Over the course of the last few months, I have taken several trips to our local Niagara Falls as a mini getaway from the hectic comings and goings of everyday life. Just a little over an hour away from Toronto is the lush town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. You will know you are here the moment that you find yourself surrounded by wineries. On your visits, you can choose to plan your own tasting and wine tours or sign up for one of the many full day food and wine tours available. I have tried both and I highly recommend trying our the full day tours. Why? They prepare a shuttle that will pick you up at your hotel and take you to their select wineries to have private tours, tasting flights, & food pairings for each visit. If you already know what you like, you can opt to plan the visits yourself.
Having tried several wineries, here are some of my faves:
Stratus Vineyards | A Modern Masterpiece
Featured above is the gorgeous patio and red ice wine from Stratus Vineyard. Upon arrival, I was in awe by the design of the building; modern and elegant in its simplicity. Once you enter through their main doors, you will see that this simplicity is carried on throughout the building – however that is not to say that it is lacking in design. Attention to detail and exquisite taste in decor is ever present. Designed by Diego Burdi, everything in the vicinity is carefully handpicked and situated so that you can appreciate the boutique, the vineyard, and, of course, the wine. My wine of choice from their impeccable selection is their red ice wine. Each palette offers a different review but for myself, the dessert wine had a taste that reminded me of a homemade pie – warm, spiced, and comforting.
Peller Estates | Ice Wine on Ice
The Peller Estates Winery is beautiful and is exactly what you may expect an estate to be like. However, what you may not have anticipated is the 10Below Icewine Lounge where you can try some of Peller’s delicious ice wine on ice. No, it is not the wine on ice but rather you yourself! New images will be updated later on but for now, check out their official website to see a new way to chill this summer!
Two Sisters Vineyard | Kitchen76
Now what kind of foodie blogger would I be if I didn’t recommend you to this amazing restaurant? Two Sisters Vineyard is a gorgeous rustic Tuscan-villa styled winery that makes you feel as if you have suddenly been transported to a European countryside. The decor is grand yet very welcoming and the aroma wafting in from their award winning restaurant, Kitchen 76, is what caught my attention. As featured, I tried their charcuterie board to start (for what would go better with wine than some choice cured meats?). The arrangement was as pleasing to the eye as the rest of the winery. The winning dish for me was definitely their homemade ravioli. Cooked to perfection and seasoned just right, this dish was more than what I had expected to get.
More to update but with the long weekend coming up, I wanted to get a bit out for those who are considering to visit our gorgeous Ontario wineries with their loved ones.
Check back soon for more pictures, recommendations and tour info.