Good wine enhances good food and there are plenty of wining and dining experiences in Niagara Falls, Canada. However, you can get out into the surrounding countryside and discover the wines of the region on a tour. Niagara-on-the-Lake, just to the north of Niagara Falls is the heart of the region’s wine country and that’s where you will need to head in order to enjoy wine tastings and views of stunning landscapes. Check out our guide to the best wine tours in Niagara Falls.
Niagara-on-the-Lake lies at the mouth of the Niagara River — that choppy flood that provides us all with the amazing falls. Just a few miles downstream of Niagara Falls, the river empties into Lake Ontario. Follow the river north to locate all of the wineries near Niagara Falls.
Originally called Newark, Niagara-on-the-Lake was the first capital of the Province of Ontario, so there is a lot of history to take in at what the locals call “the loveliest town in Canada.” Vintners love this town, too, and Niagara-on-the-Lake has become a hub for the Canadian wine industry. Canada’s Wine Country is just a short drive up Queen Elizabeth Way from the center of Niagara Falls.
Falls With Wine
Although Niagara-on-the-Lake is a lovely place, the town is so close to the breathtaking Niagara Falls that it would be a shame to miss out on all of the attractions that the larger town has to offer. Fortunately, the Marriott on the Falls Hotel offers a Niagara Falls wine tour package, called Taste of Niagara Wine Country, which gives you the best of both worlds.
You get to stay in a Deluxe Room at the Marriott on the Falls Hotel for one night with this deal. While you are at the hotel, you get a complimentary bottle of local red or white wine and a $30 gift voucher for dinner for two at Morton’s Grille Fallsview Restaurant. You need that pampering because the main event of this package is a visit to Wine Country, with stops at the Jackson Triggs and Inniskillin wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Getting a Niagara Falls wine tour bundled in with your accommodation takes a lot of the planning hassle out of touring the wineries. Relax, and let others do all of the work for you on this luxurious package. Keep your eye out for other Marriott Falls Wine Tour Packages that arise with the seasons.
Self-Guided Wine Tour
If you’re full of energy and prefer to organize your own tour of the wineries, then you can check out the local wine maps, hire a car and head north the few miles to the Niagara-on-the-Lake wine route. A Niagara Falls Wineries Map can be picked up from local tourist information locations, or downloaded from the web.
Visiting the wineries lets you see the actual vineyards where the grapes for wines are grown. Many wineries welcome in visitors as a handy way of making extra money and all of the locations on your wine map are open to the public. Be aware, though, that you don’t get to tour the facilities and sample the wines for free. There is a charge at each location. However, you can get great deals on the wineries special offerings if you buy bottles on the premises. Remember that wine is alcoholic, so take a wine phobic friend with you to be the driver.
There are almost a hundred wineries in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area and you would have to return on vacation year after year to visit them all. So, narrow your tour down to a few of the best. Here are our recommendations of the names to look out for:
• Between the Lines Winery
• Chateau des Charmes
• Inniskillin Wines at the Brae Burn Estate
• Jackson-Triggs Winery
• Palatine Hills Estate Winery
• Peller Estates Winery
• Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
• Reif Estate Winery
• Sothbrook Vineyards
• Sunnybook Winery
Educate your palate with some unique wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake and combine your wine exploration with a visit to the amazing Niagara Falls for an unforgettable wine getaway.