Ontario’s wine regions offer a breadth of experiences unmatched by any other region in Canada. Whether you’re looking for an active adventure, a cultural excursion or a little relaxation in our rural corners, one of Ontario’s wine regions likely has exactly what you are looking for.
It’s important to note that exploring Ontario’s wine regions during a pandemic looks a little different. Many wineries no longer accept drop-ins for tastings or tours, while others have moved to online sales and digital experiences. Make sure to book ahead and double check hours before arriving. For a more detailed look at what to expect when visiting a winery, visit the Wine Country Ontario website. They also have up to date information on who’s open and offering what right now.
Most Ontario wineries are excited to welcome you all back – and shopping direct has never had more of an impact. With the Great Taste of Ontario, we’ve curated trips and stories to help guide you in your explorations of the province – wherever your palate takes you!
Here’s our favorite passports for wine lovers, right now.
One of Ontario’s oldest wine regions has a lot to offer for new and expert wine lovers alike. Exploring the NIAGARA ON THE LAKE passport means stopping in a power house wineries like Ravine Winery Restaurant, Peller Estates, Reif Estates Winery and Konzelmann Estate Winery. Each offer a unique – book ahead – tasting experience. Those looking to wine and dine can book a table at Ruffino’s or Tiara Restaurant before exploring some of the artisans and shops on the passport.
Ontario’s southern most wine region features heavily in the WINDSOR ESSEX passport. While exploring the area, you’ll check into North 42 Degrees Estate Winery and Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards, two of MANY wineries in the area. The region is dotted with many charming farmstands, shops and cafes waiting to be discovered along it’s winding, lakeside roads. If you love beer as much as wine, the passport also boasts some exceptional breweries!
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY is Ontario’s most Northern official appellation. Its home to 30 wineries, four of which are featured on the Great Taste of Ontario passport for the region. Stop at Rosehall Run, Trail Estate Winery, Waupoos Winery and end your tour of the area at Lighthall Vineyards for a tasting (and some of their excellent cheese!).
You may have heard about HURON COUNTY because of it’s world famous beaches, but did you know the area is also home to Ontario’s youngest wine region? Visit Hessenland Inn & Schatz Winery, Maelstrom Winery, Dark Horse Estate Winery and Cornerfield Wine Co. while exploring your Great Taste of Ontario passport for a peak at what these innovators are up to!