Attractions in Niagara-on-the-Lake
There’s no better way to experience Niagara’s exceptional local wine culture and internationally revered wineries than by visiting them firsthand. When planning a getaway to Ontario’s wine country, be sure to include a visit to local Niagara wineries.
Considered one of the best Niagara-on-the-Lake attractions and activities, visiting a local Niagara-on-the-Lake winery is a must. Learn about many of the internationally renowned wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, so you can begin planning a great escape to Canada’s wine country. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or you’re just looking for a really enjoyable getaway, a Niagara wine tour always delivers on enjoyable and unique experiences for visitors of every palette.
Plan a Wine Tour and Tasting Getaway in Niagara-on-the-lake
Niagara’s Finest Hotels are located right in the heart of Niagra-on-the-Lake, within the town’s heritage district, which means when you stay with us, you’ll be within close proximity to many of the area’s favourite wineries. After booking your stay at one of Niagara’s Finest Hotels, you’ll only have one tough choice to make: which of the many amazing wineries on this list will you visit while you’re here.
Below, we provide brief descriptions of some of the wineries our guests always tend to have unparalleled experiences at. We want you to see the very best that Niagara has to offer, so we’ve done our best thinking on our favourite spots. However, every person and palate is different, so we suggest you visit time and time again to taste your way through the diverse range of grapes and winery estates that make Niagara a wine lover’s paradise.
Wineries to Visit in Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Caroline Cellars
- Château des Charmes
- Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate
- Joseph’s Estate Wines
- Konzelmann Estate Winery
- Lailey Winery
- Niagara College Teaching Winery
- Palatine Hills Estate Winery
- Peller Estate Winery
- Pillitteri Estates Winery
- Pondview Estate Winery
- Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
- Reif Winery
- Riverview Cellars Estate Winery
- Small Talk Vineyards
- Stratus Vineyards
- Strewn Winery
Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries to Explore
Image Courtesy of Caroline Cellars
40 years ago, a young couple purchased a 50-acre vineyard and began a labour of love that combined both husband and wife’s long-time knowledge about and passion for agriculture and winemaking. Today, their Niagara winery grows vinifera grapes, which are then curated into beautiful VQA wines that lack pretense, but taste of homegrown TLC.
Image Courtesy of Château des Charmes
Château des Charmes is one of the Niagara region’s most gorgeous and prestigious wineries and the exterior can often be mistaken for a castle right in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This truly awe-inspiring estate is unlike any other, and the wines produced there are the only things that may rival the aesthetic of the winery. This winery lends itself to romantic getaways and the wide arrange of wine products available will make for the perfect takeaway after a wonderful day spent in wine country.
Image Courtesy of Inniskillin Winery
This Niagara winery is an easily recognizable name in wine production combines more than 35 years of wine-making with a passion for Canada’s unique landscape to produce some of the most popularly sold wines in the region. Taste table wines and icewines that have won awards around the world, and learn about the time, attention and talent it takes to craft reds and whites that are celebrated at dinner tables around the world.
Image Courtesy of Jackson-Triggs
This 11.5-acre Niagara Estate winery is home to three classic varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. The Jackson-Triggs winemakers will be happy to welcome you for a tour of their estate where you’ll have the chance to sample and purchase the different wines they create with these carefully cultivated grapes. They also offer some unique food and wine pairing workshops and events in Niagara aimed at encouraging education in wine.
Image Courtesy of Joseph's Estate Wines
This family-owned and operated Niagara-on-the-Lake winery has been in business since 1996, with a notable expansion taking place in 2003. They produce a full menu of reds, whites and icewines, as well as fruit wines, sherries and ports. Take a seat at their hand-crafted tasting bar and explore the estate’s rich, family-oriented history glass by glass.
Image Courtesy of Konzelmann Estate Winery
Located on a gorgeous lakefront property, the Konzelmann estate is a truly captivating landmark property that looks more similar to a European castle than one may imagine finding in the heart of Canada’s wine country. Explore the Niagara lakefront vineyards and winery facilities, taste wines paired with artisanal bites to eat and escape to a time far removed from the hustle and bustle of life in Toronto.
Image Courtesy of Lailey Winery
This family-run winery lives their commitment to enjoyable, unassuming experiences and beautifully-crafted wines by keeping themselves humble and their wines innovative. They pride themselves on warmly welcoming guests and educating them about their eye-catching property, facilities and all the goodness they will pour into your glass. They also offer some amazing and intimate private tours within their wine barrel cellar.
Image Courtesy of Niagara College Teaching Winery
Home to the first-ever Winery and Viticulture Technician program in the country, the Niagara College Teaching Winery is a wonderful place to learn about the intricacies that define great Canadian winemaking. You may visit the winery to purchase bottles cultivated within this unique learning environment and, of course, to get your own education about what makes Niagara wine so exceptional.
Image Courtesy of Palatine Hills Estate Winery
This winery is one of the Niagara originators and, after four decades of great winemaking, Palatine Hills Estate, is still family-owned and operated vineyard and winery. Visit this prestigious landmark, within the heart of Ontario's wine country, for a unique opportunity to engage with one of the oldest winery families in the region.
Image Courtesy of Peller Estate Winery
The winemakers and culinary teams at Peller Estates pride themselves on creating a fully immersive winetasting experience that includes glasses of VQA’s best alongside delicious bites to eat and a thoughtful education in how to bring out the best of Niagara’s grapes. Visit their Niagara-on-the-Lake winery for an “insider” experience that will make you feel part of their family.
Image Courtesy of Pillitteri Estates Winery
Three generations of thoughtful winemakers are what’s behind the charming landscape and superior tastes of the Pillitteri Estate. Located on a beautiful piece of Niagara land, this vineyard estate is home to a wide variety of wines that have accumulated more than 800 global awards.
Image Courtesy of Pond View Estate Winery
A large Niagara winery estate, which has been in operation since 1974, the Pond View Estate Winery is run by the Puglisi family who love to host visitors who are eager to learn about how they create rich tasting wines that are well-suited to any occasion.
Image Courtesy of Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
When you visit Ravine Vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake, you’ll immediately be struck by how charming the estate and surrounding Niagara landscape are. Complete with a full farm-to-table focused restaurant, this is a great location for guests with an appreciation for authentic craftsmanship and fine wines that are the result of a holistic dedication to preserving nature’s goodness.
Image Courtesy of Reif Estate Winery
The Reifs are one of Niagara’s founding families of wine, and their dedication to a tradition of excellence still shines through every glass. Visit this winery to engage with one of the very first vinifera farms in the region and taste wines that have captivated palettes all over the world for several decades.
Image Courtesy of Riverview Cellars Estate Winery
With a focus on French and German cool-climate white varietals, this estate winery will provide for a different kind of tasting than some of its larger counterparts. By focusing all their passion and talent into a more specific selection of grapes, this smaller and more intimate Niagara winery leverages the highest-quality ingredients to curate wines that are representative of their dedication to greener viticulture and extraordinary taste.
Image Courtesy of Small Talk Vineyards
This Niagara-on-the-Lake winery crafts VQA wines, ciders and icewines that continue to prove to be crowd-pleasers across Canada. Eat, drink and enjoy the simple pleasures of great flavours and conversation while touring this beautiful winery estate. Take a trolley ride around the vineyards, sip wines and ciders, and enjoy pairings with snacks from local farmers and artisans, brought right to your tasting table.
Image Courtesy of Stratus Vineyards
A place of simplicity and creativity, Stratus Vineyards is a place that bottles wine made to transcend time. These ageless creations are housed within a uniquely modern winery that aligns with our generation’s dedication to environmental sustainability, as well as the timeless traditions of extraordinary winemaking. Sample Stratus products via a flight style tasting that allows you to compare and contrast different notes of Niagara’s diligently harvested and curated grapes.
Image Courtesy of Strewn Winery
Located just minutes from the old town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Strewn Winery is not only a great place to try exclusive wines, which are only available onsite, but the estate is also home to a large hospitality centre where you can partake in cooking classes. Strewn tours are highly customizable depending on your plans for your Niagara getaway, and they look forward to treating you to a very special day of viticulture and foodie fun.