Niagara Wine Country

While I appreciate and drink wines from all over the world, my many visits to wineries in Niagara wine country have opened my eyes to the quality and diversity of wines from this region. From whites to reds to rosés to icewines, the whole spectrum of wine is at your fingertips. I have tasted many varietals of wine, taken many winery tours and attended some events but with so many wineries, I am far from fully exploring this region.

I will continue to share my winery experiences with you and here is a list of the wineries that I have visited to date along with their wines that I have had:

Big Head Wines

Niagara-On-The-Lake

I was impressed to learn that as part of their wine club, they send out wines from other wineries to their members.

Wines:

  • 2015 Riesling
  • 2016 Big Red Select
  • 2016 Chenin Blanc
  • 2016 Pinot Noir
  • 2016 Savagnin

Coyote’s Run Estate Winery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

They have two very distinct soil types – Red Paw and Black Paw vineyards.

Wine:

  • 2016 Positivity paired with Smokin’ Buddha’s sizzling beef slider, garnished with pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, okonomi, mayo and a sprinkle of coriander

Creekside Estate Winery

Jordan

I love their wine tastings paired with a charcuterie and cheese board!

Wines:

  • 2015 Broken Press Syrah Reserve, 2015 Laura’s Red, 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé & 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Backyard Block paired with a charcuterie and cheese board
  • 2015 Cabernet Merlot
  • 2015 Riesling
  • 2015 Vidal Icewine
  • 2016 Riesling
  • 2017 Under Current Viorangier

Cider:

  • Rood Apples

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Winery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

They also have a winery in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia…hoping to visit there one day!

Wines:

  • Reserve Merlot 2014 paired with dark chocolate chili with white chocolate sour cream and green onions
  • 2016 Cabernet Merlot
  • 2016 Cabernet Franc Icewine paired with a S’more created fireside
  • 2016 Pinot Grigio

Konzelmann Estate Winery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

Niagara’s exclusive lakefront winery…the view is amazing!

Wines:

  • Méthode Cuve Close Rosé
  • 2012 Cabernet Merlot Reserve
  • 2013 Pinot Noir Reserve paired with Ghirardelli dark chocolate rye cookies with a dusting of Maldon salt snow
  • 2015 Canada Red (Zweigelt & Cabernet Sauvignon blend)
  • 2015 Gewurztraminer Late Harvest
  • 2015 Shiraz
  • 2015 Vidal Icewine
  • 2016 Lakefront Series Baco Noir paired with a bourbon glazed hickory smoked maple bacon wrapped chicken drumette
  • 2016 Lakefront Series Shiraz paired with a philly cheesesteak wonton (seasoned and shaved steak, sautéed peppers and onions topped with mozzarella and smoked gouda in a crisp wonton wrapper)
  • 2016 Peachwine
  • 2016 Pinot Grigio
  • 2016 Riesling Old Vines Reserve
  • 2016 Vidal Icewine
  • 2017 Cabernet Rosé
  • 2017 Pinot Grigio

Marynissen Estates Winery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

Home to the oldest commercial planting of Cabernet Sauvignon in Canada.

Wine:

  • 2014 Gold Series Chardonnay paired with a lobster bisque and grilled garlic toast
  • 2015 Bottoms Up Red

Nomad at Hinterbrook Winery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

This is the first winery that I know of which has Cabernet Franc wines available as 4 different varietals – white, rosé, icewine and red.

Wines:

  • 2013 Merlot
  • 2014 Cabernet Franc
  • 2014 Cabernet Franc Icewine
  • 2015 Franc Blanc
  • 2016 Traveller’s Riesling paired with grilled shrimp with pickled garden root vegetables, spicy citrus, lime and sweet basil
  • 2016 Venus Rosé

Organized Crime Winery

Beamsville

I love the name of this winery!

Wines:

  • 2010 Fumé Blanc
  • 2010 The Download (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot & Cabernet Franc blend)
  • 2013 Pinot Noir Reserve

Palatine Hills Estate Winery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

There are War of 1812 militia artifacts on permanent display at the winery.

Wine:

  • 2012 Vidal Icewine paired with S’mores pie (chocolate cream cheese, chocolate graham and toasted marshmallows)

Cider:

  • Overlander

Peller Estates Winery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

In their 10Below Icewine Lounge, you can taste icewines at an ice bar while surrounded by ice walls, furniture and sculptures. I still have not had a chance to visit the lounge but looking forward to it some time soon!

Wines:

  • Ice Cuvée Rosé
  • 2015 Cabernet Franc Icewine
  • 2015 Meritage
  • 2015 Riesling
  • 2016 Baco Noir
  • 2016 Pinot Gris

Pillitteri Estates Winery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

Every member of the Pillitteri family has worked on the farm and at the winery.

Wines:

  • 2012 Exclamation Merlot
  • 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine
  • 2015 Gewurztraminer Riesling

Riverview Cellars Estate Winery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

The winery is located along the scenic Niagara Parkway adjacent to the Niagara River.

Wine:

  • 2016 Bianco Gewurztraminer Riesling paired with Japanese gyoza, fried pork dumplings topped with wasabi mayo and soy

Small Talk Vineyards

Niagara-On-The-Lake

A very colourful winery that is also the home of Shiny Apple Cider who make a great apple cider with Pinot Noir.

Wine:

  • 2016 RSVP Pinot Gris paired with apple, aged cheddar and grilled onion jam puff pastry

Ciders:

  • Shiny Apple Cider
  • Shiny Apple Cider with Pinot Noir
  • Shiny Bootleg Spice Cider

Strewn Winery

Niagara-On-The-Lake

OLiV is their on-site restaurant and I had some great drinks and dinner there to conclude one of my Niagara wine tour days.

Wine:

  • 2015 Gewurztraminer paired with a sizzling sampler trio: tandoori chicken, grilled pineapple and vegetable samosa

The Foreign Affair Winery

Vineland Station

I particularly enjoy their Cabernet Franc wines and my all-time favourite is their Sorry Apologetic Red 2013.

Wines:

  • 2012 Pinot Noir
  • Sorry Apologetic Red 2013
  • Dream 2013 (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot blend)
  • Amarosé 2014 (Pinot Noir, Riesling & Chardonnay blend)
  • Enchanted 2015 (Riesling & Chardonnay blend)
  • Sorry Apologetic Red 2015
  • 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay

Wayne Gretzky Estates

Niagara-On-The-Lake

If you are a hockey fan, you will love the Gretzky memorabilia all over the property!
In addition to the winery, they also have a distillery on site which makes whisky.

Wines:

  • Cabernet Franc Icewine
  • Pinot Noir
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz Cabernet
  • 2007 Cabernet Merlot
  • 2016 Pinot Grigio

Whiskys:

  • Ice Cask
  • Red Cask
  • 99 Proof

Which winery in Niagara wine country should I visit next?