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Best Wineries to Visit

In 2019


The Okanagan Valley - photo by J Cook

Welcome to The Best Wineries to Visit in 2019. There are so many outstanding wineries in Canada, from the larger big company wineries to the small one man show. Our selections are listed in no particular order. Your thoughts are welcome!

British Columbia

Time Winery

361 Martin St
Penticton, BC

TIME Winery is owned and operated by Encore Vineyards Ltd. They have opened new facilities in the center of Penticton. The new location is the Pen-Mar Cinema Centre at 361 Martin Street. Landmark Theatres stopped showing movies there in 2012, moving to a larger and more modern theatre nearby.

Hospitality plans include a modest bistro along with a tasting room. The wine shop likely will remain open into the early evening.


Ripples Estate Winery

 3387 Tolmie Rd,
Abbotsford, BC


Unique in many ways. This family run winery is locted in the beautifull farming region just east of Abbotsfords. It also operates a a nursery for water plants, nestled amongst the secret gardens of Woodbridge Ponds.

The winery is a family operated business and with the help and support from friends. Paul and Caroline Mostertman are the owner with help from their daughter.

They specializing in Blueberry Wine but make some very good grape wines too.

RIPPLES


Seaside Pearl Farm Estate Winery

5290 Olund Rd
Abbotsford, BC


Another Fraser Valley Gem! Just the location alone is worth the visit. But upon arrival you say to yourself this is how a winery should look.

One enters the winery through an iron gate then along the driveway next to vineyards and horse pastures, towards the chapel style tasting room. Where friendly warm hospitality awaits you along with good wines.

Your host and co-owner Allison Zimmerman puts together a very nice cheese tray, featuring cheeses from a neighbouring farm to go along with the tastings.

The new barrel room is impressive.

Seaside


Origin Wines

1278 Riddle Road,
Penticton,

A family winery Yes, bring the kids! You can sip on a nice cold glass while the kids get a good ol’ tractor ride. We’ve got a sandbox, popsicles, popcorn, ice cream and games for everyone! There is a cactus garden.

The wine shop is in a tastefully renovated building that formerly was a barn.

The winery is owned by Daiya Anderson (winemaker) and her husband Blake


Corcelettes Estate Winery

2582 Upper Bench Road
Keremeos, British Columbia


Their location on the hillside with a brand new tasting room and amazing wines makes them a must visit winery in the Similkameen Valley.

The hospitality is as good as the wines.

From small beginnings to a major player!


Summerhill Pyramid

4870 Chute Lake Road
Kelowna, British Colum
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Do not miss an opportunity to visit the Pyramid. One of BC's most visited wineries with a super location overlooking the lake.

Featuring a farm fresh organic restaurant.

Numerous events throughout the year!


The View

2287 Ward Rd
Kelowna, BC 

A small east Kelowna winery with a unique winery facility. Its charm makes it worth the visit.

The wines are outstanding as is the hospitality. If your looking for something different that those large mansion style wineries make sure you visit The View


Liquidity Wines

4720 Allendale Rd
Okanagan Falls, BC 

One of Okanagan Falls newest wineries. Beautifully designed facilities proving a wonderful tasting experience. Great views of Vaseux Lake.

Liquidity Bistro, with Executive Chef Simon Bouchard, offers a modern urban take on classic Canadian wine country cuisine, reflecting the terroir of Okanagan Falls

Ian MacDonald is the hands-on manager and creative mind of Liquidity.


Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyard

6621 Harbour Hill Drive
Pender Island, BC 

Located on Pender Island Pender Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands located in the Gulf of Georgia, British Columbia.

The dramatic Winery building designed by Walter Francl is a great venue, as is the adjacent garden patio and spacious lawn, both of which are licensed picnic areas.

The vineyard views are amazing. Numerous events are held at the winery and wines always sell out!


Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd

1881 BC-99
Lillooet, BC 

One of the most beautiful locations possible Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd is located in Lillooet.

Lillooet is located on the Fraser River, 325 km north of Vancouver. The community is one of the oldest in the province, it was a supply point for miners heading to the Caribou gold fields when the gold rush began in 1858.

The winery is open all year and is worth the drive. If you visit from May through October, leave enough time to enjoy a delicious locally-sourced wine-paired meal on their patio overlooking the vineyard.

Award winning wines, amazing facilities!


50th Parallel Estate

17101 Terrace View Rd
Winfield, British Columbia

This unique and amazing winery is located in BC's Lake Country, BC  north of Kelowna. Sahuri Partnership Architects have joined forces with Sheri-Lee and Curtis to embrace what is becoming truly one of the world's iconic wine destinations, 50th Parallel Estate.

The winery is situated in the middle of the 61-acre estate, and is developed specifically for the purposes of gently handling sensitive Pinot Noir and a select few aromatic white wine varieties, utilizing the natural sloping grade of the site to gently process fruit by maximizing the use of gravity rather than mechanical pumping of the sensitive juice and skins.

Do not miss this winery!


Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery

141 Fir Ave.
Kaleden, BC 

The small family winery owned by Gerry and Sue Thygesen has one amazing view. They sit on a hill overlooking Skaha Lake and the vineyards.

It is a fun winery to visit with excellent wines.


Little Engines Wines

851 Naramata Rd
Penticton, BC

Little Engines is a dream come true for owners Steven and Nicole French. The location is perfect the winery design enchanting and romantic.

They feature a newly designed outdoor patio set amongst vines.

Look at the picture it is so inviting!!

The wines are outstanding too!

Little Engines


Mann Farm

790 McKenzie Rd,
Abbotsford, BC

Featuring family fun, farm fresh products and good wines.

They offer and educational students tour.

Mama Maan  Kitchen offers some geat products and treats.

Known for their corn maze and halloween fun!


Krause Berry Farm and Winery

6179 248 St.
Langley, BC

Krause Berry Farm

The family fun berry farm that added a fruit winery. A super fun filled visit for the whole family. From the Future Farmers at Work Play" playground , to the petting zoo to fresh strawberry pie on the porch. Located in Langley BC.

Taste the wines stay for dinner enjoy numerous events. Their is a huge market to explore and of course tractor rides

Trophy, Best Fruit Wine of the Year at Nationals

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Ontario

Rosewood Estate- Beamsville Ontario
Rosewood Estate - Beamsville Ontario

Vieni Winery

4553 Fly Road
Beamsville, Ontario


A pond, a picnic area, a Bocci Ball 175 acres and wine tasting what more could you ask for. Perhaps a walk walk along the Bruce Trail on pre Devonian gigantic dolostones at 190 metres above sea level on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking the Beamsville Bench and Lake Ontario.

There is also a B&B so you can sleep among the vines.

Master winemaker Mauro Salvado brings a touch of Italian winemaking to Ontario


Rosewood Estate

4352 Mountainview Rd
Beamsville, ON

A stunning estate winery in Beamsville.

The Rosewood story begins over 80 years ago when R.W. Roman’s passion for beekeeping and mead began as a teenager in Ukraine. After arriving in Canada, he continued keeping bees alongside his son, Eugene Roman, who quickly fell in love with the craft. Years later, during Eugene & Renata’s honeymoon to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the two fell in love with the region for its natural beauty, people and wines.

Fromy honey to grape wines Rosewood has it all!


Redstone Winery
4245 King St,
Beamsville ON 

Wow what can you say about this remarkable winery. Named 2017 winery of the years. Winner of more rewards they we have space. The 38-acre Lincoln Lakeshore property was purchased in 2009 by Moray Tawse and is home to a newly opened hospitality centre and a locally-inspired restaurant.

Paul Pender is the director of Viticulture and Winemaking. Rene Van Ede is the winemaker

We believe that a biodynamic wine produced from quality fruit sourced from a healthy vineyard contributes to both the health of the land and the pleasure and well being of the individual enjoying a glass.


Adamo Estate Winery

793366 3rd Line EHS
Orangeville, ON

Its worth a visit for the wines, art, food and stunning vineyard. Located between the great lakes Huron and Lake Ontario.

The reviews fort he winery are very impressive "Wine, food, ambience and service were all fantastic!"

Located in the winey is the Paddock Café: an intimate, cozy setting featuring locally sourced and house-made farm-to-table fare


Dark Horse Estate

70665 B Line
Grand Bend, ON

Located in Huron County, Ontario’s newest wine region,the 31,000-sq.-ft. facility will house state-of-the-art winemaking technology, exceptional vineyards, patio, VIP reception area and a full-service meeting/banquet space.

It's incredible designed faculties alone makes it worth the visit but so are the wines.


Lundy Manor Wine Cellars

9941 Lundy's Lane
Niagara Falls, Ontario

New and impressive. It is indeed a manor. Purchased in 2012 with the clear vision of transforming the mansion into the winery it is today. Lundy Manor Wine Cellars is A VQA winery, producing 100% Niagara Wines. The estate is nestled on 60 acres of lush garden land and vineyards, West to Line 70 and East to Beechwood Road. The estate is home to eight acres of premium Riesling and hybrid grapes for the production of VQA wines


Good Earth Food and Wine Co.

556 Lincoln Ave,
Beamsville, ON 

The Good Earth Food and Wine Co. has been a haven for discerning food and wine lovers and an oasis for the senses. Their gardens, orchards and vineyards provide a spectacular backdrop for wine and culinary experiences that reflect all the good things the earth has to offer. 

One of Niagara’s original “farm to table” experiences is the Good Earth Bistro. Cooking classes are available.

A large number of special events are held through out the year.


Westcott Vineyards

3180 Seventeenth St
Jordan Station

Located in Jordon, Ontario a beautifully designed winery. The inside decor is amazing.

Carolyn Hurst and her husband Grant Westcott started the adventure in 2006 acquiring the vineyards as a new chapter in their lives; a simple way to transition from very successful management consulting, senior civil servant and information technology backgrounds into retirement and country living.

 They started construction of the winery building in the fall of 2013, reclaimed a 200-year-old timber-fame from a barn several kilometers away. The frame and stone foundation were carefully dismantled and transported to the building site The winery was built around the original structure.  The tasting room in July 2015 and their daughter Victoria Westcott joined the team to lead the customer experience.


Megalomaniac

3930 Cherry Avenue
Vineland, Ontario


A beautiful winery!  Perched on the highest point of the southern section of the Niagara Escarpment, with incredible panoramic views of Lake Ontario, and the skylines of Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Megalomaniac's facility includes two private event rooms, an expansive tasting room, and outdoor patio space on the first and second floor. We are able to host dinners for up to 96 people, or receptions for up to 120 people

Owned and operated by John Howard, Megalomaniac began as a retirement project to help raise funds for the Kids’ Health Links Foundation.

The magnificence of the barrel room is overwhelming.

The cellars and vineyards of Megalomaniac sit on a 96-acre site in Vineland


Willow Springs Estate Winery

5572 Bethesda Road,
Stouffville, Ontario

Willow Springs Winery, a charming winery, situated atop the geographical treasure known as the Oak Ridges Moraine complete with the renowned 11-acres Testa Vineyard, is a wine and event destination not to be missed.

The winery provides a beautiful backdrop for all family, corporate and group functions. The Testa pavilion, with its breathtaking views of the vineyard, is the perfect setting for all occasions. From simple picnic lunches in the vineyard to lavish weddings in the beautiful pavilion.

Known for its award winning Vidal Icewines


Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

3210 Staff Ave
Jordan Station, ON

Do not miss Sue Ann Staff's winery in Jordon It will remind you of the old farm (charming) style homes.

Since opening in 2009 it has been a whirlwind of ultimate experiences, from Weddings to Corporate Dinners to Food Truck Events and Niagara Icewine Programs, Concerts, Fashion Shows and more.

Seventy per cent of the vines on Staff’s property are dedicated to Riesling; 


Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

1366 York Rd
St. Davids, ON 

It is impossible to leave out Ravine Vineyards located in St Davids. A winery, a restaurant and grocery store.

The farm here has been part of Norma Jean Harber’s family since 1867. Now she and her husband Blair, alongside winemaker Martin Werner, produce premium small-batch organic Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlots. 

The Canning House showcases the Niagara gastronomy and crafts.



Colaneri Estate Winery

348 Concession 6 Road,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Colaneri Estate Winery is family owned and operated, beautifully situated on the St. David`s Bench in Niagara`s wine region. Perhaps the biggest winery in Canada, featuring old world charm. The building is 31,000 square feet featuring a beautiful fountain in the middle

Mike Colaneri had the vision of creating the winery in the shape of a “C”, not only for the family name, but to embrace the captivating view. Designed in a Romanesque style.

The winery features a number of special evens through out the year



Wayne Gretzky Estates

1219 Niagara Stone Rd
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON






It took two years for Andrew Peller Ltd to build their Wayne Gretzky Estate in Niagara-on-the-Lake 

The 23,000-square-foot winery and distillery, which opening this summer, marks the largest single investment in a winery to date by Andrew Peller Ltd. The design is a modern barn-like structure meant to pay homage not just to the hockey barns like the one Gretzky, grew up playing hockey in but it also hankers back to the large red barn on his grandfather Tato’s farm.

Guests entering the winery will find themselves stepping into the Family Room where they can see an enlarged picture of the Gretzky homestead, along with several other snapshots from the family throughout the generations. Like Gretzky’s parents, Walter and Phyllis on their wedding day, childhood snaps of him with his four siblings and shots of the famed hockey player with his wife, Janet, and their five children.

Personal touches are rampant throughout the winery, with visitors walking down “memory lane” as they make their way to the tasting bar. Lining the hallway walls are photos of Gretzky throughout his hockey career, including a shot of his first goal ever on the family’s backyard ice rink. In the tasting room there are framed photos of Gretzky meeting other sports icons and celebrities.

On the way down to the barrel cellar, which can play host to intimate tastings and special events, there are alcoves where certain aspects of Gretzky’s career and accomplishments are highlighted, including his time with Team Canada, the Edmonton Oilers, and major milestones from his time in the NHL.

source www.niagarathisweek.com


North 42 Degrees

130 County Road 50
East Harrow, Ontario


Located in the Carolinian forests near Harrow in Prince Edward County. The farm has a long history dating back to the American Revolution when it was granted to a United Empire Loyalist from Ohio. There are 40 acres to explore.

Social media ranks them high in hospitality and quality wines. njoy Bristo 42  set among and 18 acre vineyard and lavender farm the restaurant boasts spectacular views of the vines and lake.

They host numerous events through out the year

Quebec


J.O. Montpetit et Fils winery - Quebec

Vignoble Sainte-Pétronille

8705 Royal Road,
Sainte-Pétronille, QC

Considered to one of the most beautiful wineries in Quebec. The vineyard is located 15 minutes from Quebec City and  9 km from Montmorency Falls on ILE D'ORLÉANS

This is a story of a family that gave up its business and the hecked city life and decided to move to the country, starting a winery.

The winery is owned by Nathalie Lane and Louis Denault

Features include a restaurant.


Vignoble la Bauge

155, Avenue des Érables
Brigham, QC

Located on the south side of the Appalachian foothills of the eastern Township. Visors of all ages will enjoy seen the boars and other farm animals.

They sell delicious specialty foods derived from their own exotic livestock: boar liver pâté with oyster mushrooms and Calvados, red deer terrine with La Flambée wine and cranberries, and smoked yak sausage.



Vignoble Le Cep d'Argent

1257, Chemin de la Rivière
 Magog Québec

Brotherss  François and Jean-Paul Scieur are the owners of this Eastern Township winery. The 114-acre, 60,000-vine vineyard provides an exceptional view of Lake Magog.

Since the fall of 1993, the Fête des Vendanges du vignoble Le Cep d’Argent has been known as La Fête des Vendanges Magog-Orford.  The Magog-Orford Grape Festival, as it’s called in English, was the first ever step towards celebrating the wine harvest in Quebec and it has now become a not-to-be-missed fixture in the yearly calendar.

Besides the sparkling wines which have made the vineyard a household name, the Cep d’Argent also offers a selection of red, white and rosé wines.


Chemin de la Rivière winery

1087, Chemin de la Rivière
Magog, QC

One of Quebec's Easter townships better wine producers De la Riviere du Chêne is the largest wine estates in Quebec. Recipient of several awards for its well-known quality wines, regional winner of the Grand Prix du Tourisme 2010 and official supplier of the Quebec Pavilion at the Olympic Games in Vancouver. They produce icewine.

Wine tastings are free. Guided tours are fun and informative.



J.O. Montpetit et Fils winery

396 Chemin Saint-Louis,
Saint-Étienne-de-Beauharnois, QC 

Their vineyard and winery is located in the small village of St-Étienne-de-Beauharnois, in Montérégie. It is established on their ancestral lands, along the small river St-Louis.

They have 25000 vines planted on 9 hectares 

Pictures of this charming winery reminds me of the that old saying " a picture is worth a thousand words" The pictures of this winery says Come On BY.


Domaine des Côtes d'Ardoise

879, rue Bruce, (Road 202)
Dunham (QC) J0E 1M0

The oldest operating winery in the province. It began in 1980 In 1980, Christian Barthomeuf travelled to Ontario with Mr. Jacques Breault (who still grows vines in Dunham) to search for cuttings and plants his first vine stock of De Chaunac, Seyval Blanc and Marechal Foch at the vineyard. This makes Domaine Des Cotes d’Ardoise, the oldest commercial still exploited vineyard in Quebec.

Domaine des Cotes d’Ardoise earned the first medal granted to a Quebecois vineyard: the Seyval Carte d’Or 86 won the Gold Medal at Sélections Mondiales 1987 

The wineryhosts an exhibition of sculptures gathered from more than 80 artists.

Numerous events are held through out the year

Gaspereau Vineyards - Gaspereau, NS
Gaspereau Vineyards - Gaspereau, NS

Maritimes


Auk Island

29 Durrell St
Durrell, NL

Located in  historic community of Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador how can you pass on a quaint NFL winery. The winery building was the former academy school of Durrell, Twilling

Besides some very good fruit wines there is an ice cream shop and a restaurant. Theyalso have accomendations.


Planters Ridge

1441 Church St Port Williams,
Nova Scotia B0P 1T0

Housed in a  renovated 155 year-old timber frame barn that combines historical features with some modern flourishe Planters Ridge is one of Nova Scotia's newest wineries.

Their tasting room features ten foot windows allowing for the perfect view of Wellington Dyke farmland that extends to the North Mountain, Cape Blomidon and the Minas Basin at high tide.

The barrel room is also very impressive

The winery is owned by owners John McLarty and Lisa Law


Wineries of the Annapolis Valley

Yes an exception to the rule instead of naming just one winery. I am going to recommend several. The wineries if Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley for a second straight year. In the world of several comments made on Trip Advisor "The most beautiful place in the World"

The certified organic sparkling wine producer L'Acadie Vineyards. Benjamin Bridge is a sparkling wine house renowned for its fine premium wines. The amazing Gaspereau Vineyards, Avondale Winery, Blomidon Ridge Estate and more

Alberta

Chinook Honey Co

386079 16th St W
Okotos, Alberta

Located south of Calgary the meadery and bee farm is owned by Art and Cherie Andrew.  Chinook Honey Company started as a beekeeping hobby in 1995   The original 2 hives soon expanded to 6, then 12 and now have blossomed to approximately 280. Art's passion for his bees was contagious, and it didn't take long before his wife Cherie started joined in.   In 2004 they opened their store The Honey House  

Travel back in time and experience the fascinating world of Norse culture by taking a trip to their Viking Village for some genuine family fun! Epic displays of live-action battle reenactments (kids get to do mock battles too), throughout the weekend in May. Check for dates!

Honourable Mention

Kacaba Vineyards a well designed winery in Vineland, Ontario
Karlo Estates Wellington, Ontario ~ is one of the most unique wineries in the region. The first vegan-certified winery in North America. 
Gulluci Winery Stouffville, Ontario a well designed winery 30 minutes from Toronto city centre
Back 10 Cellars It is all about hospitality and fine wines.
Peller Estates the gem among Andrew Peller LTD wineries a very good restaurant
Jabulani Vineyard & Winery Richmond Ontario ~ beautiful grounds
Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery Bowmanville On. Friendly and unique.
Township7 Langley Numerous events good wines friendly staff
Blue Grouse the spectacular Vancouver island Winery
Fairview Cellars One never forget these wines  Fairview Cellars is the culmination of a life long quest of Bill Eggert’s to own and operate his own winery.  
Vignoble d'Orford in the beautiful Eastern Township of Quebec
Vignoble du Chêne Winery ~ Saint-Eustache, Quebec ~ amazing location great facilities
Le Vignoble du Ruisseay ~ Beautiful grounds open all year
 Domaine de Grand Pre, NS  - alway remember the Grand winery of Nova Scotia
Barr Estate Winery Sherwood Park Alberta enjoy wines made from farm grown fruits.

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