Explore wine country: top 10 winery tours in Ontario

October 2, 2017

by Jennifer D’Agostino

Wine tours are a great for a weekend getaway or day trip, and lucky for Ontarians, we have one of the best climates for producing wine! Learn about local vintages, sample award-winning wines and gain knowledge about the winemaking process along the way. You can even enjoy artisanal food and cheese pairings with some tours!  Here are the best winery tours in Ontario.  [Photo credit: iStock]

Explore wine country: top 10 winery tours in Ontario

Inniskillin Wines
Inniskillin opens its vineyards to the public all year round! Open for more than 35 years, Inniskillin has a rich history in the Niagara region. Tour the vineyards, sample the wines and buy a bottle (or two) to take home with you! Inniskillin also has an ice wine tasting bar and private tours are available by request.

  • Tours: Summer: June 1 to September 30, Winter Tours: October 1 to May 31, Public Ice Wine Tour: Saturday to Sunday at 1 pm
  • Price: $10, Public Ice Wine Tour: $15
  • Reserve: Call to reserve
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Vineland Estates Winery
Vineland Estates Winery offers a traditional tour and tasting to the public. Learn about the history of the Vineland Estates, and get a comprehensive overview of the wine making process. The tour includes a walk-through of the winemaking facility and underground barrel cellar. There’s also a girls weekend option and private tastings.

  • Tours: May to October: Monday to Sunday at 12 pm, November to April: Saturday to Sunday at 12 pm
  • Price: $12
  • Reserve: No reservations required
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Peller Estates
Peller Estates offers a variety of different tours for every occasion. The tours are packed with information, samples and fun times for everyone involved! The tour options are always changing, but have included chocolate and wine pairings, a “Best Of” tour, a girls weekend, which includes a tour of the vineyard, tastings and a night by the falls! The tours are updated regularly, so make sure to check the website before booking!

13th Street Winery
13th Street Winery is so much more than a vineyard. Offering tastings, pairings and tours, it makes all the food and baked goods on site! The tour is 45 minutes in length, guided by on site wine experts. Each tour includes a tasting of four 13th Street Winery’s wines.

  • Tours: May to October: Friday to Saturday at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
  • Price: $10
  • Reservations: Must call for reservations
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Kew Vineyards
Open since 1975, Kew Vineyards is situated on gently sloping land, which when combined with the ideal growing temperatures, make for some of the best wine in the Niagara region. Tours take place all year-round, and reservations are recommended for groups of six or more. The vineyard welcomes walk-in tours and samplings for groups of five or less. Kew Vineyards is in Beamsville.

  • Tours: Summer to late fall: Monday to Sunday at 11 am to 5 pm, Winter to early spring: Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday at 11 am to 5 pm
  • Price: Prices vary by tour
  • Reservations
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Southbrook Vineyards
Southbrook Vineyards, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, is home to handcrafted wines which are made in biodynamic vineyards. It offers two tours, one titled “Earthly Infused Food Pairings,” where there are four tastings paired with a four-course meal that includes its environmentally friendly wines. The second is the Southbrook Wine and Ontario Artisan Cheese Pairing where you’ll try the classic pairing in the picturesque Oak Room. You can also book private tasting experiences. All tours must be booked in advanced.

Megalomaniac Winery
Located in the heart of the Niagara region, Megalomaniac Winery offers tours and tastings to those who reserve in advance! The tours include a walk-through of the vineyard, which overlooks the Niagara Escarpment, and some samplings of the superb wines. There is also a tasting bar that is open daily from 11 am to 5:45 pm.

  • Tours: Monday to Sunday at 11 am to  6 pm
  • Price: Tours: $5, Tour and Tasting: $10
  • Reservations: Must call ahead for reservations
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Fielding Estate Winery
This vineyard, located in Beamsville, offers daily tours of its massive grounds. Tour the Beamsville Bench vineyard and learn Fielding Estate Winery’s process of grape growing, winemaking and its rich history. There tasting experiences available that include classic wine and cheese pairings, and a seated tasting.

  • Tours: Monday to Sunday at 12 pm and 2 pm
  • Price: $5 to $25
  • Reservations: Call 48 hours in advance to reserve
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Trius Winery
There are loads of tours to choose from at Trius Winery. The tours are unique, offering different types of tours from week to week. Choose from a couple’s retreat, a girl’s wine weekend, a walking red wine tour and a sparkling wine tour. Attached to the vineyard is a gourmet restaurant where the entire menu is expertly paired with Trius wines.

Jackson–Triggs Winery
Popular winery Jackson–Triggs opens its vineyard all year-round to visitors looking for an inside look at the winemaking process. Open daily, there is a tasting bar where you can learn about the different taste profiles of the wines.

  • Tours: May to September: Monday to Sunday every half hour between 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, October to April: Monday to Sunday at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
  • Price: $10
  • Reservations: Reservations are not required, but recommended
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