Feb 1 2018

The hustle and bustle of daily life can take a toll on even the most fulfilling relationships, as work pressures and family obligations pile up. To reconnect with a spouse — or to kick-start a new relationship — a romantic weekend getaway this Valentine weekend can be just the thing! There’s simply no better choice than Ontario’s scenic wine country for a convenient respite that still feels like it’s worlds away from city life. And remember that winter has its unique charms, like enjoying a glass a wine by the fireplace after a day out in the crisp air.

Here are ten romantic Ontario wineries to choose from for the perfect couple’s trip:

Lake Erie North Shore Region

1. Pelee Island Winery

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There’s nothing more romantic than spending time alone together on a secluded island. The Pelee Island Winery is located in the southernmost appellation and offers wine tastings along with cheese or chocolate amid romantic scenery enhanced by fresh breezes off of Lake Erie.

2. Viewpointe Estate Winery

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Viewpointe Estate Winery is well named: It commands gorgeous views of Lake Erie that are not to be missed — especially at sunset. Fine food is served with a view to the lake and the estate’s expansive lawn and, after a day of touring and tasting, local bed-and-breakfast accommodations offer a cozy retreat.

Prince Edward County Region

3. Waupoos Estates Winery

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Situated directly on Lake Ontario, Waupoos Estate Winery is also the oldest in Prince Edward County. Its scenic gardens provide a true farm-to-table dining experience at its romantic Gazebo Restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the water and vineyards. Waupoos Estate Winery also makes Maple Syrup from Maple trees growing on site!

Niagara Region

4. Cave Spring Cellars

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If there was ever a quintessential Canadian vineyard, Cave Spring Cellars might just be it. Rent Cave Spring’s Vineyard Estate House for totally private accommodations right in the vineyard with its lake views, lush slopes and gorgeous scenery that make this a perfect location to relax with that special someone by your side.

5. Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery

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Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery offers breathtaking scenery: There are views of the Niagara escarpment and the Toronto skyline across Lake Ontario. It doesn’t get more romantic than a wine-paired meal in the winery’s restaurant! Check out their special Valentines Day menu, featuring Icewine infused dessert!

6. Rockway Vineyards

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Rockway Vineyards is the perfect place for the couple who wants to learn and play together. The winery tour and on-site museum display the fascinating history of grape harvesting and wine making. For your return visit in spring, we recommend checking out the Rockway Golf Course to play a round of eighteen holes with your sweetie.

7. Vineland Estates

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Start your visit with a Snowshoe Adventure in the vineyards, followed by a meal in one of Niagara’s first winery restaurants, and wind-down after at the on site B&B Cottage. Vineland Estates is open year-round, offering the possibility of a romantic weekend getaway, not just for Valentines, but anytime!

8. Niagara College Teaching Winery

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This unique spot is a full education center to teach young winemakers everything they need to know to continue the region’s traditions. Located at the epicenter of wine culture at Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Niagara College Teaching Winery offers tours and sensory lessons to the public. They also showcase students’ culinary work at the college’s Benchmark Restaurant.

9. Strewn Winery

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Strewn Winery has events throughout the year, including hands-on cooking classes, and private tastings with their on-site Sommelier. Why not spend some quality time with a partner in their on site OLiV Tapas Bar and Restaurant following your tasting!

10. Two Sisters

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From the outstanding Italian dining at Restaurant 76 to the utterly classic look of the vineyard and wine cellars themselves, Two Sisters Vineyards provides a classic wine-touring experience. Plan a trip around special holiday events or try an estate tour to get the most out of this spectacular location.

With so many wonderful Ontario wineries to choose from, there’s simply no excuse not to plan a romantic getaway with that special someone!