Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake says ‘gone are the days when being a
wine enthusiast meant you were a wine snob’. These days, winery
experiences are fun and engaging and are designed to embrace the
interests of all wine buffs, but for the romantics, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a lovers’
paradise. Couples can unwind on a winery tour, or on a vineyard walk at
say, Creek Estate, or at Château des Charmes, or sip wine while gazing
out at the sunset over the lake of the Konzelmann Estate. Enjoy the
seasonal tastes of the Niagara region in a winery restaurant at Peller
Estates, or in the Ravine Vineyard on a day trip. It is possible to Book a romantic
getaway at charming and intimate accommodations, and enjoy carriage
rides plus relaxing spas, all complimented with the sensuality of wine.
For those looking to have a girls’ getaway? Best girl
friends, premium wine, gourmet food, decadent desserts, boutique
shopping and local music talent will mean a whole lot of fun and
laughter in Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country. Try a one-of-a-kind
musical experience at Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate amphitheatre, or an
afternoon at the Trius Jazz Festival. Maybe book a ‘wine and chocolate
tasting’ and be sure to add Lailey Vineyard to your itinerary for a
touch of /girl power/ – home to the only female founding member of the
Vintner’s Quality Alliance (VQA).
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a hotbed of trendy new wines. It is well worth seeking out the
latest and greatest small batch creations that are most often only
available at the winery and sell out in a snap. You can sometimes meet the
winemakers at small family wineries like Between the Lines, Pond View
Estate, and Riverview. If eco-focused practices are more your style, be
sure to stop by Hinterbrook, Southbrook Vineyards and Stratus; or if
trendy food trucks are your thing Coyote’s Run Estate Winery has four
food truck events planned for this summer.
For the traditional wine enthusiast, there are wineries that are rich
with history, helping to transform the Canadian wine industry into what
it is today. Visit the forefathers for intimate tastings and educational
tours. Must-stop destinations include Château des Charmes, Inniskillin,
Reif Estate, and Marynissen Estate.
Since half the fun of being a wine lover is sharing the experience with
others, you can find inspiration or post suggestions at
facebook.com/wineriesofniagaraonthelake, or tweet at @NiagaraWine.