Celebrate the taste of home in Wine Country Ontario – where idyllic vineyards, magnificent views and world class VQA wines await. Whether you are looking for a day trip or a weekend escape, in summer or winter, the breathtaking beauty and warm hospitality of Ontario’s wine country will capture your heart. Here, the VQA wines, the food, the scenery and the personal stories conspire to engage your senses in every way.
Only Ontario VQA wine is certified 100% Ontario grown and crafted. Our unique terroir is best showcased within key varieties that excel in cool climate regions, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir and Cabernet Franc. Regardless of which variety you choose, it’s easy to find something you love – Ontario produces a complete range of premium wines including red, white and rosé table wines, sparkling wine and Icewine.
With over 180 VQA wineries to choose from, the hardest choice is deciding where to go first. Start by exploring our wine regions – Lake Erie North Shore, Prince Edward County, Niagara-on-the-Lake & Area, Niagara Escarpment & Area and Emerging Regions – and plan your escape to Ontario’s wine country using our Trip Planner.
Exploring Ontario’s Wine Country is a recipe for the perfect weekend.
When in the County, you’ve got to visit at least three wineries! Make a quick stop to Rosehall Run for their Pinot Noir, and then onto Closson Chase to grab some Chardonnay. Stop for bubbles (and oysters when they have them!) at Hinterland Winery and finish off with a glass of something at Karlo Estates.
A trip to Beamsville would not be complete without a sip or two of wine and mead at Rosewood Estate Winery & Meadery. Sample estate honey & stroll along the hives. Follow this up with a stop at Hidden Bench for a glass of crisp Chardonnay and a visit to Tawse for a glass of bubbly.
In Essex County, plan to stay a while at Spruce Wood Shores Estate Winery as you follow the path through the vineyard down to the beach. Hungry travellers can grab a picnic basket at the tasting bar, along with a bottle of the Lakeside Sparkling, before heading down to watch the sunset.
Exploring the Region?
Here are a few great places to start.