The Best Wineries to Visit This Fall in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Glasses of wine in a Niagara vineyard during a fall wine tour

Fall is upon us, and with it comes plenty of wonderful ways to enjoy and celebrate the season, including Niagara wineries and fall wine tours that will delight you with tastings of premium local wines paired with delicious refreshments. With the Niagara region becoming world-renowned for its winemaking, you may wish to sample from several top-tier wineries in the area, and Vintage Hotels is pleased to offer our Wine Trolley Tour when you stay with us so that you can experience all that wine country has to offer.

The Hare Wine Co.

Fall wine tasting at The Hare Wine Co. in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Enjoy a personal touch at The Hare Wine Co., where you’ll be treated to a wine tasting in small groups with one of their experts as your personal guide. Customize a flight of four of their incredible local wines, including icewines. For a festive twist, check out their Scare at the Hare package! They’ve transformed their wine tasting room for the spooky occasion, and you’ll savour three wine samples along with delicious seasonal snacks. You’ll even go home with a bottle of their Sparkling Rosé—no tricks here, just treats!

Château des Charmes

You’ll always enjoy a taste of French-inspired elegance at Château des Charmes! We recommend their Premium Wine Tasting Experience, where you’ll savour a full portfolio of their fabulous VQA wines with delectable, carefully selected pairings such as premium chocolates, artisan cheeses, or sumptuous charcuterie. These mouth-watering treats are hand-crafted exclusively for Château des Charmes by expert chocolatiers and cheesemakers to deliver a gourmet experience alongside their incredible wine portfolio.

Queenston Mile Vineyard

Wine and Cheese tasting experience at Queenston Mile Vineyard.

This industrial-chic vineyard has a small, expert winemaking team dedicated to utilizing the milder climate of the Niagara Benchlands to grow the best grapes and, in turn, produce full-flavoured wines that truly dazzle and inspire. Partake in their Signature Wine & Cheese Tasting Experience, where you’ll sip on four of their exceptional cool-climate wines and snack on premium artisan cheeses, specially curated for the perfect pairing.

Bella Terra Vineyards

Known for its rich Cabernets and elegant white wines, Bella Terra sits on a 50-acre farm and has been cared for by the Puglisi family since 1974. As you sip on their wines, you are tasting three generations of grape-growing experience. Enjoy their From Vine to Vintage Tasting experience that includes a selection of three wines and delicious ‘Jar-cuterie’ as you learn about the history behind this family’s winery and its winemaking philosophy.

Exploring the Niagara Benchlands’ Best Wineries

Only 30 minutes from Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Niagara Benchlands offer many unique winemakers that have gained international notoriety. From small family-run wineries to larger operations, the Niagara Benchlands is home to many premium and boutique wineries.

Sue Ann Staff Estate Winery 

Visit this beautiful estate in the heart of Niagara wine country! Take in the lovely changing colours of fall at their seasonal Outdoor Wine Flight, where you’ll sample three premium wines of your choice from a list of their five bestsellers. Relax in a comfortable Muskoka chair on the estate lawn or enjoy a nice chat over drinks at one of their lovely garden tables. Alternatively, for those chillier autumn days, partake in their Deluxe Indoor Wine Flight in their Icewine Room overlooking the gorgeous vineyards. 

Cave Spring Vineyard 

Nestled along the terrace of the Niagara Escarpment, Cave Spring Vineyard has been producing fine Ontario wines for nearly 50 years. For a unique and fun experience, try out their Vino Picasso game—their wine-themed take on the classic game of Pictionary! You’ll sample a selection of their wonderful wines along with tasty appetizers supplied by our own Inn On The Twenty for an afternoon of delightful entertainment.

Can’t Decide? Book the Tour for a Taste of Niagara Wine Country!

Our Wine Trolley Tour is a local hit for a reason! When you stay at one of our esteemed hotels—Pillar and Post, Prince of Wales, or Queen’s Landing—you can enjoy a full tour of some of Niagara’s best wineries, for a full afternoon of incredible wine and gourmet cuisine! Our new San Francisco-style Trolley provides transport to and from the wineries, all right from your hotel, and our expert tour director shares fascinating local history along the way. Contact us today to book your stay and your wine tour for a fun weekend getaway that celebrates the season!

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