Each year Niagara wineries celebrate the harvest season with the Niagara Wine Festival. One of the highlights of the festival is the Discovery Pass, an experience that lets you explore eight Niagara wineries, complete with wine tastings and harvest food delicacies. Want to visit some of Ontario’s most spectacularly situated wineries? Here’s five suggestions for wineries to explore that make the most of the fall scenery in the Niagara Region’s Twenty Valley.
From the cozy shop, the rustic wine packaging, and of course the award winning wines, you’ll feel right at home at Creekside. Plan a little extra time at this winery – The Deck restaurant, overlooking the lush vineyard, is open until October 13th, 2013 for a culinary adventure.
Not only can you sample their collection of delicious wines, but Stoney Ridge also boasts 20+ varieties of cheese throughout the year – perfect for those who love the wine and cheese parings. Stoney Ridge gardens are also worth a wander. Can’t you picture yourself enjoying a glass of wine here?
Tawse is a family-owned estate winery where traditional wine making techniques come together with new technology. As a Discovery Pass holder you’ll get to sample wines in the beautiful Tawse tasting room. If you happen to visit on a clear day take a moment to look east over the vineyard – you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the Toronto skyline in the distance.
Everything about this winery makes an impression, from the driveway that meanders up the escarpment with spectacular views along the way, to the dramatic entrance to the winery. As part of the Discovery Pass you’ll get to sample some of Megalomaniac’s award winning wines, as well as some delicious snacks fresh from the grill.
Idyllic doesn’t begin to cover this picture perfect vineyard, complete with landscaped gardens, the open air restaurant the Good Earth Bistro, and quaint buildings to explore, like the Pantry Shed and cooking school. Use your Discovery Pass to enjoy a delicious outdoor tasting, paired with some of the “good food” Good Earth is known for.
Part of the fun of a fall drive is the surprises you’ll find along the way, including the fresh fruit stands throughout the region.
What you need to know: Purchase your Discovery Pass or Driver’s Discovery pass here. Find out the full list of Discovery Pass experiences here. Plus, the Niagara Wine Festival celebration in St. Catharines’s Montebello Park is a must attend event. Plan your visit here.
We want to know – What is your pick for the most scenic winery in Ontario?