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How to use
this guide
Ontario’s wine-country regions span Once you see what these areas have
hundreds of kilometres, making it easy to offer, you can then check the colour-
to find a getaway that’s as close—or as coded winery listings for each. The
far away—as you want it to be. pullout Wine Route Map will make
To help you plan your trip, we’ve your navigation easy.
divided our winery listings into five Because no trip to wine country is
popular destination areas: Lake Erie complete without experiencing our
North Shore and Pelee Island, Niagara great local cuisine and hospitality,
Escarpment and area, Niagara-on- be sure to check out the “Where to
the-Lake, Toronto and York Region, and stay, dine & play” listings starting
Prince Edward County and area. on page 67.

Legend Experience wine country 5

Accommodations Five great destinations 11

to explore
Patio fare
1 Lake Erie North Shore 17
Restaurant & Pelee Island

Wheelchair access
2 Niagara Escarpment & area 21
3 Niagara-on-the-Lake 41
Sustainable Winemaking Ontario
4 Toronto & York Region 57
5 Prince Edward County & area 61
Where to stay, dine & play 67

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wine country


The scent of summer wildflowers, autumn

leaves or crisp winter air is carried to you on
gentle breezes. Rows of grapevines, sprouting
buds, heavy with fruit or in hibernation, create
a tranquil countryside view—and hint at the
marvellous wines that await you, crafted with
care and passion by our renowned winemakers. 5

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Marvellous wines await
you, crafted with care
and passion by our
renowned winemakers.

A FOODIE’S HEAVEN We promise you, once you discover the VQA: CERTIFIED WINES OF ORIGIN, nurtured their grapes in the unique soils
And the wine is just the beginning. secrets of wine country, you’ll be back 100% ONTARIO-GROWN GRAPES and special microclimates across the
A steady stream of the country’s top for more. Wine-producing countries around region and found the best combinations
chefs continue to set up shop in our the world define the best wine-growing of grape variety, location and wine style.
wine regions, drawn by the opportunity NO CAR? NO PROBLEM. regions and set standards for their wines The result? Today, like never before,
to pair our wines with creative menu A favourite way to experience wine of origin. VQA is Ontario’s “appellation Ontario winemakers can showcase the
items showcasing our finest, freshest country is by bicycle, allowing you to of origin” system. distinct qualities of individual vineyards
local produce. tour and explore along scenic roads in Ontario has four primary grape- and create wines that reflect the essence
Culinary artisans, from bakers to the fresh air. Bike rentals are available growing regions, or “appellations,” of the place where they are grown.
cheese makers to charcuterie experts, in every region. If you want to bring where the soil and climate create unique VQA also imposes strict quality
join in to create a foodie’s heaven. your own gear, the Bike Train initiative conditions (it’s the same principle that standards for all Ontario wines of origin.
makes it easier than ever to get to wine makes Vidalia onions, Georgia peaches When you see VQA and an appellation
STROLL, SHOP, RELAX country. Through this initiative, select and Malpeque oysters so special). Our name on a bottle of wine, it means that—
Make it a day trip or a longer adventure: passenger rail trains from the Greater wine appellations are Lake Erie North from vineyard to glass—the wine has
Enjoy a luxurious spa treatment with Toronto Area have installed on-board Shore, Pelee Island, the Niagara passed through a quality-assurance and
friends, spend an evening at the theatre, bike racks, creating easy cycling access Peninsula, and Prince Edward County. label-integrity program, and is made
and relax in a charming B&B or inn. to destinations across Ontario— Sub-appellations—smaller regions from 100% Ontario-grown grapes.
Stroll through historic streets, browsing including our wine regions. For details, within the Niagara Peninsula—have also
in boutiques and antique shops. visit been identified, as grape growers have

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Here in Ontario, our grape
growers and winemakers are
committed to crafting wines that
express our particular “terroir.”

SUSTAINABILITY: A SHARED Wines of Ontario has developed best- BRING WINE COUNTRY HOME Niagara Peninsula and Oakville—hosts
COMMITMENT practice guidelines, in a program called Many of our wineries offer online events and tastings for its members and
Around the world, fine wines are judged Sustainable Winemaking Ontario, that ordering, so if your favourite Ontario the general public.
on how they express the character cover aspects from viticulture and wine isn’t available at the LCBO, you
of their soil, a term known as “terroir.” waste water management on the farm can order it and have it delivered to A GETAWAY FOR ALL SEASONS
Large-scale use of synthetic chemicals, to efficient energy usage in all winery your home. Ontario’s wine country is spectacular
such as fertilizers, will prevent the operations. This “from soil to shelf” In addition, in the warmth of summer and in
grapes from offering their truest program will help sustain Ontario’s sells over 475 VQA Ontario wines the abundance of the autumn harvest
expression. Pesticides and herbicides success on the world stage. Wineries online, with delivery to anywhere in seasons. But did you know that most
can further disrupt the composition participating in this program are Ontario. In Canada’s largest VQA of our wineries are open for tours and
of the soil. indicated in the winery listings with marketplace, choose your own wines tastings year-round? Try a winter visit
Here in Ontario, our grape growers a green leaf icon: . or subscribe to their wine-of-the- and see the harvest of frozen grapes
and winemakers are committed Visit month delivery. All wines are reviewed for Icewine, Canada’s liquid gold; a
to crafting wines that express our eco-winegrowing for more information. and rated by professional wine tasters, Valentine’s weekend with fine dining
particular terroir. A growing number offering expert guidance. and a couple’s spa treatment; or a
are exploring innovative methods, such Want to try Ontario wines, but can’t spring-break road trip with friends.
as gravity-fed operations, biodynamic make it to wine country? The Ontario Visitors from the US can easily
farming and organic certification. Wine Society (www.ontariowine bring wine home. Check online at—with chapters in Toronto, for limits and details.

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Five great
to explore Once you see what each area has to
offer, you can then check the colour-
coded listings of the wineries in each
area. The pullout Wine Route Map
will make your navigation easy.
Because no trip to wine country is
complete without experiencing our
great local cuisine and hospitality, be
sure to check out the “Where to stay,
dine and play” listings starting on
page 67.

Legend wineries are as easy to find
Experience as they
wine country 5

are to love. When you’re in

A Accommodations wine country, the
Five great destinations
to explore

P Patio
white and blueLake
Wine Route
Erie North Shore road 17
& Pelee Island
signs are a friendly reminder that great wines
FD Fine dining

W Wheelchair access Niagara Escarpment & area 21

are nearby. Each winery has
S Sustainable wine making
its own sign,
Niagara-on-the-Lake 41

marking its turnoff from the

PF Private functions route.
Toronto & York Region 57
Prince Edward County & area 61
Where to stay, dine & play 67

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When planning a trip to Ontario’s
wine-country destinations, your
only difficulty will be deciding which
one to visit first.

LAKE ERIE NORTH SHORE monarch butterflies, the combined fossil-rich limestone soils and NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE
& PELEE ISLAND island and mainland charms of this microclimate that create the classic A world-renowned wine-country—and
Stretching along the warm, shallow destination include majestic Carolinian mineral profile of the region’s wines. wine-culture—destination, this area is
waters of Lake Erie, this area boasts forests and glorious stretches of sand The Escarpment—a UNESCO World well known for its annual celebrations
a long growing season, with summer dunes and beach. Observe a wonderful Biosphere Reserve and the backbone of wine and food. Start your journey at
heat and moderating lake breezes array of Great Lakes wildlife in well- of the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest a delightful inn or B&B, followed by
providing excellent ripening conditions conserved wetlands and protected and longest footpath—supports a vital a wine tour or two, a play at the Shaw
for producing full-bodied wines. marshes. When you plan a visit to Lake ecosystem, with hundreds of species of Festival, antique shopping, a local spa
On the mainland, local attractions Erie North Shore and Pelee Island, be animals and plants, including 37 types treatment and a gourmet meal. For year-
include gardens, bike trails, produce prepared to toast your good fortune. of wild orchids. Whether you’re looking round activities and entertainment,
stands, B&Bs and festivals, including to catch a glimpse of nature’s treasures Niagara-on-the-Lake is the place where
the Shores of Erie International Wine NIAGARA ESCARPMENT & AREA or pick up a one-of-a-kind antique sophisticated entertainment and rural
Festival. Just 25 kilometres from the First-time visitors are often astonished in one of the area’s many charming pleasures live side by side. Journey back
shore and accessible by car ferry, Pelee by the breathtaking natural beauty shops, the Niagara Escarpment and in time with a carriage ride through the
Island is Canada’s most southerly of the Niagara Escarpment, a massive surrounding area offers plenty to see charming streets of Old Town, or have
point, with the longest wine-growing ridge carved out by ancient glaciers. and do. a blast with a jet-boat ride up the
season in the country. Famous for its This magnificent feature is responsible Niagara River: Niagara-on-the-Lake
magnificent migrations of birds and for Niagara Falls—and for the distinctive, has something for everyone.

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In every destination,
Ontario’s wine country is
home to some of Canada’s
best hidden treasures.


Lake Erie North Shore
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& Pelee Island
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Lake Erie
North Shore &
Pelee Island
Visit the warm,
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WINERY 36G Founded in 1979, Pelee Island Winery, on the
In 2002, Tony and Eadie Mastronardi purchased a mainland, is among Canada’s oldest. And, with
large 40-hectare block of mature vineyard and 550 acres of vineyard on Pelee Island itself, it is also
entered the wine business. They hired winemaker the largest—and the most southerly—estate winery
Lyse LeBlanc, whose experience with her own in eastern Canada. Winemaker Martin Janz oversees
small winery made her familiar with the region’s a very large portfolio of fruit-forward whites, reds
winemaking. Mastronardi offers over 15 different and good-value Vinedresser Reserves, made at the
varietals, with some emphasis on Bordeaux red mainland winery in Kingsville. Pinot Noir has been
varieties, a regional specialty. Vidal Icewine and one of the most awarded reds recently; Pinot Grigio,
Merlot have struck gold. The winery offers in-depth the red Monarch blend and a unique Cabernet–Petit
vineyard and production tours, holds two-hour Verdot also took Golds at the 2009 Ontario Wine
wine-tasting seminars for groups of 10 or more, and Awards. Look for their new Lighthouse line,
frequently hosts weddings and other group functions. launched this year.

Winemaker Hours Winemaker Hours

Lyse LeBlanc Daily 11 am–5 pm Martin Janz Monday–Saturday
Winemaker’s choice Tour hours Winemaker’s choice 9 am–6 pm
2007 Merlot Viticulture tours by Cabernet Franc Sunday
Location appointment from Best LCBO brand 11 am–5 pm
1193 Concession 3 East May to September Eco Trail White Tour hours
Kingsville N9Y 2E5 Location 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm
519.733.9463 455 Seacliff Drive
1.800.320.5040 Kingsville N9Y 2K5 519.733.6551 1.800.597.3533

The Pelee Island Winery Pavilion is a hub of activity ESTATE WINERY 35G
on the island. It takes a full day, or a weekend, to The 2006 opening of this grand Tuscan-style winery
properly explore the unique 10,000-acre natural and hospitality centre was a long-held dream come
treasure that is Pelee Island, so consult the website’s true for Gord and Hannah Mitchell, who purchased

Ontario Wine ferry schedules to plan ahead. Pelee Island has

thousands of unique plants, wildlife and Carolinian
the lakefront property in 1975 and planted the first
vines in 1991. Today, visitors look out over 15 hectares
habitat, making it a paradise for birdwatchers, growing many popular varietals, from Pinot Gris
Superstars hikers and cyclists. The ruins of Vin Villa, Canada’s
first winery, are yet another attraction. A popular
to Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon. Many wines
from the 2007 vintage have taken medals in recent
at the LCBO spot for weddings and group functions, the Pavilion
features a large wine store, restaurant and gift shop.
competitions. At the winery, which accommodates
large groups and hosts special events, enjoy tastings
and lunch on the patio, or purchase a picnic basket
Winemaker Hours to take to the lakeside or into the vineyard.
Martin Janz May–October
Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–4 pm Winemaker Hours
Chardonnay Extended summer and Tanya Mitchell Daily 11 am–5 pm
Best LCBO brand weekend hours Winemaker’s choice Tour hours
Cabernet Franc Tour hours Meritage Daily by appointment
Location May–October Location
20 East West Road Daily 12 pm, 2 pm 7258 County Road 50 West
Pelee Island N0R 1M0 Additional tours in summer Harrow N0R 1G0
519.724.2469 and on weekends 519.738.9253
1.800.597.3533 1.866.938.9253


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In 1998, four amateur enthusiasts founded 13th Bruno Moos and Elyane Grenier have toiled for
Street as a workshop for single-vineyard, small-batch almost a decade after transplanting their winemaking
winemaking. In 2009, new owners expanded the passion and expertise from Tuscany. Establishing
vineyards and the scope of the St. Catharines winery, their five-hectare site in 2001, they then faced three
moving it from 13th Street to Fourth Avenue, just difficult Ontario winters, releasing tiny quantities of
around the corner. An air of serenity pervades the Nebbiolo, Viognier and Cabernet-based reds in 2005.
tasting room, which also houses an art gallery and The choice of Nebbiolo, the Piedmontese grape that
sculpture garden; add to this a kitchen, event space, makes Barolo, was based on climatic similarity, and
and a barrel club for members’ use. A growing the early results are promising. Viognier (called Vio)
focus on sparkling wine nicely suits the winery’s is excellent, and you can decide whether you want
sophisticated ambience, but powerful old-vine Gamay, an oaked or unoaked style. Overall, it’s a rewarding,
Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir maintain 13th off-the-beaten path experience. The 2007s will be
Street’s tradition. French winemaker Jean-Pierre the breakout vintage.
Colas has joined the team for the 2009 season.
Winemakers Hours
Winemaker Hours Bruno Moos, May–September
Jean-Pierre Colas June–October Elyane Grenier Friday–Sunday
Monday–Saturday Winemakers’ choice 10 am–6 pm
Winemaker’s choice
Gamay 11 am–6 pm Cabernet Merlot October–April
November–May Best LCBO brand Saturday–Sunday
Monday–Saturday ARIA (Nebbiolo) 10 am–6 pm
1776 Fourth Avenue
St. Catharines L2R 6P9 11 am–5 pm Any other time by
905.984.8463 Tour hours 3048 Second Avenue appointment or by chance By appointment Vineland L0R 2E0 Tour hours
Between the Water and the W eries...
905.562.1212 By appointment


The distinctive, Mission-style winery, with its Along a serene back road near the Ball’s Falls
gabled tower, sits just below the forested Niagara Conservation Area, you will find the rustic wooden
Escarpment—overlooking rolling vineyards and barns housing Calamus Winery, where visitors are
Lake Ontario. Though opened in 2002, the winery’s routinely greeted by the owners. The name Calamus,
vineyard planting and Beamsville Bench acquisition Latin for “arrow,” was inspired by ancient arrowheads
Wine and Dine began in the mid-’90s; Australian winemaker Philip found in the area. Award-winning wines are produced
Getaways from Dowell currently sources fruit from six estate from estate-grown fruit, such as Pinot Gris, Riesling,
$219.99 per couple vineyards, including a small winery plot that delivers Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Cab
Located in the heart of wine the powerful old-vine Chardonnay. His awards span Sauvignon and Merlot, the latter combining in solid,
country with easy access to many styles, including new Cabernet–Shiraz, Pinot balanced blends. A second-floor event room, with
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Noir and Riesling. The Terrace remains an idyllic, outdoor decks, captures the scenic surroundings
Twenty Valley and Niagara Falls, popular lunch destination. and picnic areas. A first-class observatory sits on the
Let us wine and dine you at a winery, restaurant, bistro or café. Create St. Catharines is just minutes roof, welcoming astronomy buffs for scheduled
your own wine tour by cycling along Niagara’s wine route, stopping to from many world-renowned Winemaker Hours evening events.
picnic along the way. Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine and the fresh flavours wineries, boutiques and fine Philip Dowell June–October
of each season. Visit the Farmers’ Market, open year round and featuring dining establishments. Monday–Saturday
Best LCBO brand Winemaker Hours
Take a personalized winery 10 am–5:30 pm
local baked goods, farm-raised meat, crafts, flowers and more. Stop at a Süssreserve Riesling Arthur Harder January–April
tour and indulge! Friday–Sunday
roadside fruit stand to sample local produce or tour a farm and pick your Location Sunday Winemaker’s choice
For more information call 11 am–5:30 pm and holidays
own fresh fruit. 4260 Mountainview Road Pinot Gris
1-888-558-8820 or 11 am–5 pm
Beamsville L0R 1B2 November–May Best LCBO brand April–December
905.563.3942 Daily 11 am–5 pm Riesling
1.877.ANG.GATE Thursday–Sunday
Tour hours Location and holidays
By appointment 3100 Glen Road
get in >
Jordan L0R 1S0
11 am–5 pm
905.562.9303 Call for additional hours
1.888.225.9866 or appointments
Contact us for a FREE City Guide! Call 905-688-5601 ext. 1731 or email Tour hours By appointment

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“The house that Riesling built,” Cave Spring Cellars This charming, small, family-owned winery was
stands at the centre of the picturesque village of established in 2002. Using their own grapes, they
Jordan, though its vineyards are a few kilometres focus on limited productions, resulting in small
west on the Beamsville Bench. The Pennachetti batches of quality VQA wines. Fine fruit wines are
family express the terroir of these limestone-based among their specialties. Award winners include
soils in their premium, mature-vine CSV and Estate their 2007 Cabernet Franc–Merlot VQA, their 2008
wines. Eight Riesling styles by veteran winemaker Strawberry Festival Fruit Wine and their 2007
Angelo Pavan—from sparkling to brilliant Icewine— Fine Port. Also look for their 2009 new releases;
are elegant and exemplary, and Chardonnay also Chardonnay Musqué, Gewürztraminer, Riesling
excels. Taut Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc. Wines can be purchased at
embrace the cool-climate spirit of Niagara reds. Cornerstone, where you are likely to meet the
Enjoy the full range while dining—and staying at the friendly owners, who will guide you through an
winery’s Inn on the Twenty. enjoyable tasting of their fine products. Online
ordering available as well.
Winemaker Hours
Angelo Pavan June–mid-October Winemaker Hours
Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm Jerry Kopanski May–October
2006 Dolomite Brut Mid-October–May Winemaker’s choice Thursday–Sunday
Sunday–Thursday 2007 Cabernet Merlot 11 am–6 pm
Best LCBO brand
Riesling 10 am–5 pm November–April
Friday–Saturday 4390 Tufford Road Thursday–Sunday
Location 11 am–5 pm
3836 Main Street 10 am–6 pm Beamsville L0R 1B0
Jordan L0R 1S0 Tour hours 905.563.6758 Tour hours
905.562.3581 June–September By appointment Daily 3 pm September–May
3 pm
Private tours by


Creekside has delivered a relaxed, friendly Crown Bench, named for its elevated position at
atmosphere, and bold, bright wine, since its inception the crown of the Beamsville Bench, boasts some of
in 1997. The wine styling reveals an Australian Niagara’s oldest vines—some planted in the late
influence, with former Penfolds winemaker Craig 1960s. Here, Peter Kocsis and Livia Sipos make a
McDonald teamed up with co-winemaker Rob Power portfolio that spans whites, reds and dessert wines,
notching all kinds of national and local medals all made under a philosophy that insists on grape
for Broken Press and Reserve Shiraz. Red and white quality, low yields and aging the wines before
Laura’s Blends are very successful, as are recent release. The winery’s more innovative offerings
Cuvée winners Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and include a chocolate-infused dessert wine called
Viognier. The new Undercurrent series of one-off Ambrosia and, in some years, a botrytis-affected
single-barrel lots, available only at the winery, is Chardonnay called Livia’s Gold.
reason enough alone to visit. The outdoor grill deck
is another: It’s open on summer weekends and Winemaker Hours
features local, seasonal fare by chef Mark Hand. Peter Kocsis Monday–Friday
Winemaker’s choice 10 am–5 pm
Winemakers Hours Meritage Saturday
Craig McDonald, May–September Best LCBO brand 10 am–6 pm
Rob Power Daily 10 am–6 pm Livia’s Gold (Sauterne) Sunday
Winemakers’ choice October–April Location 11 am–6 pm
Sauvignon Blanc Daily 10 am–5 pm 3850 Aberdeen Road Tour hours
Location Tour hours Beamsville L0R 1B7 By appointment
2170 4th Avenue May–September 905.563.3959
Jordan Station L0R 1S0 Daily 2 pm 1.888.537.6192
905.562.0035 Private tours
1.877.262.9463 by appointment

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The winery’s classic European architecture and The natural setting is integral to EastDell’s ambience: Since opening Flat Rock in 2005, Ed Madronich has Former Ontario trade diplomat Len Crispino was
ambience speaks to the Portuguese winemaking The VIEW Restaurant captures a vineyard panorama injected fun and enthusiasm into both the wine and greatly inspired by Amarone, fermented from dried
tradition of the De Sousa family. Although the that includes Toronto’s distant skyline on the other the winery experience. Expect off-beat names like (appassimento) grapes. He and his wife Marisa
winery was acquired by Diamond Estates in 2008, side of Lake Ontario, while a hike through the winery’s Twisted, Rusty Shed Chardonnay and Gravity Pinot planted 40 acres in Vineland in 2001 and applied
third-generation family member John De Sousa five kilometres of trails—including portions of the Noir (all screw-capped). Theirs is not the typical this Old World technique to a New World setting.
continues to oversee a wide portfolio of whites and famous Bruce Trail and 40 hectares of vineyard— wine tour; why not try a two-hour workshop called Joined by Louis (their sibling), they applied 100%
reds, sold under the Dois Amigos label and at the provides a macro-look at the terroir. Under ownership “In the Winemaker’s Boots” instead? Flat Rock’s 80 appassimento to Cabernet Franc, reminiscent of the
Reserve level. De Sousa’s Cabernet Franc Icewine by Diamond Estates, EastDell recorded its best-ever scenic acres of sloping vineyard, atop the Escarpment iconic Quintarelli wines. The innovation was then
has won consecutive gold medals; in true Portuguese awards season in 2009, led by its signature 2007 Black in the Twenty Mile Bench appellation, focus on extended to all of their reds (Cabernet Sauvignon,
fashion, De Sousa also crafts one of Niagara’s few Cab blend. Also top scoring are the 2007 Chardonnay Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and a splash of Merlot, Pinot Noir) as well as all of their whites.
port-style wines. The estate sits atop the Escarpment, and 2006 Cabernet Franc Reserve. Gewürztraminer. The wines are marked by vibrancy The proprietors have passionately positioned this
surrounded by vineyards, gardens and shady groves— and exuberance; Nadja’s Riesling is consistently boutique winery to a uniquely Canadian interpretation
an ideal stop for a glass of wine and a snack. Winemakers Hours awarded among Canada’s best, and the 2007 of appassimento. The “foreign affair” continues in
Scott McGregor, Wine boutique Chardonnay Reserve topped out at Cuvée. the winery tasting room, where guests are transported
Winemakers Hours Tom Green, Jason Roller Mother’s Day–October 31 to the ceramic-tiled hearth of an Italian villa.
John De Sousa, Mother’s Day–October 31 Winemakers’ choice Daily 11 am–5 pm Winemaker Hours
Tom Green, Jason Roller, Daily 11 am–5 pm Merlot Reserve July–September Ross Wise April–December Winemaker Hours
Scott McGregor Daily 11 am–7 pm Monday–Saturday
Winter Best LCBO brand Winemaker’s choice Andrzej Lipinski May–October
Winemakers’ choice Saturday–Sunday Black Cab Winter The Rusty Shed 10 am–6 pm Thursday–Monday
Meritage Reserve 11 am–5 pm Friday–Sunday Chardonnay Sunday 11 am–5 pm
Location 4890 Victoria Avenue North
11 am–5 pm 11 am–6 pm
Best LCBO brand Tour hours 4041 Locust Lane Location Vineland Station L0R 2E0 Winter
Dois Amigos red By appointment Beamsville L0R 1B2 VIEW Restaurant 2727 7th Avenue January–March 905.562.9898 Visit website or call
905.563.9463 Year-round Sunday Brunch Jordan L0R 1S0 Monday–Friday 1.800.262.7661 for information
Location Open seasonally for lunch 905.562.8994 12 pm–5 pm Tour hours
3753 Quarry Road and dinner; call for hours By appointment
Beamsville L0R 1B2 Saturday
905.563.7269 Tour hours 10 am–6 pm Summer (starting Father’s Day)
Daily 2 pm Sunday
11 am–6 pm
Weekends 2 pm Tour hours
By request

& VINEYARD 15F Reflecting their Haliburton roots, the Fielding AND WINERY 10D Opening in 2010, GreenLane Estate Winery is nestled
David Johnson and Louise Engel have poured their family has built a winery with charming, northern Nicolette Novak has worked 12 years to create a between Lake Ontario and the Escarpment in the
hearts into this 20-hectare, eco-friendly estate tucked Ontario–lodge ambience—set high on the Beamsville haven for foodies and one of Niagara’s best culinary Lincoln Lakeshore appellation. With 10 hectares of
into the Escarpment in the Twenty Mile Bench Bench, against the wooded Escarpment. Since destinations: The Good Earth Cooking School. In the mature vines dating from 1990, GreenLane follows
appellation. Insecticide-free, the vineyard plants are opening in 2005, Fielding’s success has come quickly, summer of 2010, she adds The Good Earth Winery the philosophy of “the higher the fewer,” embracing
trimmed by grazing sheep; grape-thieving starlings capped by a top-10 berth in the 2009 Canadian to the lineup; first releases will be craft quantities the art of winemaking through intensive personal
are warded off by falcons that Engel has trained. Wine Awards (which judged over 100 wineries). of oaked Chardonnay, rosé, Cabernet Franc, Pinot methods. The winery is focused on the true passion
Pristine, racy Riesling best captures the terroir, both Winemaker Richie Roberts has produced head- Noir, and a dry and off-dry Riesling. The tasting room of winemaking, producing and hand-harvesting
in the Featherstone Black Sheep label and the 20-27 turning 2007 reds, including a CWA Gold Medal promises a lighthearted approach, with “nibble- fewer clusters of grapes. The resulting goal is to craft
brand by assistant winemaker Kevin Panagapka. Meritage and a Cuvée-winning Syrah. Vibrant, juicy, sized” food and wine pairings, and pouring by “Flight higher-quality wines—with exceptional flavour and
Sauvignon Blanc, rosé and Cabernet Franc—as well aromatic whites, like Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer Attendants.” “Moveable Feast” baskets are also texture profiles—from varietals that include Pinot
as Chardonnay aged in Canadian oak—round out the and Riesling, are delicious every vintage. Fielding available for picnics on the bucolic 23-hectare Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
portfolio. The veranda wrapping the classic country participates in many regional wine events, but property of orchards, vineyards, and vegetable and
farmhouse is one of the most tranquil spots in a trip to the winery, summer or winter, is the best herb gardens. Winemaker Hours
Niagara for a weekend lunch. way to experience its complete range of small- Dianne Smith Daily 10 am–6 pm
production wines. Winemaker Hours Winemaker’s choice Tour hours
Winemaker Hours Ross Wise May–October Riesling Icewine 2008 Visit website for times
David Johnson April–October Winemakers Hours Winemaker’s choice Daily 10:30 am–5:30 pm
Winemaker’s choice Thursday–Monday Richie Roberts, May–October Off-Dry Riesling November–April 4679 Cherry Avenue
Black Sheep Riesling 11 am–5:30 pm Kristin Banders Daily 10:30 am–6 pm Friday–Sunday Beamsville L0R 1B1
November–December Winemakers’ choice November–April 4556 Lincoln Avenue 11 am–5 pm 905.562.7207
3678 Victoria Avenue Friday–Sunday Riesling Daily 10:30 am–5:30 pm Beamsville L0R 1B3 Please note that, on
Vineland L0R 2C0 11 am–5:30 pm 905.563.6333 occasion, our winery
Location Tour hours
905.562.1949 Tour hours 4020 Locust Lane Summer 1.800.308.5124 and grounds may be By appointment Beamsville L0R 1B2 Daily 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, closed for private events.
905.563.0668 3:30 pm Tour hours
1.888.778.7758 Year-round private tours Culinary and wine-pairing by appointment tours by reservation; see website for details and
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It’s been said that wine gets it’s character from the soil, it’s personality from
the vintage, it’s quality from the influence of man. For more than two decades
we have tended our family’s estate vineyards and we are proud to produce 01 HARBOUR ESTATES WINERY 16E 02 HENRY OF PELHAM
Five generations of the Mowat family have farmed FAMILY ESTATE WINERY 20G
wines that are distinctly Short Hills Bench. – Paul, Matthew and Daniel Speck in Niagara; the last two are responsible for Harbour Founded in 1988 by the Speck family, Henry of
Estates, which has been growing grapes and making Pelham is a reliable name in Ontario wine. Brothers
wine since 1999. The vineyard is beautifully situated Paul, Matthew and Daniel Speck play up their
on the waterfront of Jordan Harbour’s east shore in “sibling rivalry” in popular white and red blends by
the Creek Shores appellation. Ken Mowat makes a the same name, but the portfolio runs much deeper.
wide range of agreeably priced wines, with notable Winemaker Ron Giesbrecht knows his Niagara reds,
success for Riesling; the white Chardonnay–Vidal having turned a hybrid grape called Baco Noir into
blend, Sunrise; and the red Cabernet–Merlot blend, a local icon, but the Riesling reserves (from maturing
Midnight. Summer events on the property include vines) and Chardonnays are also classics. Cuvée
live music acts—this year’s Rock n’ Ribs Fest, in Catharine bubbly is quintessential Niagara; likewise,
September, will feature classic Canadian rockers the Icewines are brilliant. A visit to the recently
April Wine—a 10th anniversary party and the Great expanded winery is a Niagara history lesson. Picnic
1469 Pelham Road Grape Stomp. with local fare at the Coach House and Cheese
St. Catharines, Ontario Shoppe, and view works by local artists in the loft.
1-877-735-4267 Winemaker Hours
Ken Mowat Summer Winemaker Hours
Winemaker’s choice Monday–Saturday Ron Giesbrecht May–October
Riesling 10 am–6 pm Daily 10 am–6 pm
Winemaker’s choice
Best LCBO brand Sunday and holidays Cuvée Catharine Brut Rosé November–April
26"-*5: t "65)&/5*$*5: t '" . * -: Sunrise 12 pm–5 pm Daily 10 am–5 pm
Best LCBO brand
Location Winter Baco Noir Tour hours
4362 Jordan Road Daily 12 pm–5 pm Summer
Jordan Station L0R 1S0 Tour hours 1469 Pelham Road Daily 1:30 pm
905.562.6279 Self-guided tour anytime St. Catharines L2R 6P7 Winter during daily operating hours; 905.684.8423 By request guided tours reserved at 1.877.PELHAM.7
guests’ convenience


Owner Harald Thiel’s uncompromising attention
In 1997, Michael Kacaba embarked into the wine
industry, preserving a piece of prime vineyard
ions and Design client contact Paul Speck publication Wine Council Guide 2008 to detail has landed Hidden Bench in the Canadian benchland from a developer’s bulldozer. Today, he
Chris Alderson docket # 4300 section — Wine Awards’ top 10 every year since the winery is turning out multiple-award-winners at this
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opened in 2007—with Nuit Blanche named Canadian environmentally sustainable winery. Winemaker
Chris Alderson project/file name Wine Council Guide 2008
White Wine of the Year. This small, yet modern and John Tummon oversees a broad range of whites and
March 5, 2008 project specs. – run date(s) 2008 sophisticated, estate winery is tucked away on Locust reds, with ripe, elegant, full-bodied, vintage-based
Lane in the Beamsville Bench appellation, essentially reds attracting a loyal following. The 2007 Syrah, from
hidden by vines (the nearby, estate-owned Rosomel one of the oldest plantings in Canada, took Cuvée
Vineyard site also provides top fruit). HB’s primary Gold and is the first Ontario red wine to be named Red
focus is to showcase the terroir of the Beamsville Wine of the Year at the Canadian Wine Awards. The
Bench through their award-winning Pinot Noir, intimate, neo-Victorian winery is set at the end of a
Chardonnay and Riesling offerings. Limited-edition curved driveway lined with Canadian sugar maple,
rarities like Tête de Cuvée Chardonnay, and elegant and a silver bridge crosses a ravine planted with Syrah,
Bordeaux blends La Brunante and Terroir Caché, can all offering a fine sense of the Niagara Escarpment
be purchased at the winery as well as at select Bench terroir, as well as a view of the Toronto skyline
restaurants. Fumé Blanc, Gewürztraminer and others across Lake Ontario.
complete the impressive lineup.
Winemaker Hours
Winemaker Hours John Tummon April–October
Marlize Beyers April–November Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm
Winemaker’s choice Daily 10:30 am–5:30 pm Syrah November–March
Single Vineyard Riesling December–March Best LCBO brand Daily 11 am–5 pm
Location Daily 10:30 am–6:00 pm Meritage Tour hours
4152 Locust Lane Tour hours Location By appointment,
Beamsville L0R 1B0 By appointment 3550 King Street or by chance during
905.563.8700 Vineland L0R 2C0 retail hours 905.562.5625
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WINES & SPIRITS 6D Experience the mesmerizing view of vineyards along
In 1992, John Hall bought an existing facility and the lakefront property, coupled with a selection
made local history by becoming Ontario’s only of wine offerings from the charming boutique. Best
producer of wines and spirits. Today, Kittling Ridge known for aromatic whites such as Diva, a Semillon–
remains the only place in Niagara wine country Sauvignon blend and 2008 Cuvée Gold winner, as
to taste wonderful wines and exceptional spirits. well as big reds and unique varietals of Semillon and
Sample their very popular Icewine & Brandy, a Malbec, this third-generation, family-owned estate
25-time international award winner, or enjoy their is one stop not to be missed. A unique destination for
limited edition, small-batch VQA Symmetry wines. weddings, special events and corporate functions,
Indulge yourself with their Eight Below Vodka, made the family and staff at Legends invite you to treat
with a touch of Icewine, or discover Forty Creek, yourself to something out of the ordinary.
Canada’s #1 best-tasting whisky. The winery/distillery
offers tours and seminars, and is clearly visible and Winemaker Hours
accessible from the QEW at Grimsby. Serge Papineau Monday–Saturday
Winemaker’s choice 10 am–5 pm
Winemaker Hours Malbec Sunday
John Hall Monday–Saturday Best LCBO brand 11 am–5 pm
Winemaker’s choice 10 am–6 pm DIVA Semillon–Sauvignon Tour hours
Kittling Ridge Estates Sunday and holidays Blanc By appointment; tour
Icewine & Brandy 11 am–5 pm Location packages available
Best LCBO brand Tour hours 4888 Ontario Street North Tours and bus
Kittling Ridge Estates June–August Beamsville L0R 1B3 groups welcome
Icewine & Brandy Tuesday–Saturday 905.563.6500
Location 2 pm
297 South Service Road Sunday and holidays
Grimsby L3M 4E9 11 am
905.945.9225 ext. 27 September
 1.800.694.6798 Weekends only Groups (10+) year-round
by appointment


Nestled in Niagara’s wine region, Magnotta offers Innovation has been key to Martin Malivoire’s
complimentary daily tours that take guests behind success since he purchased prime vineyard acreage
the scenes, where grapes from Magnotta’s own on the Beamsville Bench in 1995, and opened his
Niagara vineyards are crushed and pressed; the tour fascinating gravity-flow winery in an elaborately
also includes a close-up look at the presses used recycled Quonset hut in 1998. First focusing on

      to make Canada’s most award-winning Icewines. varieties from northern France—Chardonnay, Pinot
Magnotta is home to many innovative wines, Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer—he then



  including Enotrium, Canada’s first Amarone-inspired began the slow process of converting his 26-hectare



  VQA red wine, for which grapes are naturally air vineyard to organic production; he also created a
dried at the winery’s Amarone-style wine-drying “serious” dry rosé, Ladybug, and a Musqué Spritz.
 " #$%  
 room. Shop for a wide range of items at the wine Today, winemaker Shiraz Mottiar presides over a


   boutique, browse local and international works of art range of vibrant and polished wines, from inexpensive
that have inspired the winery’s label designs, and white and red blends to classy, single-vineyard
sample wines at the welcoming tasting bar. Pinots and Chardonnays. Not to mention Old Vines
Foch, which can be cellared for several years.

 Winemaker Hours
Marco Zamuner Monday–Wednesday Winemaker Hours

! Winemaker’s choice 9 am–6 pm Shiraz Mottiar Monday–Friday
2007 Merlot Thursday–Friday Winemaker’s choice 10 am–5 pm
Limited Edition VQA 9 am–7 pm Moira Chardonnay Saturday–Sunday
Best LCBO brand Saturday Best LCBO brand 11 am–5 pm
Vidal Icewine 9 am–6 pm Malivoire Red Extended hours in
Limited Edition Sunday summer; check website
Location 11 am–5 pm 4260 King Street East Tour hours
4701 Ontario Street Tour hours Beamsville L0R 1B0 Year-round by appointment
Beamsville L0R 1B4 Daily 2 pm 905.563.9253
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CELLARS OF DISTINCTION) 14F Back in 1983, Steve Kocsis first planted this dramatic FARMS & WINERY 4D
The Cellars of Megalomaniac sit on a 96-acre site of Beamsville Bench site—family owned since 1958—but For eight generations, the Puddicombe family has Icewine
the Vineland Upper Bench. Locals argue that it is didn’t begin producing wine until 1999, giving his farmed west of Grimsby, joining the wine movement
the highest vantage point on the Niagara Escarpment, inaugural wines a head start in terms of richness and in the 1980s. Lindsay Puddicombe—a graduate of With hot summers and cold
with clear views of the Toronto and Niagara Falls concentration. Sustainable agricultural practices the University of Guelph and Niagara College—is the
skylines—a must-see for photographers. The unique and a longer aging process speak to a traditional focus; current winemaker, presiding over a full slate of winters, Ontario is home to
underground Cellar allows guests a total tasting indeed, a visit to the winery is a glimpse into the whites, reds and fruit wines from 75 hectares. She’s exceptional Icewine. Picked by
experience in the midst of a production and barrel- aging potential of Niagara wines: the current vintage responsible for crafting their popular Muscat and
aging facility. Of note are the Cabernet Sauvignon and for reds is 2003. Steve’s son Richard and son-in-law Colombard whites, varietals rarely seen in Niagara. hand at night (which prevents
Merlot single varietals (all reds are aged in French oak Alberto round out the team creating the winery’s A hive of family activity during the summer and fall
for at least 22 months). Niagara veteran Sue-Ann Staff show-stopping Vidal Icewines (like the 2010 Cuvée seasons, the winery features a Kids Club, an orchard the grapes from thawing), then
(proprietor of Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery in Jordan) Limited Edition winner 2004 vintage), plus rich train ride, an outdoor museum of train cars, a general
is the wine-master and liaison to their sister property, Chardonnays, lively Rieslings and concentrated store and a bakery. pressed while still frozen, the
Château la Confession in St. Emilion, Bordeaux. Cabernet-based reds.
Winemaker Hours
grapes produce a small quantity
Sue-Ann Staff
Steve Kocsis
Lindsay Puddicombe January–April
of highly concentrated—not to
Winemaker’s choice
Winemaker’s choice Daily 12 pm–6 pm Winemaker’s choice 10 am–6 pm Colombard Reserve 9 am–5 pm
mention intensely flavoured and
Bigmouth Merlot November–April 2006 Reserve Chardonnay Sunday and holidays Best LCBO brand Saturday–Sunday
Best LCBO brand Weekends Location 11 am–5 pm Riesling 10 am–4 pm incredibly smooth—wine. Visit
11 am–5 pm May–December
Narcissist Riesling
4016 Mountain Street
Beamsville L0R 1B7
Tour hours
Self-guided tours during
1468 Highway 8 Daily 9 am–5 pm wine country in December and
3930 Cherry Avenue by chance or appointment 905.563.0745
regular hours; guided tours
by appointment
Winona L8E 5K9
Tour hours
Self-guided agricultural
January for the Icewine harvest
Vineland, ON L0R 2C0
905.562.5155 or 905.643.6882
estate tours
Daily 9 am–4 pm
and festivals.
1.888.MEGALO1 Guided tours by appointment
(minimum of 10 people)

When Jan and Krystyna Tarasewicz opened their ESTATES WINERY 9E Fifteen years ago, chartered accountant Mauro & ESTATE WINERY 19G
boutique winery in 2006 in the heart of the Beamsville When approaching Niagara wine country from the Scarsellone and his sister, Anna Gottardo, grasped The only winery in Ontario with its very own 18-hole
Bench, they turned heads with the name on their west, Peninsula Ridge beckons with its grand Niagara’s potential and began planting nine hectares golf course and wine museum, Rockway Glen serves
label—and with the lively, fruit-focused wines in the Ontario-gothic, red-brick Victorian—which houses of prime vineyard in the Twenty Mile Bench up its wines at the 19th hole, or when guests sit down
bottle. Far from glorifying mobsters, the name stems the fine William D. Kitchen House restaurant, named appellation, much of it with Pinot Noir, Merlot and for a dinner or a banquet at Windows on Rockway.
from a now-humorous incident between feuding for the original owner. Owners Norm Beal and Cabernet Sauvignon. Happily, he also planted an This large winery operation, with 50 hectares under
Mennonite families. You’ll have to visit the winery Nancy McNally opened the winery in 2000, focusing Italian variety called Nebbiolo, the red grape that vine, features a large portfolio of Cabernet- and
(or their whimsical website) for details. Consulting on making racy Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays makes Italy’s famous Barolo—it has since become Merlot-based reds—and Riesling, Chardonnay and
winemaker Andrzej Lipinski crafts whites and reds (especially unoaked Inox Chardonnay) and Bordeaux Ridgepoint’s rare signature wine. Several white Pinot Gris—under the care of winemaker Stacie
that catch a pure expression of their grapes, with reds from 42 owned acres and neighbouring fruit varieties round out the selection, with Riesling Domio. The winery is available for large events, such
2008 Gewürztraminer and Riesling taking Silver on the Beamsville Bench. Rhône varieties, like Syrah gathering accolades. A trip to the winery, and as weddings, conferences and concerts, and visitors
Medals at the Canadian Wine Awards. Don’t miss (red) and Viognier (white), were later added to perhaps a light, casual Italian lunch at their on-site can also pre-book golf/wine/dine packages.
the 2007 Chardonnay Reserve, Pinot Noir and critical acclaim. In a beautifully restored barn, the dining room and seasonal patio, is the best way
Cabernet Sauvignon. tasting room and banquet space are among the to experience the wines. Winemaker Hours
grandest in Niagara. As are the great views across Stacie Domio May–October
Winemaker Hours Lake Ontario. Winemaker Hours Winemaker’s choice Daily 11 am–7 pm
Andrzej Lipinski Daily 10 am–6 pm Arthur Harder Boutique 2006 Reserve Chardonnay Winter, visit website or call
Location (Tuesday and Wednesday Winemaker Hours Winemaker’s choice Wednesday–Sunday
Location Tour hours
4043 Mountainview Road by appointment or Jamie Evans June–October Pinot Noir Reserve 11 am–5 pm
3290 Ninth Street Monday–Friday
Beamsville L0R 1B2 by chance) Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm Restaurant St. Catharines L2R 6P7 11 am
Best LCBO brand
905.563.9802 Wismer Vineyards November–May Cabernet Merlot Wednesday–Sunday 905.641.5771 Saturday Sauvignon Blanc Daily 10 am–5 pm 11:30 am–4 pm 1.877.762.5929
Location By appointment Tour hours
Best LCBO brand Tour hours 3900 Cherry Avenue Sunday
By appointment or
Inox Chardonnay June–October Vineland L0R 2C0 12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Daily 11:30 am 905.562.8853 by chance
Location Bus tours and corporate
5600 King Street West November–May
events welcome
Beamsville L0R 1B0 By appointment
905.563.0900 Private tours by appointment
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Rosewood opened in 2008, and recognition has Niagara by air
been rapid thanks to the winemaking talents of
Natalie Spytkowsky, an oenologist who has created Of the many ways to explore
award-winning Pinot Noir, eclectic Semillon–
Sauvignon, Cuvée Award–winning Gewürztraminer Ontario’s wine country, one
and charming, off-dry Riesling Süssreserve. Of course, of the most unusual is offered
the underlying buzz is the mead and honey-based
wines. Owner Eugene Roman is an apiarist (bee- by Niagara Helicopters’ Heli-
3FDIBSHFZPVSIBOEIFME keeper) and, with Spytkowsky, has cross-pollinated
the meads with interesting grape blends: very good Wineries tours. On your specially
Mon Cherie, Grande Reserve Ambrosia and Mead
In the Twenty Valley, it’s common knowledge that if you live life in the fast lane, you’re missing Royale. The modern winery and tasting room are chartered tour, swoop over
all the good parts. That’s why we believe, if you’ve got five, you should take Twenty. set on the Beamsville Bench, a great place to picnic
and unwind, while the adjoining gift shop waxes
the Niagara Escarpment, cruise
Visit or call 905.562.3636 for your free Visitor’s Map. Be sure to check our
website for information about the Twenty Valley Wine Country Run, Saturday June 12, 2010!
poetic with all things wine and honey. over acres of vineyards and
Winemaker Hours gently set down on the
Natalie Spytkowsky June–October
Winemaker’s choice Monday–Saturday manicured lawns of several
2008 Natalie’s 11 am–6 pm
Süssreserve Riesling Sunday Niagara wineries for tours
11 am–5 pm
4352 Mountainview Road November–May
and tastings—in style.
Beamsville L0R 1B2 Thursday–Monday
905.563.4383 11 am–5 pm
1.866.633.3248 Tour hours By appointment

Lake Land Meats

and Farm Market 02 ROYAL DEMARIA WINES 14E
Joseph DeMaria entered the wine business in 1998,
Burgundy super-fan Moray Tawse is smitten with
and soon after made a Vidal Icewine that went on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the Twenty Mile
local and naturally grown to win several major awards. He has since focused Bench. In 2005, he opened a handsome, six-tier
exclusively on Niagara Icewine, and the awards— gravity-flow winery, with three barrel caves carved
national and international—keep coming in, literally into the Escarpment. Adding neighbouring vineyards
Farm-­Raised Game Meats by the hundreds, including five consecutive Golds expanded his range to Riesling, Cabernet Franc and
Traditional Meats for his Chardonnay Icewine at the prestigious Merlot; under the guidance of Burgundy consulting
Chardonnay du Monde competition in Europe. oenologist Pascal Marchand and Niagara-trained
CURIOUS? Farm Fresh Eggs His 2000 Chardonnay is claimed to be the most winemaker Paul Pender, these vineyards are being
Seasonal Produce expensive in the world. He has produced 24 different converted to organic and biodynamic production. The
varietal Icewines, from grapes as innovative (for Tawse label—along with the winery’s Sketches line—
CSA Programmes
Where & how Icewine) as Muscat Ottonel, Gamay and Petit Verdot.
Queen Elizabeth ordered six bottles for her 2002
visit to Canada.
is one of the most sought-after brands in Ontario, with
a bushel of awards affirming its success. In 2009,
Tawse placed a close second as Canada’s Winery of
Summer Weekend BBQs
is your food grown? Winemaker Hours
the Year at the Canadian Wine Awards.

Joseph DeMaria By appointment or Winemakers Hours

Join by chance Paul Pender, May–October
1226 St. Paul St. W. Winemaker’s choice
2004 Pinot Noir Icewine April–October Rene Van Ede, Daily 10 am–6 pm
Joel Gfeller
St. Catharines, ON | L2R 6P7 Monday–Saturday November–April

Revolution 2012
Best LCBO brand (with Pascal Marchand)
Muscat Ottonel Icewine 10 am–6 pm Monday–Friday
1-800-665-3547 | 905-688-4570 Location Sunday Winemakers’ choice
Pinot Noir
10 am–5 pm
4551 Cherry Avenue 11 am–5 pm Saturday–Sunday
Vineland L0R 1B0 November–March Location 10 am–6 pm
3955 Cherry Avenue
eat healthy, eat local 905.228.2593
Daily 11 am–5 pm
Tour hours
Vineland L0R 2C0
Tour hours
By appointment 905.562.9500
Call for details

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NIAGARA A Perfect Pairing...

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Experience the wines, culture and history of Ontario’s regions,

or just take some time to enjoy life’s pleasures with a stay at
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JUNE 12 TO 27, 2010 Gracious Inns  Regional Cuisine
Niagara’s celebration of the harvest and world renowned Nurturing Spas  Wine Country Packages
Niagara wines comes to life with the Niagara New
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SEPTEMBER 17 TO 26, 2010
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Hundreds of packages are available online including culinary
Enjoy more than 100 events including winery tours and
tastings, concerts, Niagara cuisine, wine seminars, live
getaways, wine tastings and even spa getaways that include a
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“Wine Country Body Wrap” or “Vinotherapy”.
during the 59th Niagara Wine Festival.
Enjoy our passion for exceptional quality and hospitality.
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JANUARY 14 TO 30, 2011

For three weeks in January the Niagara region is
transformed into a wintry wonderland, celebrating one
of Canada’s most cherished products, Ontario Icewine.
From Gala evening toasts to chestnut roasts, ornate ice
bars and winery tours, the 16th annual Niagara Icewine
Festival offers plenty for every taste. Join the celebration!


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Discover why Vineland Estates Winery is known as

Niagara’s Premiere Wine & Culinary Experience
One of the first true boutique wineries in Niagara,
with vineyards first planted in 1980, Thirty Bench The Twenty Valley
has hit full stride in the last few years with the focus
on small lots of low-yield, handcrafted wines. The Wine Country Run
winery has earned numerous accolades, including
two Cuvée Golds (2010) and two consecutive top-10 In its first year, 2009, the Twenty
finishes at the Canadian Wine Awards. Single-block,
old-vine Rieslings are the soul of Thirty Bench; Valley Niagara Wine Country
equally fine reds and Chardonnays have also emerged Run drew more than 1,140
since the 2005 vintage. A visit to the wood-clad
winery, or joining their mailing list, is the best way runners and walkers to its route
to access the winery’s new and library wines.
from Beamsville to Jordan.
Winemaker Hours
Emma Garner Daily 10 am–6 pm This year’s run, scheduled for
Winemaker’s choice
Small Lot Rieslings
Tour hours
One-on-one tastings;
June 12, 2010, offers a 4K, 10K,
Location reservations highly
half-marathon and marathon,
4281 Mountainview Road
Beamsville L0R 1B0 capped off by a unique finish-
905.563.1698 line celebration party, complete
the restaurant the carriage house the wine boutique with live music, great food and,
of course, fine wines from the
Experience our Four- Nestled between the Wine Visitors to the winery
Diamond Award winning Boutique and the Restaurant will find our full range of
Twenty Valley area.
dining. All year round, for is the Carriage House. With Vineland Estates wines at
luncheons and dinners. an unparalleled view of our The Wine Boutique,
Imagine dining while vineyard and Lake Ontario, located in the 1877 Established in 1984, Vineland has led Niagara for a ESTATE WINERY 14F
enjoying the stunning view this is the perfect venue for historic barn. The generation, thanks to brothers Allan (president) and The Great One established his No. 99 Estates to
Brian (winemaker) Schmidt. It was the first to plant raise funds for the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, which
of our vineyards and Lake any elegant private occasion. Boutique features Reserve, and promote Riesling in its St. Urbans Vineyard. In supports numerous charities, including minor
Ontario in the distance. Vintage and Limited 1995, it launched a legendary Cabernet–Merlot, hockey programs for less-fortunate kids. In the new
whose subsequent vintages took two golds last year. winery in Vineland, the winemaking team of Rob
Production wines. Vineland was also the first to offer fine winery dining, Power and Craig McDonald are beginning to draw
set in an immaculately restored 19th-century accolades—multiple awards include a Cuvée win
farmhouse and a charming Carriage House. The for No. 99 2007 Shiraz–Cabernet. Most popular
vibrant winemaking—whether Riesling, Chardonnay, varieties are produced, with the new Estate Series
Sauvignon Blanc, Cab Franc or brilliant Icewine—has (launched in 2009) adding Pinot Noir and Sauvignon
defined a Niagara style. Blanc. Rare Shiraz Icewine is also a hit. The Grille
patio is a favourite weekend stop for hockey and
Winemaker Hours wine fans alike.
Brian Schmidt May–October
Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm Winemakers Hours
Cabernet Franc November–April Craig McDonald, Summer
Daily 11 am–5 pm Rob Power Monday–Saturday
Best LCBO brand
Winemakers’ choice 10 am–6 pm
Semi-Dry Riesling Restaurant
Open year-round for Estate Series Chardonnay Sunday and holidays
lunch and dinner; Closed Best LCBO brand 11 am–6 pm
3620 Moyer Road
Vineland L0R 2C0 Mondays and Tuesdays Merlot Winter
905.562.7088 in winter Monday–Saturday
1.888.846.3526 Tour hours 3751 King Street 10 am–5 pm May–September Vineland L0R 2C0 Sunday and holidays Public tours daily 905.562.4945 11 am–5 pm
11 am, 3 pm Tour hours
October–April By appointment
1 888 846 3526 | | 3620 Moyer Road, Vineland, Ontario L0R 2C0 Public tours on weekends
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20 Bees, launched in 2005 as a co-operative of The Lakeit family—with a half-century of farming
    19 grape growers and one winemaker, is now the history behind them—opened Caroline Cellars with

   central production facility for the Diamond Estates the 2000 vintage, and their winery tasting room in
    group of wineries. Since joining the Diamond family, the Four Mile Creek appellation two years later. Rick
the winery’s focus has remained on less-expensive Lakeit, Sr. and Jr., make a portfolio of great-value
wines, marketed with a sense of fun. The latest white and red varietal wines, award-winning fruit
releases, including Gewürztraminer and Cabernet– wines and Icewine, as well as the new, easy-drinking
Merlot, are proving to be very good value indeed. Momentum line of white and red blends. They have
A visit to the tasting room on Niagara Stone Road scored critical awards with their Gewürztraminer
allows you to purchase other wines from Diamond and Cabernet Franc. The charming winery has been
Estates, including Dan Aykroyd, Lakeview Cellars designed to accommodate large events and weddings,
and Sundance. Be sure to check out their plans for both indoors and outdoors.

a state-of-the-art retail/hospitality centre, due to
start construction in summer 2010. Winemakers Hours
Rick Lakeit, Sr., Monday–Saturday
Winemakers Hours Rick Lakeit, Jr. 10 am–6 pm
Tom Green, Jason Roller, July–September Winemakers’ choice Sunday
!  "## Scott McGregor Daily 11 am–7 pm Cabernet Sauvignon 11 am–6 pm
#$%& '(  )*& ' +  * &(#,- ./01$200$%3 Winemakers’ choice October–June Best LCBO brand Shortened winter hours
Pinot Grigio Daily 11 am–6 pm Riesling Tour hours
Best LCBO brand Location By appointment or
Cabernet Merlot 1028 Line 2 by chance during

1067 Niagara Stone Road
L0S 1J0
retail hours

Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.8814
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The Dyck family only began making wine in 2006, but This family estate winery is set among 35 hectares of
 with over 90 hectares of mature vineyard in the Four
Mile Creek appellation, these growers can pick and
pristine vines in the St. David’s Bench sub-appellation.
Founded in 1978 by Canadian wine-industry visionary
   bottle their best. Recent releases by new winemaker Paul Bosc, the winery continues to innovate with
          Colin Ferguson show a bright, clean style, although pioneering viticultural research. All wines are crafted

  late harvest and Icewines have accumulated the from grapes grown on their own vineyards using

   most medals, including Cuvée Gold for the 2006 sustainable farming techniques. The portfolio
 !  "  

 Barrel Fermented Vidal Icewine and a Canadian includes solid, well-structured single-vineyard wines,
      Wine Awards Silver for the 2007 Cabernet Franc artisanally produced rare and unique varieties, as

   Icewine. While these wines are beginning to break well as bold reds built for aging—all available for
   # $ %     
into Vintages, a visit to the winery is still the best tasting at the bar for a nominal fee. The Château is

  &  '     way to taste the potential of the very large portfolio. a wonderful setting for private events, concerts
  and customized group experiences.

 Winemaker Hours
Colin Ferguson May–October Winemakers Location
Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm Paul M. Bosc, 1025 York Road
Pinot Noir November–April Anna Maruggi Niagara-on-the-Lake
Daily 11 am–5 pm Winemakers’ choice L0S 1P0
Location 905.262.4219
1156 Concession 6 2007 Equuleus
Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard
L0S 1J0 VQA St. David’s Bench
905.988.9463 Best LCBO brand Hours Brut Méthode Traditionnelle Daily 10 am–6 pm VQA, Niagara-on-the-Lake Tour hours
()(*! !  + &  +"%!)*, Daily
 -./)01023/(23.%1 11 am, 3 pm (English)
 11:15 am (Japanese)
    12 pm (French)

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In a warm microclimate just below the St. David’s ORGANIC WINERY 31C
Bench, Coyote’s Run produces intensely flavoured, No winery offers a better window onto the world
lively small-batch wines. The winery recently ranked of organic winemaking than Frogpond Farm; with a
in the top 20 at the Canadian Wine Awards, and has belief that natural balances build stronger vines
twice captured the top prize for Pinot Noir. Veteran that can survive without chemical pesticides and
winemaker David Sheppard focuses on crafting fine herbicides, it’s Ontario’s first winery to produce
wines made from a number of varieties, including certified-organic wine and the only one that produces
Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Of particular organic wine exclusively. The winery also gets its
interest are the Red and Black Paw Vineyard wines, electricity from a renewable energy source. Jens
which reflect the unique terroir of the two different Gemmrich and Heike Koch opened the winery in
soils on the estate. 2001, focusing on a small range of solid, traditionally
styled Cabernet–Merlot, Riesling and, more recently,
Winemaker Hours Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc rosé, Gamay
David Sheppard May–November and Icewine.
Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm
Red Paw Vineyard December–April Winemaker Hours
Pinot Noir Daily 11 am–5 pm Jens Gemmrich May–October
Best LCBO brand Tour hours Winemaker’s choice Daily 11 am–6 pm
Unoaked Chardonnay By appointment Cabernet Franc November–April
Location Best LCBO brand Daily 11 am–5 pm
485 Concession 5 Riesling Tour hours
St. Davids L0S 1P0 Location Self-guided farm tours
905.682.8310 1385 Larkin Road during store hours
1.877.COYOTE.3 Niagara-on-the-Lake L0R 1J0 905.468.1079


For over three decades, Hillebrand has anchored wine This 12-hectare vineyard, planted along the Niagara
tourism in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Hillebrand Parkway, has had one purpose since 2005: to create
Winery Restaurant (and chef de cuisine Frank Dodd) the best and most innovative Icewine for the world.
and the Collector’s Boutique are ongoing draws, Founder and winemaker Jamie Macfarlane is right


     while a slate of special and seasonal events—such as
the summer jazz and blues festivals, blending
workshops, Icewine-grape harvesting and barrel-
on track with the international success of Northern
Ice: a trio of “toasting style” Icewines—Cabernet
Sauvignon, Vidal and Vintner’s Reserve—each a
7 ,%-/&$11 !*$(,$ ,#2*(, /65.$/($,"$0 $12/,1/ ,0.-/1 1(-,%/-+( & / -1$*0,,0 cellar dinners—keep the place hopping year-round. Grand Gold winner at Europe’s Monde Selection
1'/-2&'-21( & / (,$-2,1/6  80(  (* ,#- "'. ") &$0 3 (* !*$ New Zealand–trained winemaker Darryl Brooker competition. The winery, a refurbished 18th-century
%/-+-21'$01$/,,1 /(- ,#  delivers true flavours from the affordable Artist Series peach barn, welcomes visitors for year-round tours,
7  00$,&$/-2/0 (*6
wines; the blended Trius Red, White and gold- tastings and Jamie’s newest Icewine innovations,
7 ("6"*$-2/0 ,#$,1 *0 

     medal-winning Brut sparkler; and the premium including Icewine Slushies and Icewine Spirit. Group
7 -2/+$12,"' ,#(,,$/(,$/6-2/0    Showcase single-lot bottlings, which earned tours and corporate functions for up to 50 visitors
the winery a top-10 finish in the 2009 Canadian are welcome, complete with seminars with Jamie,
7 (",("2,"' ,# %1$/,--,-2/0 Wine Awards. the world’s most experienced Icewine maker.
7 ""-++-# 1(-,( & /  **0 ,#-*% ") &$0
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7 /(3 1$201-+ ") &$05"*20(3$ 01(,&0 ( & / -,1'$ )$ Darryl Brooker Daily 10 am–6 pm Jamie Macfarlane June–October
905.468.1300 Winemaker’s choice Extended summer hours Winemaker’s choice Tuesday–Sunday
7 .$"( *(010(,/$ 1(3$"" 0(-,0/-2. ,# 800.680.7006 Trius Red 2005 Northern Ice 11 am–5 pm
-/.-/ 1$3$,10 Tour hours
,( & / 4(,$1-2/0 "-&$"-,$1 Tour hours
Best LCBO brand Daily; hourly, on the hour Best LCBO brand
7 $$1(,&0 ,#,"$,1(3$04(1'+. "1 Artist Series Chardonnay Northern Ice Vidal Icewine Private tasting
by appointment;
Location Location buses welcome
1249 Niagara Stone Road 14778 Niagara Parkway

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Inniskillin was founded in 1975 by Donald Ziraldo NIAGARA ESTATE WINERY 30A Alongside the Niagara River and tucked off the
and Karl Kaiser, introducing a new era for the Named Best Canadian Winery 20 times, Jackson- Niagara Parkway, the well-kept, herbicide-free, Wine-country cuisine
Canadian wine industry and gaining international Triggs’ state-of-the-art winery is an environmentally nine-hectare Lailey Vineyard has long been known
fame for putting Canada’s Icewine on the world map. friendly showpiece. Chef David Penny leads events for producing some of Niagara’s sturdiest, deepest Ontario’s wine country is also
Recent renovations include an Icewine Tasting Bar, such as the popular “Savour the Sights” five-course reds, witnessed by an InterVin Gold award for the
a KitchenAid Demonstration Kitchen, and a Riedel wine and food experience set throughout the winery. 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. Veteran winemaker Derek home to great foods and great
Room. Chef David Penny hosts a hands-on Great The “Twilight in the Vineyard” amphitheatre Barnett—a pioneer in using Canadian oak barrels— chefs. From freshly picked
Canadian Kitchen Party, as well as food and wine summer concerts highlight top Canadian performers. excels with Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon
pairing experiences. Winemaker Bruce Nicholson has Winemaker Marco Piccoli crafts award-winning VQA Blanc and Riesling, made in a compact, complex style produce to artisanal cheese
been earning top international awards for his VQA wines, including the Proprietors’ Grand Reserve for enjoying at the table, and often benefiting from
wines. Try his brilliant Icewines; Winemaker’s Series Méthode Classique Sparkler, Meritage and Merlot; bottle aging. The small winery is an ideal stop for to meats and charcuterie,
Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir; and top-tier the Delaine Vineyard Syrah and Cabernet–Merlot, intimate tastings and special events.
Legacy Series Riesling and Cab Franc. plus Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Ontario’s local bounty—and the
Winemaker Hours Winemaker Hours
Derek Barnett
May–October regionally inspired cuisine of
Bruce Nicholson May–October
Daily 9 am–6 pm
Marco Piccoli Summer
Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm
our restaurants, many of which
Winemaker’s choice Winemaker’s choice 2008 Syrah VQA November–April
2008 Inniskillin Montague November–April Proprietors’ Grand 10:30 am–6:30 pm Niagara River Daily 11 am–5 pm are on site at the wineries—
Vineyard Chardonnay Daily 9 am–5 pm Reserve Merlot Sunday Location Tour hours
Best LCBO brand Tour hours Best LCBO brand 10:30 am–6:00 pm 15940 Niagara Parkway By appointment is an exceptional match with
Inniskillin Vidal Icewine May–October Proprietors’ Reserve Winter Niagara-on-the-Lake
Location Daily Cabernet Sauvignon– Daily 10:30 am–5:30 pm L0S 1J0 our local wines. See how
Hourly, 10:30 am–4:30 pm Cabernet Franc 905.468.0503
1499 Line 3
Niagara-on-the-Lake November–April Location
Tour hours
Summer unforgettably delicious “local”
L0S 1J0
905.468.2187 ext. 5400
Daily 10:30 am, 2:30 pm 2145 Niagara Stone Road
Hourly, on the half-hour
10:30 am–5:30 pm
can be.
1.888.466.4754 ext. 5400 L0S 1J0 Winter 905.468.4637 ext. 3 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, concierge desk 2:30 pm

While Niagara-born Dr. Joseph Pohorly opened The arrival of veteran German winemaker Herbert In 2004, accomplished home winemaker and A grape grower since 1952, John Marynissen not only
his own premium winery in 1996, his history in the Konzelmann in 1984 gave the fledgling Niagara winemaking author Daniel Pambianchi bought the founded one of Ontario’s first small family wineries
industry goes back much further—he founded industry a boost in confidence and experience. Maleta property, which enjoys a warm microclimate in 1990, he was also the first to plant Cabernet
Newark Wines (which later became Hillebrand) in A former peach orchard on the lakeside, planted on the edge of St. David’s Bench. The operation Sauvignon, a later-ripening red grape assumed to be
1978. Today, with 10 hectares of prime orchard with varietals like Riesling, Gewürztraminer and focuses on Bordeaux reds and old-vine Riesling and incompatible with Niagara’s climate. His daughter
converted to vineyard, Joseph’s Estate Wines is Chardonnay, produced its greatest fruit years later. Gamay, but Pambianchi’s interest in sparkling wine Sandra has inherited his legacy of big Cabernet-based
racking up medals for Icewines in particular, and Along with assistant winemaker Eric Pearson, is also bearing fruit, winning a 2010 Cuvée Gold for reds that remain at the heart of today’s portfolio. In
their port and sherry-styled wines are among the Konzelmann has garnered prestigious national and Maleta’s 2007 Old Vines Dry Sparkling Wine. The the warm, dry 2007 vintage, several reds took Intervin
last remaining in Ontario. In addition, Pohorly has international Icewine medals, including Canada’s 2006 sparkling won Ontario Wine Awards Gold in awards, including more recently planted Syrah and
been researching and marketing the health benefits only placement on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list 2009. The range includes the moderately priced, Malbec; an All-Canada Gold for the 2007 unoaked
of grapeseed oil, a powerful antioxidant. Winery (in 2008). Fruit-forward Pinot Blanc is a white humorously labelled Grape Brain series and the more Chardonnay proved that the portfolio is indeed well
tours are a great way to hear about Niagara history, specialty, along with soft Pinot Noir and Merlot reds. upscale View brand, as well as the premium red rounded. A visit to the winery and tasting room has
geography and winemaking. The top-end Winemaster’s Collection series is Meritage label. A popular tour package includes a very much a family feel.
available only at the winery, a popular stop for friendly tasting of four wines, including sparkling wine,
Winemakers Hours wine tours. paired with local and international cheeses. Winemakers Hours
Dr. Joseph Pohorly, June–October Jeff Hundertmark, May–October
Katherine Reid Daily 10 am–7 pm Winemakers Hours Winemakers Hours Sandra Marynissen Daily 10 am–6 pm
Winemakers’ choice November–May Herbert Konzelmann, May–October Arthur Harder, May–October Winemakers’ choice November–April
2008 Pinot Grigio Daily 10 am–6 pm Eric Pearson Daily 10 am–6 pm Michael Komar, Daily 10:30 am–5:30 pm Cabernet Merlot Daily 10 am–5 pm
Winemakers’ choice November–April Daniel Pambianchi November–April
Location Tour hours Location Tour hours
1811 Niagara Stone Road June–October Pinot Noir Monday–Saturday Winemakers’ choice Friday–Sunday 1208 Concession 1, RR 6 Group tours of 15 or
Niagara-on-the-Lake Daily 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm Best LCBO brand 10 am–5 pm Meritage 11 am–5 pm Niagara-on-the-Lake more by appointment
L0S 1J0 Riesling Sunday Location Or by appointment L0S 1J0
905.468.1259 11 am–5 pm 450 Queenston Road 905.468.7270
1.866.468.1259 Location Tour hours
1096 Lakeshore Road Tour hours Niagara-on-the-Lake By request L0S 1J0 Niagara-on-the-Lake May–September
L0S 1J0 Daily 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm 905.685.8486
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Visit our neighbourhood of wineries surrounded

by rolling vineyards, scenic drives, fresh country
cuisine, and countless ways to experience and enjoy
wine. Here, no two wineries are alike – we each 01 MIKE WEIR WINE 02 NIAGARA COLLEGE
have our own stories to tell. You’ll see this Canada’s most famous golfer entered the wine TEACHING WINERY 26F
when you step up to our doors and you’ll business in 2005, out of a personal love of wine and Canada’s only commercial teaching winery has a
taste it when you sample our wines. a desire to raise money for the Mike Weir Foundation, new campus, officially opened by Prince Charles in
which funds children’s charities across the country. November 2009. Conveniently located just off the
In a few short years, his label has become one of the QEW at Highway 55, the building doubles as a Wine
leading VQA brands at the LCBO. On the Niagara Visitor + Education Centre. Veteran winemaker/
Parkway, a showpiece winery, hospitality centre and professor Terence Van Rooyen oversees the students
gallery of Mike Weir’s golfing memorabilia is also in and the sourcing of grape varieties from the adjacent
the works. The award-winning wine is made in vineyard (in St. David’s Bench) and elsewhere. The
conjunction with Château des Charmes, drawing on broad portfolio of intensely flavoured wines is topped
its 150 hectares to create a focused range of mid- by premium Dean’s List labels, including Cuvée Gold
priced varietals, including balanced Chardonnay and 2007 Pinot Noir, excellent 2007 Meritage and 2008
Sauvignon Blanc whites, Pinot Noir and Cabernet– Cabernet Franc Icewine. On your visit, don’t miss
Merlot reds, and Icewine. the college’s great retail garden nursery, and dine at
the Culinary Institute Restaurant.
D`UbmcifYgWUdYhcXUm" Winemakers
Paul Bosc Sr.,
Winery opening 2011 Winemaker Hours
Anna Maruggi Terence Van Rooyen Daily 10 am–6 pm
Visit our website for wine-themed itineraries, updates on Winemakers’ choice
our upcoming touring events, contests and more. Winemaker’s choice Tour hours
Chardonnay Dean’s List Meritage 2007 Saturday–Sunday
Best LCBO brand Location 2 pm

     Cabernet Merlot 135 Taylor Road
Location Niagara-on-the-Lake
Winery facility opening L0S 1J0
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While John and Barbara Neufeld have grown grapes Andrew Peller was one of the founding fathers of
on their large, 95-hectare Niagara Lakeshore Ontario wine; today, his namesake wine company,

property for over 30 years, they only ventured into the province’s second-largest, remains a family-
the wine business at the turn of the century. Their owned enterprise—focused around the grand winery,
inaugural 2003 Icewine put Palatine Hills on the showpiece barrel cellar and gracious Peller Estates
map, winning Wine of the Year at the Ontario Wine Winery Restaurant (helmed by chef Jason Parsons).

Awards. Today, they are poised to double their Food and wine pairing themes are mainstays in the
production, creating approachably priced Reserve chock-full seminar and event calendar. Peller’s full
and Estate wines. Newly hired winemaker Jeff Innes range of Private Reserve whites, reds and sweet
takes on a portfolio of traditional Cabernet wines by winemaker Lawrence Buhler are always
Sauvignon/Merlot-based reds, unoaked Chardonnay, rich and approachable, while the Signature Series


Riesling, a peer-acknowledged Gewürztraminer features age-worthy reds, award-winning Icewines
and Icewine. and the unique Ice Cuvée sparklers, sweetened
with a touch of Icewine.
Winemaker Hours
Toronto: 905-677-8083 . Niagara: 905-374-8111 Jeff Innes Daily 10 am–6 pm Winemaker
Lawrence Buhler
Daily 10 am–6 pm
Winemaker’s choice Tour hours
SAVE 10% @ 2007 Merlot
By request Winemaker’s choice
Sparkling Ice Cuvée Rosé
Extended summer hours
Tour hours
911 Lakeshore Road Best LCBO brand Daily; hourly, on the
Niagara-on-the-Lake Family Series half-hour
L0S 1J0 Cabernet Merlot
290 John Street East
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Founded by Gary Pillitteri in 1993, and sourcing The newest winery in the Four Mile Creek appellation
grapes from several family vineyards, Pillitteri is is a quaint, family-owned winery operated by Lou
now Canada’s largest estate producer of Icewine, and Adriana Puglisi and backed by three generations
exporting to 28 countries. The winery’s string of of grape growing—Lou’s father and grandfather
Icewine hits from obscure varieties in Canada, such were winemakers in Italy. Not surprisingly, PondView
as Sangiovese and Semillon, have earned the bragging has a Mediterranean ambience, which includes
rights of international awards such as the Civart antipasto and cheese platters at the tasting bar or on
Trophy in Bordeaux, France, and, most recently, the the patio. All wines are made from estate-grown
prestigious Effervescents du Monde competition in grapes, including Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio
Burgundy, France. Pillitteri’s young and innovative and Cabernet. The winery may be new, but the family
Aussie winemaker Marc Bradshaw crafts fresh has been growing grapes here since the 1970s—in fact,
Riesling and Pinot Grigio, as well as deep, age-worthy Lou was named the 2008 Grape King: a Ministry of
Cabernet and Merlot. Don’t miss the barrel cellar, Agriculture award for the finest vineyard operator
which holds the world’s longest concrete table and in Ontario.
showcases suspended, stainless steel chairs.
Winemaker Hours
Winemaker Hours Fred DiProfio Monday–Friday
Dr. Marc Phillip Bradshaw May 15–October 15 Winemaker’s choice 10 am–6 pm
Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–8 pm Barrel-Fermented, Saturday–Sunday
Vidal Icewine October 16–May 14 Barrel-Aged Chardonnay 11 am–5 pm
Best LCBO brand Daily 10 am–6 pm Location Light fare on patio
Gewürztraminer/Riesling Tour hours 925 Line 2 (seasonal)
Fusion Daily 12 pm, 2 pm Niagara-on-the-Lake Tour hours
L0S 1J0 By appointment;
905.468.0777 groups welcome
1696 Niagara Stone Road
L0S 1J0


Niagara’s newest showpiece is an eight-hectare, One of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s founding-family
certified-organic vineyard on the old Lowrey farm, wineries, Reif opened in 1982, after founder Ewald
which lies on an ancient Niagara River bed. Renowned Reif planted its vineyards in 1977; the property was
Niagara winemaker Peter Gamble and newcomer later acquired by nephew Klaus W. Reif. Today, the
Shauna White fashion elegant, layered and complex large 50-hectare site produces a complete range of
premium wines, with a focus on Merlot, Cabernet, varietals, including Vidal Icewine, a perennial medal
Chardonnay and Riesling. The winery is fronted by winner. Premium “first growth” reds from the oldest
an historic early-19th-century house reconstructed vines are turning heads as well. The winery boasts
on the property (an intriguing tale), while Chefs Paul one of the most sophisticated, educational tasting-
Harber and Collin Goodine at the adjacent Deli and room experiences in Niagara, complete with themed
Bakery dish out light meals with a focus on local and flights, blind tastings, food pairings and a new
organic ingredients; the retail store offers wood-fired sensory wine garden. The neighbouring Victorian
stone-oven breads, fine cheese and decadent pastries. mansion is a splendid setting for weddings and other
catered functions.
Winemakers Hours
Shauna White, Daily 11 am–6 pm Winemakers Hours
Peter Gamble Tour hours Roberto DiDomenico, April–October
Winemakers’ choice By appointment Klaus W. Reif Daily 10 am–6 pm
Merlot 2007 Winemakers’ choice November–March
Best LCBO brand Meritage Daily 10 am–5 pm
Chardonnay Best LCBO brand Tour hours
Location Chardonnay May–October
1366 York Road Sauvignon Blanc Daily 11:30 am, 1:30 pm
St. Davids L0S 1P0 Location No reservation required
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Sam and Lina Pillitteri began converting their In 2008, Southbrook moved from a dairy barn and
Niagara River orchard to vineyard in the early ’90s, farm market north of Toronto to its new vineyard and
opening Riverview in 2000. Today, Riverview’s LEED Gold–certified architectural showpiece in
vineyard, winemaking and retailing remains very the heart of Niagara. Regardless of location, owners
much a family effort. The portfolio centres on Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier have always strived for
characterful Gewürztraminer and Angelina’s Reserve complex, age-worthy Chardonnays and Cab–Merlot
Chardonnay among whites, and Bordeaux-style reds, blends, and manage inventories so that many older
like the very good 2007 Cabernet Franc. The 2007 vintages are still available under the Triomphe and
Cabernet Icewine has enjoyed gold-medal accolades Poetica labels. Under the direction of winemaker
at home and abroad. Enjoy the range at the tasting Ann Sperling, Southbrook has become Canada’s first
bar or with a cheese plate on the outdoor patio. Demeter-certified biodynamic winery, supplementing
its organic certification. Watch the flock of sheep
Winemaker Hours graze in the vine rows, try great fruit wines like
Angela Kasimos April–June Framboise, and savour homemade stone-oven pizza
Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm on the winery patio.
2007 Cabernet Franc July–August
Location Daily 10 am–7 pm Winemaker Hours
15376 Niagara Parkway September–October Ann Sperling Monday–Saturday
Niagara-on-the-Lake Daily 10 am–6 pm Winemaker’s choice 10 am–5 pm
L0S 1J0 November–March Poetica Cabernet Merlot Sunday
905.262.0636 Daily 10 am–5 pm 11 am–5 pm
Best LCBO brand
Tour hours Cabernet Merlot Shiraz Open until 6 pm in
May–October Location the summer
Public tours daily 1 pm 581 Niagara Stone Road
L0S 1J0


The Hunse family began farming in the Niagara One of the most dramatic and innovative wineries
Lakeshore more than half a century ago. In 1990, in Niagara, and the first to be LEED certified, Stratus
the family established Stonechurch Vineyards. opened in 2005 with the intent of assembling one
Stonechurch is now producing reds and whites premium blended white and one red from multiple
under veteran winemaker Ray Cornell, whose Syrah varietals grown on the sustainably farmed 22-hectare
and Quintet scored big in the 2009 Ontario Wine property. Bordeaux-trained Niagara veteran J-L Groux
Awards. The setting at Stonechurch is pastoral and makes a range of limited-production, premium
tranquil, an ideal place to slow down and sip soft single-varietal reds (the 2007 Merlot is a standout),
aromatic whites, such as the winery’s Riesling and whites (likewise for the 2007 Chardonnay) and
Sauvignon Blanc. stunning Icewines—most are available only at the
winery. Themed food and wine seminars are often
Winemaker Hours featured in the contemporary tasting rooms and
Ray Cornell May 1–October 15 outdoor terrace.
Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm
Riesling October 16–April 30 Winemaker Hours
Best LCBO brand Daily 10 am–5 pm J–L Groux May–December
Cabernet Sauvignon Tour hours Winemaker’s choice Daily 11 am–5 pm
Location Complimentary, self-guided Stratus Red January–April
1242 Irvine Road vineyard trail tour open Location Wednesday–Sunday
Niagara-on-the-Lake daily; private tastings 2059 Niagara Stone Road 12 pm–5 pm
L0S 1J0 by request Niagara-on-the-Lake Tour hours
905.935.3535 L0S 1J0 By appointment 905.468.1806

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In 1997, Joe Will and Jane Langdon converted a
sprawling fruit cannery into a winery and education Festivals throughout
centre that offers one of Niagara’s most in-depth
visitor experiences, including the Wine Country the year
Cooking School, winemaker dinners at the Terroir
La Cachette restaurant, and daily tastings. From Wine country has festivals for all
10 hectares of Niagara Lakeshore grapes, Joe crafts
structured, age-worthy, Bordeaux-style, Cabernet- seasons. In the west, the Shores
based reds; his whites include Pinot Blanc, Riesling,
Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. Long-lived Vidal
of Erie International Wine Festival
Icewine receives frequent awards. The portfolio features music, food and wine.
includes the more affordable Two Vines brand,
premium varietals, single-vineyard Terroir In Niagara, celebrate with the
selections and Collectors wines, many available
only at the winery. popular Niagara New Vintage
Winemaker Hours
Festival, Niagara Wine Festival
Joe Will Daily 10 am–6 pm
and Niagara Icewine Festival;
Winemaker’s choice Tour hours
Strewn Three Daily 11:30 am special-event “discovery passes”
Best LCBO brand
Rogue’s Lot offer great savings on winery
1339 Lakeshore Road
activities. In the east, Prince
L0S 1J0
Edward County’s Taste! festival
celebrates regional cuisine.

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Born and raised in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Gerald Lionel Rancourt virtually hand-built this small,
Goertz has carried on with tender-fruit farming— innovative family winery—a tranquil oasis of French
peaches, cherries, plums, pears and apples—despite country charm just off busy Highway 55—but, sadly,
the steady influx of vineyards. After a deep freeze he passed away upon its completion. Veteran
wiped out the fruit on his 17-hectare Niagara winemaker Jean-Pierre Colas has come aboard to
Lakeshore farm, he and his wife Vivien opened a direct the production, which focuses on complex,
winery. Since 1993, they have delighted thousands age-worthy, Bordeaux-style Merlot and Cabernet,
of tasting-room visitors with humorous anecdotes and aromatic Riesling and Chardonnay. Blends
and a large range of fruit and berry wines—unfortified, include Noble Blanc and Noble Rouge. The winery’s
unoaked and 100% from the fruit named on the fine upstairs room is a great venue for special tastings
bottle (with no grape wine added). The collection and events; the property also offers an adjoining
includes Chocolate Embrace, iced fruit wines and bed and breakfast.
Ironwood Hard Cider, all available exclusively at the
winery and online. Winemaker Hours
Jean-Pierre Colas May–October
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Winemaker Hours Winemaker’s choice

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Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm Daily 11 am–5 pm
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Location Daily 10 am–5 pm Niagara-on-the-Lake By appointment
1425 Lakeshore Road L0S 1J0
Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.2882
L0S 1J0
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Did you know

York Region’s wines
and beers are 01 MAGNOTTA WINERY 36C DID YOU KNOW?
world-renowned? An architectural triumph, Magnotta’s flagship winery
boasts an opulent retail store and wine boutique, two Cool-climate wines
complimentary tasting bars, an awards room and an
From award-winning fruit wines extensive collection of original art, including works All Ontario growing regions are
and quality lagers, to premium VQA by Canadian Group of Seven artists A.Y. Jackson and
wines, York Region offers flavours A. Lismer, which have inspired the winery’s label considered “cool climate,”
that will excite your palate. designs. In complimentary daily tours, guests walk producing a style of wine that is
through the production and bottling facilities and
then descend into the underground working cellar, gaining international attention.
where vintages age in barrels and the cooper tools
give a glimpse into the ancient art of barrel making. In our climate, grapes need the
One of Canada’s largest producers of award-winning
Icewine, Magnotta is renowned for its Sparkling Ice™ , entire season to ripen fully; the
the world’s first sparkling Icewine.
vine’s roots pull minerals from
Winemaker Hours the soil for a longer time, and
Order your free 2010 Explore York Region Peter Rotar Monday–Friday
Discovery Guide today Winemaker’s choice 9 am–9 pm yield fewer grape bunches. The
2007 Vidal Icewine Saturday
1.888.448.0000 | Niagara Peninsula 8:30 am–6 pm resulting wine tends to have more
Limited Edition VQA
Best LCBO brand
11 am–5 pm complexity, elegance and food-
Vidal Icewine
Limited Edition
Tour hours friendliness—and reflects a more
Daily 2 pm
Location Large groups accurate “sense of place”—than
271 Chrislea Road by reservation
Vaughan L4L 8N6 one grown in a climate with a
1.800.461.9463 hotter, shorter season.
Alberto Milan’s family winemaking roots go back In 2001, Mario and Julie Testa opened a winery on
100 years to Veneto, Italy, an area famous for the the Oak Ridges Moraine in Stouffville, northeast of
Growing world-class wines sparkling white, Prosecco. Prosecco is just one of Toronto. This location surprised many at the time,
many styles and varieties made at this winery in but has since become a popular destination. Hybrid
northwest Toronto, where production focuses on grape varieties like Baco Noir, Maréchal Foch and
Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 600 grape growers. bag-in-box wines, as part of a commitment to offering Seyval Blanc flourish in the four-hectare vineyard;
We invite you to discover Ontario’s vibrant viticulture areas, where world-class wines are born. wine at reasonable prices. The new Prosecco Club they are augmented by vinifera varieties purchased
loyalty rewards program furthers that objective. The in Niagara, creating a full range of whites and reds.
L A K E E R I E N O RT H S H O R E & P E L E E I S L A N D tasting room and retail store, offering a wide range The 2007 reds are notable successes, while Moraine
With 800 acres of vines between the mainland and island, these two areas enjoy the moderating effect of gift items, is the only place to purchase whites, Red and White showcase the local terroir. The winery
of Lake Erie which allows for the longest growing season of Ontario’s wine regions. reds, and sparkling and sweet wines from Milan’s hosts weddings and corporate functions, and the
extensive portfolio. gift shop offers not only wine and food, but also local
artisans’ creations.
N I AG A R A P E N I N S U L A Winemaker Hours
The largest Viticultural area in Ontario boasts 13,600 acres of vines. The moderating effect of Lakes Alberto Milan Monday–Wednesday Winemakers Hours
Ontario and Erie and the protective influence of the Niagara Escarpment make this area suitable for Winemaker’s choice 9 am–6 pm Mario Testa, Monday–Saturday
Vitis vinifera grapes. Prosecco Tranquillo Thursday–Friday Jorge Almeida 11 am–6 pm
Location 9 am–7 pm Winemakers’ choice Sunday
Testa Limited 12 pm–5 pm
P R I N C E E DWA R D C O U N T Y 6811 Steeles Avenue West
Toronto M9V 4R9
9 am–5 pm Reserve Merlot Tour hours
The newest Viticultural area in Ontario thrives with moderating air from Lake Ontario allowing the 416.740.2005 September 1–December 31 Best LCBO brand By request
growth of quality grapes with over 500 acres of vines. 1.800.218.7052 Baco Noir
Sunday 10 am–4 pm Location
Tour hours 5572 Bethesda Road
By appointment Stouffville L4A 7X3
905.688.0990 |

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County & area
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Black Prince opened in 2003, based on a four-hectare
Picton vineyard that grows Chardonnay, Cab Franc Wine country is
and some hybrids. Under Winemaker Terence Van
Rooyen’s guidance, GM and co-founder Geoff Webb closer than you think
purchases other County fruit for a range that expands
to Pinot Noir, Riesling and Melon de Bourgogne. In By car, Lake Erie North Shore
2009, Webb launched Chardonnay Terroir—the first
County wine aged in County-grown and coopered (and the Pelee Island ferry) is only
oak barrels, and a follow-up to a gold medal for the
2007 Chardonnay Reserve. Look for Cab Franc
four hours from Toronto and
Terroir to be released in 2010. Black Prince has also 30 minutes from Detroit. Niagara
helped others by making wines for start-up labels.
is only 60 to 90 minutes from
Winemakers Hours
Terence Van Rooyen, June–December Toronto and 30 minutes from
Geoff Webb Daily 11 am–6 pm
Winemakers’ choice Hours reduced in the
Buffalo. Prince Edward County
Black Prince Chardonnay off-season
is only 2.5 hours from Toronto,
Best LCBO brand Tour hours
Black Prince By appointment three hours from Ottawa and
Cabernet Franc
Location four hours from Montreal.
13370 Loyalist Parkway
Highway 33, Picton Toronto and Buffalo airports
K0K 2T0

  613.476.4888 also host daily flights from
 many US cities.

# $        !    ! 
Formerly known as Carmela, this small, picturesque
Viticulturalist and winemaker Deborah Paskus
  !     " 
property was the first winery on Greer Road (near
Hillier), now one of the County’s main wine streets.
was among the first to plant in the County’s tough
limestone soils, founding Closson Chase in a big
The 33-acre vineyard was planted through the purple barn in 2000. But it would take almost a
        early part of the last decade to grow Pinot Gris, decade to boost her organically farmed acreage to
      Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. 13 hectares and open a small, modern winery nearby,
New winemaker Paul Battilana took the helm, supplementing production with labels from prime

finishing the 2008s and making the 2009s, which Niagara sites. Paskus is essentially a Chardonnay
included the addition of sparkling wine to the lineup. specialist, making bold, layered, rich Chardonnays;
The Cucina Italiana is open for casual lunches and long-aged in barrels, they aim at Burgundy’s top
dinners during the summer, doubling as a wedding whites. Low-yield, and equally complex, Pinot Noir
&'# ( and event space. The wine shop often features is the red partner, with small amounts of rosé and

local artwork. unoaked (sans chêne) Chardonnay. The barn is now
the tasting room, with local-art space adjoining an
Winemaker Hours engaging organic garden.
Paul Battilana Daily 11 am–6 pm
Winemaker’s choice Tour hours Winemaker Hours
CD Bianco Daily 2 pm Deborah Paskus April 15–November 30

 Location Winemaker’s choice
11 am–5 pm
 1186 Greer Road Chardonnay
Wellington K0K 3L0 Location Friday–Sunday
613.399.3939 629 Closson Road 10 am–6 pm Hillier K0K 2J0 December 1–April 14 613.399.1418 Weekdays by appointment Saturday & Sunday 11 am–5 pm


Tour hours
By appointment

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VINEYARDS & ESTATE WINERY 5G Off the beaten path—and halfway to the sky, it seems— Last year, Rosehall Run 2007 Pinot Noir Rosehall
The County’s largest vineyard and winery is also one Soil composition sits a small, tasteful winery boasting a great view Vineyard became the first-ever Prince Edward
of the most popular for visitors and photographers: over its vineyard and pond to the Northumberland County wine to take a Canadian Wine Awards Gold
In an idyllic pastoral setting, a grand Loyalist barn For fine wine grapes, rich, Hills beyond. Owner Ian Fraser decided to plant Medal for Pinot Noir, the County’s signature grape.
houses the tasting room and barrel cellar. Robert vines on his getaway property, against all opinion It’s been a rapid ascent for Dan Sullivan, who began
Granger and daughter Caroline began planting grapes fertile soil is not the first choice. that winters would be too cold. He started with planting the 10-hectare site in 2001: Increasing
in 2001, increasing production to 20 hectares by 2009. Instead, winemakers look winter-hardy hybrids, later adding Pinot Noir, Pinot production required a new winery facility, and a
Taut, mineral-driven Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay, Meunier and Chardonnay. The jewel is a fine, small large barrel cellar was added in 2008. Elegant,
Cab Franc and Pinot Gris anchor the Trumpour’s Mill for less-fertile soils with a tasting bar and restaurant, which serves very local approachable Pinot Noir and Chardonnay remain
line, with the first, layered Grange of Prince Edward Northumberland cuisine. But you can also take a the prime focus (Rosehall makes a special Pinot Noir
premium wines released in 2007. In 2009 came their mix of minerals—from glacial, picnic lunch down to the banks of the pond. Don’t and Chardonnay for renowned chef Jamie Kennedy).
first—and exciting—sparkling, Brut. Light meals, art forget your camera. Cabernet Franc has also been a success, along with
shows and picnics by the millpond are all part of the sedimentary and fossilized blended Sullyzwicker Red, White and Rosé.
engaging ambience.
deposits. The right soil will Winemaker’s choice
Oak Height
May 15–October 31 Winemaker Hours
Jeff Innes
limit the grape production Signature Blends Wednesday–Sunday
11 am–5 pm
Dan Sullivan May–October
Daily 11 am–6 pm
Location Winemaker’s choice
Winemaker’s choice Daily 11 am–5 pm of the vines (yielding more- 337 Covert Hill Road, RR 1 For special events, 2007 Pinot Noir Rosehall November–April
2007 Trumpour’s Mill Estate November–April Warkworth K0K 3K0 visit website Vineyard By appointment
Bottled Pinot Noir Daily 12 pm–4 pm concentrated flavours) and 705.924.9625 Tour hours Best LCBO brand Tour hours
1.866.625.6051 Individual and group Chardonnay Sur Lie Complimentary guided
990 Closson Road
Tour hours
May–October lend the grapes a range of tours by reservation
Location tours
Hillier K0K 2J0
Daily 3 pm
unique flavour characteristics 1243 Greer Road
Wellington K0K 3L0
By appointment from the minerals themselves. 613.399.1183
Hourly More experiential private Group tours available by reservation
and group tours
available by reservation

In 2004, County-born Lanny Huff opened his modest, AND VINEYARD 5G Named for the County’s landmark sand dunes, Ed Neuser and Rita Kaimins are the pioneers of the
modern winery at a crossroads in the centre of the Former Toronto sommelier and globe-trotting Pinot Sandbanks Estate Winery is located on the historic Prince Edward County wine industry, planting a
County; he installed a young French winemaker Noir winemaker Norman Hardie landed in the Loyalist Parkway. This 2.5-hectare vineyard and vineyard in the 1990s on orchard land beside Lake
named Frédéric Picard, who began crafting refined, County in 2004, opening a small, functional winery winery overlooks the picturesque shores of Lake Ontario. They then opened the County’s first winery
elegant Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and and barrel cellar that is actually embedded in the Ontario. In 2000, owner and winemaker Catherine in 2001. Later came a gazebo-styled restaurant,
Merlot-based reds from vineyards in South Bay, limestone bedrock. His six-hectare vineyard is all Langlois planted Riesling, Cabernet Franc and the popular for summer dining, weddings and special
nearer Lake Ontario. Accolades came quickly, as did about low-yield Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with French hybrids Maréchal Foch and Vidal. The largest events. The whites, reds and sweet wines are based
expansion. The fine Inn at Huff Estate opened in some surprisingly good Pinot Gris and Melon de planting is her now-signature Baco Noir. While her on hybrids and vinifera. Baco Noir consistently
2006, followed by the popular Oeno (art) Gallery in Bourgogne as well. He also makes Niagara editions: award-winning Riesling and Cabernet Franc show wins awards, and the fragrant white Geisenheim
2009. The patio is a great place for light meals and In 2007, he combined Niagara and County grapes in charm and class, it’s her Baco and Foch Reserve that is always popular. Vidal Icewine and Maple Ice
occasional concerts. In 2008, Huff launched the a Pinot called Cuvee L. Hardie is a hyper-attentive, have earned a loyal following. Sandbanks celebrates provide a sweet ending.
County’s first traditional-method sparkling wine, yet naturalist, winemaker, striving for taut, complex, its 10th anniversary with a new wine boutique,
a style with a great future in the County. mineral-driven (often idiosyncratic) wines. He and contemporary art gallery and tasting room, along Winemaker Hours
his winery staff love to explain it in great detail—so with a season packed with lively events. Amy Mumby May 15–October 15
Winemaker Hours this visit is for wine lovers. Winemaker’s choice Daily 10:30 am–6 pm
Frédéric Picard Daily 10 am–6 pm Winemaker Hours Riesling 2008 Winter
Winemaker’s choice Summer Winemaker Hours Catherine Langlois May–December Location Visit website or call
South Bay Chardonnay Friday and Saturday Norman Hardie May 15–December 24 Winemaker’s choice Daily 10 am–6 pm 3016 County Road 8 for information
until 8 pm Winemaker’s choice Daily 11 am–6 pm Cabernet Franc February–April Picton K0K 2T0 Restaurant open from
2274 County Road 1 Tour hours County Pinot Noir Winter Best LCBO brand Saturday–Sunday 613.476.8338 mid-May to mid-October
Bloomfield K0K 1G0 By appointment or Visit website or call Baco Noir 10:30 am–5 pm Reservations highly
Best LCBO brand
613.393.5802 by chance for information Tour hours recommended
County Pinot Noir Location Tour hours Self-guided or Tour hours
Location 17598 Loyalist Parkway By request; groups of 10 by appointment By appointment
1152 Greer Road Wellington K0K 3L0
Wellington K0K 3L0 or more by appointment 613.399.1839

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Where to stay,
dine & play
Lake Erie Bonnybank Bed and Breakfast and
Wine and Nature Tours
Inn on the Twenty
1.800.701.8074 or 905.562.5336
North Shore & 1.888.889.8296 or 905.562.3746
RR 1, Jordan L0R 2E0
3845 Main Street
Jordan L0R 1S0
Pelee Island
Tours Stone Tudor country home (1919) Retreat in winery village. Fireplaces,
on Twenty Mile Creek. Carolinian Jacuzzis, art and antiques. Private
Latitude 42 trees, birds, organic gardens. Winter gardens. Full spa services. Full dining
Wine-Tours-Culinary wonderland. Niagara nature tours: in celebrated restaurant. Winery
1.888.981.8281 or 519.981.8281 wine, culinary, garden, history and on site.
Latitude 42 North nature adventures with local experts,
Wine Country Jordan House
as seen on Canadian Geographic 905.562.9591
and Discovery Channel. 3751 Main Street
Savour the experience of Lake Erie Bullfrog Pond Bed and Breakfast Jordan L0R 1S0
North Shore! Unique wine and 905.562.1232
culinary experiences. Custom group 3801 Cherry Avenue
events. Van and cycling tours, dining, Vineland L0R 2C0 An affordable and modern choice in
accommodations. Jordan. Fourteen rooms have queen beds, flat-screen TVs. Relaxed grill
Pelee Island Wine Pavilion An acre of quiet luxury in wine and pub.
1.800.597.3533 or 519.724.2469 country. Within walking distance of
20 East West Road Merlot House Bed & Breakfast
many wineries, including Vineland
Pelee Island N0R 1M0 1.866.828.0137 or 905.468.7509
Estates Winery. 619 King Street Choice Hotels Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0
At our wine pavilion, enjoy a barbecue 1.800.4CHOICE
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are the cook. Ask for the Ontario winery guide Gracious hospitality, refined cuisine.
rate (LONT10) and save 10% on Luxurious suites, each with private
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519.730.1001 Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed &
PO Box 211 by Hilton—Niagara Falls Breakfast Association
Amherstburg N9V 2Z4 905.358.3817 1.866.855.0123 6039 Fallsview Boulevard PO Box 1228 Niagara Falls L2G 3V6 Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0
Toast to the tastes! Fine wine, cuisine,
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Ontario’s Finest Inns & Spas
Niagara EastDell Estates Winery 1.800.340.4667 or 519.887.8383
accommodations 4041 Locust Lane
Atherton House Bed and Breakfast Beamsville L0R 1B2 Enjoy distinct character and quality
1.877.562.8902 or 905.562.8902 in accommodations, spa and
4265 Twenty-First Street culinary experiences.
Vineland L0R 2E0 Perched on the water’s edge, Vinifera, The Inn on Winery Row
this tranquil, loft-style retreat 905.309.8873
features a gas fireplace, compact
245 Main Street East
Orchard setting. Affordable rates. kitchenette and Jacuzzi tub.
Grimsby L3M 1P5
Family-friendly. Great breakfasts. Reserve May–October.
Knowledgeable and helpful hosts. The Inn at Lock Seven
Black Walnut Manor 1.877.465.6257 or 905.227.6177 An 1846 historical inn on the Niagara
1.800.859.4786 or 905.562.8675 24 Chapel Street South Wine Route. Weddings, four ensuite
4255 Victoria Avenue Thorold L2V 2C6 rooms, pool. Step back in time for a
Vineland L0R 2E0 relaxing, memorable stay. Located in the heart of Niagara’s wine
A chic wine-country B&B with a region. All guest rooms overlook the
lovely pool, gourmet food, private Welland Canal lift locks.
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Vintage Hotels (Prince of Wales, Inn on the Twenty Restaurant Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Twenty Valley Tourism Association Lake Land Meats
Queen’s Landing, Pillar and Post) and Wine Bar 61 Lakeport Road 905.688.0212 905.562.3636 1.800.665.3547 or 905.688.4570
1.888.669.5566 or 905.468.2195 905.562.7313 St. Catharines L2N 4P6 8 Church Street, Suite 100 3720 19th Street, Unit 1 1226 St. Paul Street West
48 John Street 3836 Main Street 905.934.9797 St. Catharines L2R 3B3 Jordan L0R 1S0 St. Catharines L2R 6P7
Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 Jordan L0R 1S0 “Any serious exploration of Niagara Visit Niagara during our three seasonal Explore over 30 wineries, restaurants, Local, naturally grown game
Three Four Diamond hotels featuring Savour wine-country cuisine. VQA cuisine starts here.” –James Chatto, festivals: the Niagara Icewine Festival cozy B&Bs & shops that embody our meats, traditional meats, eggs,
award-winning cuisine, wine lists and Niagara wines and full bar. Casual Toronto Life in January, the Niagara New Vintage friendly sophistication. Voted a top-10 CSA, seasonal produce. Summer
vinotherapy spa treatments. elegance imbues restaurant. Three Festival in June and the Niagara Wine destination by enRoute magazine. weekend barbecues.
The VIEW Restaurant at
private rooms. Sunny outdoor terrace. Festival in September. See our website
WeatherPine Inn EastDell Estates Winery Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake LCBO
for complete details.
1.877.342.4374 or 905.468.5154 Niagara Culinary Institute Dining 905.563.9463 1.800.ONT.LCBO (1.800.668.5226)
493 Regent Street Room, Niagara College 4041 Locust Lane Niagara Helicopters Limited Nestled below the Niagara 55 Lake Shore Boulevard East
Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 905.641.2252 Beamsville L0R 2C0 1.800.281.8034 or 905.357.5672 Escarpment, between the shores of Toronto M5E 1A4 ext. 4619 3731 Victoria Avenue Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, 135 Taylor Road Niagara Falls L2E 6V5 you will find the 22 distinctive
Romantic country inn. Five rooms, Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 Casual wine-country dining with wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The LCBO is a proud supporter of
each with private entrance, bath, stunning views. Lunch, dinner and Travel this picturesque area to tour Ontario wines, and we remind our
phone, fridge, TV, central air, full Open year-round. Also home of the Sunday brunch. Summer patio Breathtaking aerial views of Niagara our winery boutiques, taste award- customers to please drink responsibly.
breakfast. Wine Visitor + Education Centre and dining. Groups welcome. Reduced Falls and the surrounding region. winning wines and savour Niagara
Ontario Wine Society
Niagara College Teaching Winery. winter hours. wine-country dining. Touring festivals,
White Oaks Resort & Spa Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake 416.921.9798
concerts and other special events
1.800.263.5766 or 905.688.2550 Ravine Vineyard Deli & Bakery Willow Cakes and Pastries 905.468.1950
are hosted throughout the year.
253 Taylor Road 905.262.8463 905.468.2745 26 Queen Street (lower level)
Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 1366 York Road 242 Mary Street, PO Box 940 Court House Building Interesting, diverse and fun events, St. Davids L0S 1P0 Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 Niagara shopping and tastings, dinners and trips featuring culinary adventures Ontario wines as well as those from
Four Diamond, Five Star resort with around the world. The only wine
The Good Earth Food and
world-class spa. Amazing, award- Casual café overlooking the vineyard. European-style bakery café offering Official source of information. Wine Co. club devoted to the pleasures of
winning LIV Restaurant. Features wood-oven breads, fine bread, decadent desserts, and fine Accommodations-booking service, 1.800.308.5124 or 905.563.7856 Ontario wines and the wineries that
cheeses and gourmet lunches. coffee and tea, as well as light lunch. tickets to all events, maps and guides. 4556 Lincoln Avenue produce them.
Niagara dining The Restaurant @ Vineland Windows on Rockway Restaurant Twenty Valley Niagara Beamsville L0R 1B3
About Thyme Bistro Estates Winery 905.641.1300 Wine Country Run
905.562.3457 1.888.846.3526 ext. 33 or 3290 Ninth Street Louth 905.949.1910 ext. 301
3457 King Street 905.562.7088 ext. 33 St. Catharines L2R 6P7 Discover wine country like never Cooking classes, private events,
Vineland L0R 2C0 3620 Moyer Road before! June 12, 2010, join us for picnics, patio, weddings and Vineland L0R 2C0 Canada’s premier wine run! For much more! A casual fine-dining restaurant, open details, visit seven days a week for breakfast, or
Village bistro offers affordable fine
dining. Patio. Great local wine, people AAA Four Diamond gourmet cuisine, lunch and dinner. While you dine,
and cuisine. BYOW licence. monthly dining events, premium wines, enjoy panoramic views of our golf
exemplary service, picturesque view. course and surrounding vineyards.
Casa Mia Ristorante Groups welcome. Private banquet
905.356.5410 Spice of Life Restaurant and Wine
3518 Portage Road Bar/Catering Services
Niagara Falls L2J 2K4 905.937.9027
12 Lock Street Niagara tourism
Ontario restaurants Old Port Dalhousie Bike Train
St. Catharines L2N 5B5 1.866.333.4491 or 416.338.5083
Chefs Luciana and Claudio welcome

go local
guests to enjoy authentic Italian
dishes at sleek urban trattoria in
Niagara Falls wine region. Private We serve flavours—not fire! Lunch, Take the Train—Bring Your Bike! Bike
rooms, underground wine cellar, dinner, English tea. Menu for Train offers cycling holidays by train
live entertainment, complimentary everyone: vegetarian, gluten-free, from Toronto to Windsor/Essex
vegan. Wheelchair accessible.
shuttle to and from hotels and
wedding chapels. Accepting tours and buses.
County, Niagara and North Bay. Get
active, travel local and cycle Ontario
Congratulations to our VQA Restaurant
The Dining Room at Ridgepoint Stone Road Grille this summer. Award of Excellence recipients, who make
905.562.8853 905.468.3474 City of St. Catharines Tourism
3900 Cherry Avenue 238 Mary Street, Garrison Plaza 1.888.558.8820 or 905.688.5601 a point of offering their guests the very
Vineland L0R 2C0 Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 ext. 1731 50 Church Street best VQA Ontario wines. To view the list of St. Catharines L2R 7C2
Enjoy casual dining in our quaint Eclectic fine dining featuring all award-winning restaurants, visit
dining room and seasonal patio. house-made, artisanal creations
Italian-inspired cuisine and from Chef Ryan Crawford. For exciting Niagara Or, better
exceptional wine. 100% VQA Niagara wine list. accommodation packages,
The place where locals dine. visit yet, make a reservation and experience
Henry of Pelham’s Reservations recommended.
Coach House Café
Terroir La Cachette Restaurant &
Gateway Niagara a bottle first-hand — you’re sure to get to
1.877.735.4267 or 905.684.8423 Information Centre
1469 Pelham Road Wine Bar (at Strewn Winery)
1.800.263.2988 or 905.945.5444 know a new favourite.
St. Catharines L2R 6P7 424 South Service Road 1339 Lakeshore Road Grimsby L3M 5A5 Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 Look for VQA Ontario on the bottle.
Casual elegance in a country setting.
Lunch daily and a selection of fine Official source for regional info.
It tells you that the wine is made from
Canadian cheeses. Open five days Provence-inspired regional cuisine
in warm, contemporary winery
Reserve rooms. Buy attraction tickets, 100% Ontario-grown grapes.
a week, Thursday to Monday wine passports, brochures, maps.
(June–October), 11:30 am–5 pm. setting. Lunch and dinner. Terrace. Travel counsellor assistance. Open
Groups welcome. year-round.

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Upper Canada Cheese

Niagara Airbus Inc.
1.800.268.8111 or 905.374.9000 Toronto &
4159 Jordan Road
Jordan Station L0R 1S0
8626 Lundy’s Lane
Niagara Falls L2H 1H4 York Region  
Handcrafting our cheeses using the Daily door-to-door winery tours. York Region Tourism
rich milk of the Guernsey cow, we are Groups, corporate events and 1.888.448.0000 or 1.877.464.9675
proud to revive a cheese-making custom tours. Open 24 hours. 17250 Yonge Street        
tradition that goes back to the early Newmarket L3Y 6Z1
Niagara Wine Tours International
beginnings of our nation.
1.800.680.7006 or 905.468.1300
Wine Country Cooking School 92 Picton Street, PO Box 1205
Seven wineries & two breweries.
(at Strewn Winery) Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0
Tours, events, fruit & VQA wines, ale
and lager. Call for a “Discovery Guide.”
1339 Lakeshore Road, RR 3
Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 Leisurely, guided daily bicycle tours to Niagara wineries. Daily lunch,
Shopping afternoon and dinner luxury-vehicle Rosehill Wine Cellars Inc.
Culinary vacations and cooking tours with expert guides. Unique 1.888.253.6807 or 416.285.6604
classes at Canada’s first winery custom corporate and group cycle 339 Olivewood Road
cooking school. Corporate and coach events. VIA Rail and other Etobicoke M8Z 2Z6
entertainment and team-building transportation from GTA.
Zoom Leisure Bicycle Rentals & Winery Tours Designers and builders of custom
150 Consumers Road, Suite 114 1.866.811.6993 or 905.468.2366 wine cellars and wine racking. Full
Toronto M2J 1P9 431 Mississauga Street, PO Box 8 range of wine-storage equipment, Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 including cabinets, cooling units,
6289 Fallsview Boulevard racks and wine accessories.
As Canada’s largest VQA marketplace
(over 475 wines), we sell expert- Niagara Falls L2G 3V7
selected wine online. WINE of the
Prince Edward
County & area
MONTH CLUB ships different wines
from different wineries, as well as Rentals start at $20, wine tours at $69.
different Canadian artisanal cheeses, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara
each month. Falls locations. Delivery available. Accommodations
Accommodation Association of
Niagara tours Niagara theatre Prince Edward County (AAPEC)
Crush on Niagara Wine Tours Shaw Festival 1.800.640.4717 or 613.476.2421
1.866.408.WINE or 905.562.3373 1.800.511.7429 or 905.468.2172 116 Main Street
PO Box 816 10 Queen’s Parade Picton K0K 2T0
Beamsville L0R 1B0 Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0 For all your accommodation needs:
Daily guided van tours to Niagara’s Great theatre in the heart of Niagara inns, B & Bs, cottages, resorts. Online
wineries. Fresh ideas for corporate wine country. Ten plays in four theatres availability at
and social groups. Wine-tour getaway from April to October. Devonshire, Inn on the Lake
packages at Crush’s own Harvest 1.800.544.9937 or 613.399.1851
Cottage on the Wine Route. Associations 24 Wharf Street, Box 119
Grape and Wine Niagara Tours Wellington K0K 3L0
Grape Growers of Ontario
1.866.562.9449 or 905.562.9449
758 Niagara Stone Road
PO Box 100
Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0
Vineland Station L0R 2E0
On the shore of Lake Ontario.
Beautiful rooms, crashing waves,
fantastic fare. Savour local wines. //* !%1 * 1
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wine tours. Pickup in Niagara Falls, grape growers in Ontario, working 1.866.567.5969 or 613.476.7451
Niagara-on-the-Lake and Vineland. on their behalf to ensure their grape- 343 Main Street
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tours by coach. VIA Rail packages
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wine country offers unique destinations and
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