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DYK: The world’s prime wine producing regions are located between the 30th and 50th parallels of latitude in both hemispheres. Our wine regions are smack within the 41st and 44th degrees north, the geographic centre of wine excellence. Tour our gorgeous wineries, meet passionate winemakers, and taste our award-winning vintages. There are over 170 vineyards producing a wide variety of red, white, rosé and sparkling wine, plus specialities like Icewine, Mead, maple, fruit wines and even lavender infused dessert wine.
Nestled in the postcard-like picturesque countryside alongside Lake Ontario and protected by the ridges on the Niagara Escarpment are the wineries of the Niagara Peninsula, the Twenty Valley and Niagara-on-the-Lake. This is Ontario’s most concentrated wine region and home to Canada's only teaching winery, Niagara College Teaching Winery and Culinary Institute.
Enjoy mouth-watering wines all year round, from popular varietals such as Chardonnays, Rieslings and Pinot Noirs, and popular late-harvest batches and Icewine available in the winter. Visit stately wineries steeped in local history at multi-generation, family-run operations like Peller Estates in Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Davids’ Ravine Vineyard Estates and Five Rows, Chateau des Charmes, Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery and Flat Rock Cellars. Tour and taste at progressive properties like Pearl Morissette in Jordan, Fielding Estates Winery in Lincoln, Beamsville's Hidden Bench and The Organized Crime Winery. Pick up award-winning Icewine from Peller, Inniskillin or Reif Estate Winery.
Just west of Kingston, Prince Edward County is one of Ontario's fastest growing winery destinations, producing trend-setting sparkling wine and rosés.
Sip and savour The County along the Taste Trail, stopping in at Black Prince Winery outside of Picton, Huff Estates Winery in Bloomfield, Hinterland, Grange of Prince Edward, Closson Chase, Karlo Estates or Three Dog Winery in and around Wellington, Demorestville and Hillier. Milford is worth the visit for Long Dog or Half Moon Wineries, followed by a visit to Waupoos Estates Winery.
The oldest commercial grape-growing area in Canada and Ontario's most southerly point, the Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island region shares the same latitude as northern California and Bordeaux, France.
Visit Pelee Island or Kingsville to taste Pelee Island wine. Or simply take the trolley tour to all EPIC wineries in the region, including Colio Estate Winery in Harrow, North 42 Degrees and Viewpointe Winery in Colchester.
The landscape of wine making in Ontario is changing with new vineyards emerging across southern Ontario, discover new favourites from Georgian Bay to the Ottawa Valley with innovators producing unique wines using flavours such as blueberry and cranberry.
Don't miss Bonnieheath Estate Winery in Waterford or Burning Kiln in Turkey Point, thanks to Ontario's rich Norfolk County soil. Meanwhile a newcomer to Ontario's West Coast, Dark Horse Winery is making a splash in Grand Bend. Adamo Estate Winery in Orangeville is producing amazing new wines that are attracting global attention. Magnotta Winery in Vaughan has become one of Canada’s largest producers of Icewine, specifically the renowned Sparkling Ice. Pick up a bottle of Muskoka Lakes Winery’s cranberry wine at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh in Bala or Canadian maple wine from Archibald’s Estate Winery in Bowmanville.
For three weekends in January the Niagara region is transformed into a wintry wonderland, in celebration of one of Canada’s most cherished products, Ontario Icewine. The 2019 Niagara Icewine Festival offers plenty for every taste – glamour and indulgence at the Niagara Icewine Gala, unique wine and food pairings at over 40 wineries, and vibrant outdoor street festivals.