

One look at the lush, expansive hills and valleys of Niagara and you’ll know. This is wine country. In fact, the Niagara Peninsula is one of the most acclaimed grape-growing and winemaking regions in Ontario. Gently blanketing much of the Niagara countryside, the countless vineyards and wineries offer a wide array of one-of-kind, intimate experiences. Whether you’re a serious connoisseur, or a wandering grazer more interested in food and views, our portfolio of wineries is a great place to start when planning your next trip.

If you’ve never experienced a tasting room or a winery tour you’ll quickly become hooked. Each winery in Niagara has a unique atmosphere, its own winemaker and beautifully crafted wines that embody “terroir;” wine speak that simply means that the wine reflects the soils and conditions in which the grapes have been grown. This is where tasting becomes so important as you sip and savour to discover your preferences.

Many of our wineries are small, producing limited batches of wines that you may have enjoyed in a restaurant but can’t find on retail shelves. When you find your favourites, make sure to take a few bottles home.

You can realistically visit four or five wineries in a day, so you may want to plan your day around a specific region or theme.

If you don’t want to do the driving, there are companies that specialize in wine tours and packages. You’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide, which can add a great deal to the overall experience. Check out Crush on Niagara Wine Tours, Grape Escape Wine Tours, Grape & Wine Niagara Tours and Niagara Vintage Wine Tours.

The large wineries in Niagara have made a huge impact, historically speaking, by bringing Niagara’s cool-climate wines to the world stage and cleaning up with critical acclaim and top awards in international competitions. One of Niagara’s pioneers, Inniskillin Winery, broke new ground when its Icewine won a huge international award in 1991 and the world suddenly developed a keen interest in Niagara wines.

Some iconic wineries you won’t want to miss include:
Cave Spring Cellars, Vineland Estates Winery and Henry of Pelham Family Estate in Twenty Valley and St. Catharines; Chateau des Charmes, Trius Winery, Inniskillin and Peller Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Small, independent/artisanal wineries offer visitors insight into their boutique approach to winemaking. They may be small, but they produce award-winning wines. A few to start your exploration: Twenty Valley's Foreign Affair (amarone style wines), Daniel Lenko, Hidden Bench and Tawse; Coyote's Run and Ravine Vineyard.

Contemporary architecture may compel you to visit certain wineries. Take a look at: Jackson-Triggs-Winery, Stratus and Southbrook in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fielding Estates and Malivoire in the Twenty Valley area.

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There’s nothing quite as relaxing as being guided through Niagara’s coveted wine country. There are over 85 unique wineries to discover and all the delicious, local farm-to-table offerings along the way. Your biggest challenge? Which route to travel first. And if you prefer to take your car, you can always choose the worry-free option of a local professional designated driver service at the end of your day.
Community Transport Group
Crush on Niagara Wine Tours
Grape and Wine Niagara Tours
Grape Escape Wine Tours
Niagara Airbus
Niagara Vintage Wine Tours
Niagara Wine Tour Guides
Southampton Limousine
Winery Tours of Niagara
YOUR Designated Driver
Niagara's Designated Drivers
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Your next vintage adventure

Niagara is filled with a diverse range of talented winemakers – from those trained in the oldest institutions in the world to some who learned the trade in their own backyard. They all share one thing in common: a love for Ontario wine. And they want nothing more than to share it with you. Plan a visit to the award-winning wineries, chateaus and stunning architecture of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the sophisticated birthplace of Ontario’s modern wine industry. Keep driving towards the refreshing and rustic charm of the Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Valley. These locales feature a thriving culinary scene, plus rural roads dotted with wineries. Both regions are governed by the VQA (Vintner’s Quality Alliance) which ensures everything you taste (or take home) is grown with 100% Ontario-grown grapes.

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CELEBRATION TAKES CENTRE STAGE

There are four distinct seasons in Niagara, and charming wine festivals to help usher in every one. Which will you join us for?
Get Fresh in the Valley (April 2016)
Peller Estates Food Truck Eats (May 2016)
Graze the Bench (June 4-5, 2016)
Niagara New Vintage Festival (June 11-19, 2016)
International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C) (July 22-24, 2016)
Niagara Wine Festival (September 10-25, 2016)
Wrapped Up in the Valley (November 2016)
Taste the Season (November 2016)
Twenty Valley Winter WineFest (January 13-15, 2017)
Niagara Icewine Festival (January 13-19, 2017)
Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival (January 6-29, 2017)
Niagara Falls Icewine Festival (January 27-29, 2017)
Niagara Food and Wine Expo (April 2017)


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