Experience close Niagara wineries
Niagara's wine country is less than an hour drive from Burlington's Appleby Line.
If you love wine but you're not sold on the idea of visiting Ontario's wine country, it might be that you just haven't found the right winery yet.
The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake says it has something for everyone and they add that '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.
They also add that for the romantics out there looking for 'date night' ideas, 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. Book a romantic getaway at charming and intimate accommodations, and enjoy carriage rides plus relaxing spas, all complimented with the sensuality of wine.
Or maybe you're looking to have a girls' getaway? Your 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).
If you're looking to be on trend, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a hotbed of winery stars and 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. Not only is it a chance to taste rare wines, but also to engage the people behind the scenes and witness dreams turning into reality.
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.