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Ontario Wine Country

Whether you’re from Ontario, or a visitor to Ontario, plan on spending several days in wine country — there’s just so much to see and do.

ANYTIME. ANY SEASON. ANY REASON.
Wineries are open year round and each season brings its own special rewards.

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  • Hours of operation
    With some exceptions, wineries usually open at 10 or 11 am and close from 5 pm through early evening. Hours can change seasonally so it’s best to call ahead or visit the winery website.
  • Guided tours
    Tours are led by well-informed winery staff, who will lead you through the
    winemaking process from the vineyard to the bottling stage. Guided tours are complimentary at some wineries, others charge a small fee. Most tours conclude with tastings at the winery boutique.
  • Tour hours
    Hours vary from winery to winery. Larger wineries usually offer guided
    public tours hourly or several times a day. Smaller wineries may offer one daily tour or by appointment only. Self-guided tours are available at a few wineries during operating hours. Again, check with each winery.

 

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December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30, 2017
Massage in the Barrel Cellar

Cattail Creek Estate Winery, 1156 Concession 6, Niagara on the Lake
www.cattailcreek.ca
905-246-9463

Relax in the serenity of Cattail Creek’s barrel cellar and enjoy a 60 minute relaxing or therapeutic massage (your choice) surrounded by the ambiance of the ageing barrels. Three different packages are available and each package includes a gift certificate for a tasting of 4 wines as well as 10% off wine purchases.


December – March 2018
Skating at Wayne Gretzky Estates Add to Getaway
Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery
1219 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Take a spin on our new backyard rink! Bring your skates to enjoy a favourite Canadian activity, and relax on The Whisky Bar patio (with heaters) as we serve up wine, cocktails and our winter menu (non-alcoholic beverages, too). Skate rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Skating Rink Hours:
Open daily from 12 noon to 6pm (weather dependent)

$5 per person for Skating and $10 per person for Skate Rentals, plus taxes.

January 5 – 6, 12 – 14, 19 – 21, 26 – 28 – 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Winter Wonderland Food Tour
Old Towne Niagara on the Lake

Winter in Niagara on the Lake can be magical. Bundle up and emjoy a perfect blend of history, culture and of course culinary delights! The professional and highly entertaining guide will lead you on a visit to a few hidden gems in the heart of Old Towne Niagara on the Lake. You may have a bit of Irish stew, sip on a little hot cocoa, visit a beautiful Inn near Lake Ontario and have an entirely enjoyable and tasty afternoon.

This tour is approximately 2.5 hours long and we meet at the Irish Harp Pub and end a block away on Queen Street. Our tour is a 2 km stroll at a leisurely pace. Eat, Walk and embrace your inner foodie!

Dates: Friday, Saturday and Sundays
Time: 1:00 pm.
Price: $50 per person
For tickets and more information:
http://www.niagaraculinarytours.com/tour/details/winter-wonderland-food-tour


logo-icewineJanuary 12-28, 2018
Niagara Icewine Festival
Niagara-On-The-Lake

Engage all of your senses at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival. It’s a celebration of all things Icewine. With the range of community events as well as winery and restaurant events taking place over the entire month. Outside enjoy Icewine poured by the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and accompanied with culinary samples from the Signature Kitchens of Niagara-on-the-Lake.


January 19, 2018 – 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Sparkle and Ice Gala
Grand Hall in the Courthouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake

An evening of Sparkle & Ice is a celebration with Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewinemakers and their VQA wines, reds, whites, and sparklings are paired with Icewine inspired tastings from the Signature Kitchen Chefs in the beautiful setting of the Grand Hall in the Courthouse. Live entertainment will keep you moving untill we head outside for an Icewine toast and fireworks under the winter sky.

Tickets $95 plus HST
A limited number of tickets are available for this premier event.

February 2-4 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Progressive Dinner – A Taste of Niagara
Various restaurant

Set your taste buds free at a unique Niagara-on-the-Lake food and wine event. Events taking place weekends of February 4, March 25 and April 8. This is an opportunity that showcases the area’s top culinary talents paired with some of the best wines and hospitality the region has to offer.


logo-winechocolateFebruary 2 – 4, 9 – 11, 16 – 18, 23 – 25 – 11am to 5pm
Days of Wine & Chocolate 
Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries (Click here to download list)

Explore the decadently sweet and savoury art of wine and chocolate pairing at the 2018 Days of Wine and Chocolate. Visit our wineries to taste up to 23 VQA wines matched with chocolate-infused dishes – from classically sweet flavour combinations to unexpected surprises. A romantic celebration for two or a great reason for a girls’ getaway weekend!

If you are travelling with a group of 10 or more guests, please have your group organizer call ahead to the wineries you plan to visit with your approximate arrival time so that we can plan to serve you better and make your experience an enjoyable one!

March 23-25 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Progressive Dinner – A Taste of Niagara
Various restaurant

Set your taste buds free at a unique Niagara-on-the-Lake food and wine event. Events taking place weekends of February 4, March 25 and April 8. This is an opportunity that showcases the area’s top culinary talents paired with some of the best wines and hospitality the region has to offer.


logo-cuveeMarch 23 – 25, 2018
Cuvée Weekend 2018
Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Cuvée Grand Tasting was a hot ticket based on its reputation as an influential salute to excellence in Ontario winemaking and a destination for foodies seeking a unique culinary experience. The Cuvée weekend wine experience kicks off Friday evening with the Grand Tasting at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.  Guests will have the opportunity to taste wines selected by the winemakers themselves as their favourite. What wine will each winemaker choose?  Their selections will be revealed at the tasting. The Après Cuvée Party will keep the celebration going with dancing and will feature sparkling wine, Icewine as well as local craft beer stations. 

April 6-8 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Progressive Dinner – A Taste of Niagara
Various restaurant

Set your taste buds free at a unique Niagara-on-the-Lake food and wine event. Events taking place weekends of February 4, March 25 and April 8. This is an opportunity that showcases the area’s top culinary talents paired with some of the best wines and hospitality the region has to offer.

May 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27 – 11am to 5pm
Sip & Sizzle
Various Wineries

What could be better than a spring weekend afternoon with a few friends, a barbeque, and fine wine? Well how about if we do the hosting? Join us for Sip & Sizzle as over 20 wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake each offer a unique grilled food and VQA wine pairing. It’s fun, relaxing, and a great way to discover the Wines of Niagara-on-the-Lake. And a great way to forget the winter we just endured.

  • Please note Sip & Sizzle has now replaced the wine & herb touring event.
  • Wine and food pairings for 2018 will be posted in April 2018.

June 15 – 24, 2018
Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival

Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries
www.niagarawinefestival.com/new-vintage-festival

The Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival is the perfect time to celebrate the start of summer. With fresh farm flavours, and everyone heading outdoors, there is no better place than Niagara to enjoy over 14,800 acres of lush vineyards! Award-winning winemakers are eager to showcase their best as Niagara opens its cellar doors to share this New Vintage experience with you. From wine route culinary pairings to vineyard celebrations, the Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival is celebrated in many ways and each includes VQA wine sure to please any palate.

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