As a special treat for Father's day my three girls (one ‘in absentia’) took me on a tour of the Niagara Wines. The weather was beautiful and the company was even better.
Two of my girls, and their significant others arranged for the tour and did all the driving which was great. Not being the ‘designated driver’ increased the enjoyment of the total experience. My third daughter could not make it this year as she is at an opera program in Italy, but contributed to the day. An Italian wine tour would be nice, but that is for another year. Haha!
Instead of our usual procedure of going to' Niagara on the Lake' we decided to get off the QEW just after Grimsby and join the posted Wine Route. As a result, we visited some new wineries, some which are less than 3 years old.
We visited Peninsula Ridge, Vineland, Meglomaniac, Rosewood and a few others. Each of these wineries was a blend of Old World Charm and modern efficiency. I was especially impressed with the quality of their wines and the prices were reasonable. You could get a good wine in the $14 to $20 range.
Most had their own restaurants with excellent cuisine and fantastic scenery to boot. We dined at Peninsula Ridge. The choice was dictated by hunger rather than design, which made the experience even better. The Peninsula Ridge restaurant is a converted farm and/or estate house. As a result, the dining room and terrace is charming and welcoming. The food, wine and service were all hot, flavourful with very professional service. All of which, will make me want to go again.
You really felt away from the ‘rat race’ and this was confirmed as a nearby couple started up a conversation. They were from the area and were also enjoying the experience.
Some wineries had weddings in progress which added to the experience and enjoyment. The weddings were not as large as most places and only catered to a max 50 to 60 guests. The brides looked radiant and the guests were really enjoying the experience. What more do you want?
All the best!