Recently, we followed through with an event we’ve been talking about doing for over a decade. We went on a Wine Tasting Tour in the beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake area.
It was positively delightful, and I just had to show you some of the pictures I took of the amazing landscapes and stunning architecture of the different wineries we visited.
Our first stop on the tour was Caroline Cellars Winery, which is a small family run business, where they produce some wonderful wines.
Our tour included a gourmet lunch, which we ate on the outdoor patio. It was absolutely spectacular. I highly recommend this winery for tastings and their delicious food. The structure itself was so rustically charming, that I had to take some pics. All the wood makes it reminiscent of a converted barn.
Beautiful gardens span the length of the main building. This tasting was wonderful, since you could choose which four wine flavours and vintages you wanted to sample.
That’s a whole whack of wine. I loved the Farmer’s Blueberry, and we ended up purchasing a white plum wine to take home.
Here are the grapevines at the winery; so sprawling and beautiful.
Our next stop was at a large winery called Diamond Estates Winery.
Check out some of the massive drums of wine. Crazy, huh?
At this winery, we sampled a white chardonnay, red merlot, and both a white and red icewines. I didn’t mind the icewines, however I’ve never been a fan of reds. I did try theirs, and it confirmed my dislikes of reds. Blech…
But, how do you know unless you try, right? 😉
Our third stop was at Konzelmann Estate Winery, and this one was my favourite.
Here is the wine tasting bar, where our host gave us a lesson in holding the glass, swirling, sniffing the wine, cleansing your palette (aka swishing wine around in your mouth), and finally….. tasting the wine.
Their vineyards sit directly on Lake Ontario, and if you look close enough, you can even see Toronto and the CN Tower across the 35 mile lake. This family run winery specializes in peach wine, since the owners purchased the property initially to make wine, however had acres of peach trees to contend with. Due to the season, they couldn’t plant their grapes right away, so they decided to make a peach wine, which was an instant sensation. We even took a bottle home of this cool and refreshing variety.
Our final stop was at the quaint Reif Estate Winery, where their icewine was the best (in my opinion).
This adorable small winery was a perfect place to end the tour.
The grounds and well manicured gardens were meticulously cared for, and I swooned for this awesome pergola covered in creeping vines. So pretty.
The fountain out in the front courtyard area was a perfect focal point feature. Its wine barrel shape was unique and set the stage for a relaxing and calming atmosphere.
The icewine at Reif WInery was excellent, and we may have just purchased one of two of them. Lol.
Well, that’s it for my little tour of our Wine Tour. It was great fun for any wine lover, or those just curious about different types and varieties.
See you next week everyone. Have a great weekend 🙂
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