What places come to mind when thinking about driving through winding country roads lined with vineyards? You don't have to visit Napa Valley or Italy to get the full experience of tasting award-winning wines and pairing them with gourmet cuisine. Ontario has become one of the world's most renowned and award-winning wine producing areas, where you can wander from vineyard to vineyard, swirling and sipping lovingly crafted vintages and enjoy mouth-watering local fare. Enjoy the warm welcome you'll receive from those who want to share their passion for great flavour with you, and take their recommendations on a bottle or two to take home.
Whether you're looking for a fulfilling long weekend destination, or would like to kick back and relax even longer, Toronto Escapes suggests considering the Ontario wine regions for your next holiday.
Ontario wineries are unique in that many types of wine grapes are grown locally, where there is a cooler natural climate than in other wine regions. This lends a diverse complexity to the local wines, which are growing in popularity, including a variety of delectable ice wines. As well the changing seasons deliver equally diverse local produce. Plan your visit to coincide with an Ontario wine or food festival, several of which are held throughout the year. Enjoy the comfortable temperatures, relaxing atmosphere, and tantalizing tastes that are ripe for the picking within the Ontario wine regions. With four major Ontario wine regions to choose from, you're sure to be able to taste a wide variety of wines from several different vineyards.
Perfect for a romantic couples getaway, a ladies weekend, business retreats, or just about any other occasion, feel the passion the vintners have for their craft as they allow you to sample their wares. Each of the Ontario wine regions has a distinctive mix of local attractions, or you can plan your holiday around a renowned Ontario wine festival.
Lake Erie North Shore & Pelee Island: Located along Canada's most southern point, visitors can discover an amazingly beautiful variety of birds and monarch butterflies as they relax in this picturesque area. Boasting a lovely Ontario wine festival, the Shores of Lake Erie International Wine Festival, travellers lounge by Lake Erie, enjoying a cool breeze while sipping full-bodied vintages.
Niagara-On-The-Lake: Known for its quaint, small-town feel and classic bed and breakfast establishments, Niagara-On-The-Lake is a vacationer's dream. After finishing a tour of one of the many talented Ontario wineries found in this area, browse for a special antique, or spend the rest of the day at a luxurious spa. Celebrate the best vintages at one of their spectacular wine festivals
Niagara Escarpment / Twenty Valley: Responsible for the formation of Niagara Falls, this area boasts a high concentration of Ontario wineries for your discovery. The limestone-rich soil provides a unique, mineralized taste to many of the wines in this area, and visitors can take in the beauty of the scenic ridge, carved out by glaciers hundreds of years ago.
Prince Edward County: If gourmet cuisine is up your alley, be sure to plan a day or two in Prince Edward County. With a strong tribute to local ingredients and tempting tastes, wine lovers and foodies alike will be drawn to this up-and-coming area. Tempt your palate with foods and wines that are lovingly made just for you, all presented with an honest friendliness that is hard to find anywhere else. Don’t miss the Taste Trail, a tour route featuring wine and culinary highlights.
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Delight your senses with extraordinary tasting menus, delicious wine pairings and enticing culinary adventures – it’s time to come and savour Ontario!