Quench your thirst and fuel your love for Ontario wine at one of these Ontario wineries. Here are our top Fall picks!
Small Talk Winery & Shiny Apple Cider, Niagara-on-the-Lake
If you’re looking for a fresh, fun and whimsical wine tasting experience, Small Talk Winery is the place! This colourful Niagara-on-the-Lake winery (and cidery) offers tastings that are far from stuffy and if you would rather taste cider, you’re in luck, because Shiny Apple Cider is produced there too. Stay for a tasting, enjoy brunch and explore their 30 year old Chardonnay patch that welcomes you to the farm. Do not leave without Shiny Apple’s Bootleg Spiced Whisky Cider only available at the winery. You’ll want to take home a few 1L growlers of this refreshing, gluten free cider that offers hints of apple pie and vanilla ice cream. What a perfect autumn beverage!
Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, Amherst
Travel west along the sandy Lake Erie shores to Amherstburg’s premier 52 acre lakefront winery surrounded by gorgeous ponds, vineyards and gardens. Their Tuscan style “old world” building includes 2nd floor balconies for taking in the stunning view. Try their creamy and crisp, refreshing Ontario sparkling riesling that offers the refreshing essence of green apple with the smell of ginger and fresh fruit. Tip: You can purchase picnic basket lunches from May – October. How lovely!
Henry of Pelham, Short Hills Bench, St. Catharines
Established with their first vintage in 1988, Henry of Pelham is dedicated to producing premium Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir wines from 100% Ontario grown grapes. The winery offers plenty of autumn events like The Pinot Affair happening October 13-15, which celebrates Niagara’s most sultry and sexy wine – Pinot Noir. If you haven’t tried their Baco Noir Old Vines VQA, you must! With aromas of cherry, mulberry, and cracked black pepper this medium bodied red is dry on the palate and is layered with berry fruit, plum, black pepper and cedar smoke.
Burning Kiln Winery, St. Williams, Norfolk County
When tobacco goes out, wine comes in! Situated on a former tobacco farm in Norfolk County, this rolling Lake Erie winery overlooks the UNESCO-designated Long Point Bay World Biosphere Reserve. The wine comes from 26 acres of planted French, VQA Vinifera grapes. The winery repurposed the bulk tobacco kilns to perfect the ancient art of “appassimento” or drying of grapes to enhance flavours and create new taste sensations. With names like Stick Shaker, Cureman’s Chard and Strip Room their wines give a nod to the days of traditional tobacco harvesting. Try their Planter Pino Gris or 2010 Chenin Blanc.
Sandbanks Winery, Prince Edward County
If you haven’t visited PEC to taste this region’s newly recognized wines, what are you waiting for? This picturesque, family-run winery offers award winning wines and a story full of love. Their grapes grow on six acres in PEC and owner Catherine Langlois only hires local staff who will guide you through an informative tasting. Sandbanks is also home to resident artist Rita Thivierge’s contemporary art gallery and daily wine tours are offered. Sandbanks Sleeping Giant Foch-Baco Noir is a must try. This full-bodied rustic red is full of coffee and raspberry flavours with spice notes and layers of toasty oak. Try it side-by-side with Henry of Pelham’s Baco for an Ontario wine tasting experience.