Canada’s largest wine region is a geographic and culinary bulls-eye for wine lovers, with over 70 wineries operating in all shapes and sizes. Tour them by car, bus, bike or even a Segway, although you might want to let someone else do the driving. Where there are vineyards, there is culture and beauty. Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street is in full bloom each summer, welcoming visitors drawn to its historical buildings, boutique hotels, great restaurants and gorgeous countryside.
Length of Trip : Anywhere from an afternoon to a weekend getaway
Cost : Depends on your level of luxury. Winery tasting fees are nominal.
Best time to go : May until mid-September. The Niagara Wine Festival takes place mid to end of September.
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes, although they’ll enjoy the food more than the wine.
Where to eat : Good food, wine, times and people at Good Earth. Check out their website for cooking classes and special events: www.goodearthfoodandwine.com For a real treat, visit the Restaurant at Peller Estates
Official Site : Wineries Peller Estates Henry of Pelham The Ice House Stratus Inniskillin Niagara-on-the-Lake To plan your trip to Niagara and other wine regions in Ontario, visit Wine Country Ontario
Note from Robin : If you’re plan on sampling a lot of wine, plan on a designated driver. Pace yourself, and drink water! The smaller vineyards often yield the biggest surprises.