For a weekend away with your special someone, wine country can’t be beat. Imagine yourself strolling through the vineyards and taking in gorgeous views. With vibrant sunsets and candlelit dinners to be savoured, there’s no better backdrop for romance.
2. Good food, fine wines. What could be better?
Many local wines hold prestigious awards. For example, the Andrew Peller Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 won Gold at the 2010 International Wine and Spirit Competition in the U.K. This fine vintage from the Peller Estates Winery is world class, but is easily accessible (and affordable) right here in wine country. Whether you choose to visit the Niagara Peninsula, Prince Edward County or Lake Erie North Shore, you’ll find succulent dishes made by amazing chefs right at the vineyards or in nearby restaurants.
3. To elevate yourself… at the Niagara Escarpment.
Less than two hours from downtown Toronto, the Niagara Escarpment offers unbelievable scenery in the form of rolling hills, rivers and even caves to explore. Here you can work up an appetite for your romantic dinners with a day of hiking or canoeing. There are no fewer than 98 wineries in the Niagara region, and great choices include Henry of Pelham, 13th Street Winery, and The Good Earth Food & Wine Co..
4. To have truly great encounters with grape growers and winemakers.
Winemakers love what they do, and they love to share what they know with visitors. If you’re interested in learning more about the art of growing grapes and experiencing that famous vineyard hospitality, try visiting Pondview Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Lou and Adriana Puglisi are the second generation to carry on the family tradition of growing wine grapes, and they love to help visitors understand the fine art of pairing wine with food.
5. To leave all your stress at home.
Sometimes all you need is just two days away from the jarring noise and traffic of the city to feel refreshed. Get away for a weekend, breathe in the fresh air and let your eyes rest on the lush vineyard scenery. You’ll feel like you’ve been gone for a week.
6. To escape… in unique Prince Edward County.
Prince Edward County is the heart of the farm-to-table movement, and it’s easy to see why. In addition to the famous vineyards such as Closson Chase Vineyards, there are also craft breweries and wonderful independent restaurants whose chefs are inspired by the local agricultural offerings. When you’re done eating and drinking at some of the 37 wineries here, explore the boutiques of Bloomfield or catch a play in a barn by the Festival Players.
7. To learn something.
Once you’ve sampled all the flavours of the region, don’t leave without understanding what winemakers’ talents are all about. Although they won’t share every trade secret, the growers are happy to impart a little vino-wisdom they’ve learned in the years spent honing their craft. Check out Wine Country Ontario’s “Wine Route Planner” to see which winery you’d like to visit when planning your trip to wine country.
8. To discover… the Lake Erie North Shore.
The relatively shallow waters and warm temperatures of Lake Erie create the perfect microclimate for growing grapes. In fact, the growing season on Pelee Island is almost a full month longer than in other regions, making it ideal for raising native Vitis vinifera vines. In addition to gorgeous coastal views and farm-to-table cuisine, a trip to Lake Erie North Shore can include a bike tour or an exciting round of golf. With more than 17 wineries like Viewpointe Estate Winery with its splendid view of Lake Erie, this beautiful area is yours to discover!