7 Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries To Try

Nothing pairs better than a warm summer day and a chilled glass of wine.

Lucky for Torontonians, we are just a short drive away from Niagara-on-the-Lake aka wine country. Here, dozens of wineries await to host city dwellers for an afternoon of wine-filled delight.

Check out 7 wineries to sip at this summer.

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Photo: @winnieluong

Peller Estates

The well-known Peller Estates is the perfect place to stop in for a wine-tasting after a sunny morning spent riding bicycles through quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake. The picturesque manor is set on a sprawling estate with a grand driveway to the front entrance. An extremely cool ice bar (pun intended) can be found on the property, where patrons can taste a selection of the winery’s delicious ice wines. There is also an on-site restaurant that serves impressive fare and wine tours are available upon request.

 Photo: @twosisters_vineyards

Photo: @twosisters_vineyards

Two Sisters Vineyards

Located right next to Peller Estates, make Two Sisters Vineyards a stop on your journey through Vineland. This winery was built with love, fostered by two sisters (hence its fitting name) with a passion for wine and family. Whether it’s a wine tasting, vineyard tour or light lunch at Kitchen 67, this stunning winery provides the perfect backdrop to a romantic summer afternoon. It’ll be hard to tell if you’re in Ontario or Nappa Valley!

 Photo: @theblondielocks

Photo: @theblondielocks

Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers

If you’re not so much a wine connoisseur and spirits are more your thing, pop into Dillon’s – a small batch distillery specializing in gin, whisky, rye, vodka and more. This family-run business is a fun way to spend an afternoon sipping on homemade Canadian spirits in The Sipping Room.

 Photo: @nicoleberends

Photo: @nicoleberends

Konzelmann Estate Winery

As Niagara’s only waterfront winery, Konzelmann Estate Winery is a must-see. The vineyards back right onto the lake, creating a spectacular optical illusion- think infinity pool but with rows and rows of grape vines. Skip the lunch reservations because once you’re in the wine cellar, you are treated to a full charcuterie experience. Tuscany or Niagara? You won’t know the difference.

 Photo: @jacksontriggsniagara

Photo: @jacksontriggsniagara

Jackson-Triggs Vineyard

If you’ve ever been to a dinner party in Ontario, you’ve likely come across a bottle of Jackson Triggs wine. It is safe to say that this wine is a staple for Canadian homes. The winery’s estate is a modern architectural marvel and the perfect place to spend a Niagara afternoon.

 Photo: @brucemcadams

Photo: @brucemcadams

The Foreign Affair Winery

Located in Vineland, The Foreign Affair Winery is proudly Canadian with a giant moose statue right out front. The patriotic theme even runs through their delicious wines. Siren’s personal wine recommendation? Apologetic Red. The bottle’s label reads “Sorry” on the front, “Not Sorry” on the back and the wine is described as: “An astonishing world-class wine, made by talented, hardworking, law-abiding, polite, friendly, pragmatic, peace-loving, apologetic, grateful and self-deprecating Canadians.”  

 Photo: @decoreattravel

Photo: @decoreattravel

Redstone Winery

A stellar mix of chic, modern and rustic can be found in Beamsville, at the incredible Redstone Winery. Perfection is found when sitting out on the beautiful patio overlooking the vineyard, sipping wine and dining on mouth-watering organic cuisine while watching the summer sunset.