Ontario and British Columbia are the two principal wine-growing provinces in Canada. The quality and authenticity of Canadian wines is monitored by VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance).
VQA Ontario is an independent authority that monitors the province’s “appellation of origin” system.
The Niagara Escarpment in Ontario province creates a unique climate that makes it perfect for vine growing. You will find more than 80 wineries in the Niagara region alone.
The Niagara region in Ontario is where most of the province’s vineyards are located. You can see vineyards just outside Niagara Falls, Ontario. Niagara-on-the-Lake, located 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, has many vineyards and wineries.
Wine lovers visiting Niagara Falls for just a day can take a quick tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake and visit one or two wineries.
Some of the wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake offer tours and wine sampling. While some wineries offer complimentary tours, others charge per person for a winery tour. Tours at some Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries require advance booking.
The winery tours are guided and led by a wine consultant. You will be given a tour of the vineyard (weather permitting). Your guide will tell you how grapes are harvested and wine is made. You will also get a tour of their winery and wine cellar. The tour finishes off with wine tasting.
The Niagara region is famous for icewine – a form of sweet wine that is produced from grapes that have been left to freeze on the vine. You can also sample some Canadian icewine for a small fee at most Niagara wineries.
Tour Niagara Wineries – Niagara-on-the-Lake Winery Tours
If you are going to stay in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for more than a day, you can go on a day long wineries tour. Niagara winery tours are perfect for couples looking for something romantic to do on their Niagara Falls vacation.
Some of the wineries have restaurants too! You can have lunch at a winery restaurant. Experience fine dining and great wine!
You can either tour the wineries by yourself or book a winery tour with a tour operator.
With an organized winery tour, you can leave the driving to someone else and enjoy the experience of being driven to various wineries, tasting wine at each stop.
There are events organized at wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake throughout the year – food festivals, food & wine pairing events, etc.
Wine and dine private tours are also offered by many tour operators, including us.
Niagara Wine Festival holds many events throughout the year to promote Niagara wines and icewines. You can buy tickets and passes for these events.
Niagara wine festivals are a great chance to taste Niagara cuisine, Niagara wines, enjoy food and wine pairing at Niagara wineries, and admire and explore the picturesque Niagara countryside.
You can spend an afternoon in Niagara-on-the-Lake with a wine, cheese and chocolate tour. Take a grand tour of one winery, taste wine at 4-5 wineries and tour a chocolate factory.
Learn more about wines and icewines with a tour of Niagara wineries with us!! Taste the scrumptous wines and buy wines that you like for yourself or as great gifts!