20151212_143649The Niagara region is world renowned for its first-rate wines. With over 70 wineries located in the Niagara peninsula, the array of choice of pristine wineries with VQA standards is impressive. Whether it’s for a bachelorette weekend, or a romantic getaway, going to a Niagara winery in the summer is a great way to create unforgettable memories. The wine experience is sensory based, where the appearance, flavour and aroma intertwine to generate a delectable explosion. From the wine connoisseur, to the novice, indulge your senses and plan a visit to a Niagara winery.

Chateau des Charmes Wines

Strolling the vineyard at Chateau des Charmes entices an instant romantic element. The French-inspired castle ambiance of the exterior building, is breathtaking to say the least. Founded by Paul Bosc in 1978, this family owned winery produces over 30 delicious vintage wines. An ideal venue for a fairytale wedding, Chateau des Charmes stunning backdrop of St David’s Bench vineyard magical rose garden is spectacular. Tours are held in French, English, and Japanese , another standout factor that differentiates Chateau des Charmes as a top winery. The striking scenery and mouth-watering wine choices is what has kept Chateau des Charmes at the top of its game.

Peller Estates Winery

pellarestatesIt comes as no surprise that Peller Estate Winery was awarded Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence in 2014. This picturesque family operated vineyard has been passed down from generation to generation, which adds to the estates history. For over 50 years founder Andrew Peller, alongside the Peller family, have contributed immensely to the quality of wine in Niagara. The popularity of Peller Estates can partly be attributed to Winemaker Katie Dickieson and winery chef Cityline personality Jason Parson. This duo has taken the food and wine experience to an exceptional level, unparallel to none. Take the time to visit the scenic outdoor patio and stay for lunch, the food and wine pairings will make it worth your while.

Caroline Cellars Winery

Tucked away, off the beaten path, Caroline Cellars Niagara-on-the-Lake winery is filled with heartwarming country charm. Named after the owners late grandmother and mother, Caroline Cellars family operated winery is an endearing site to see. One of the great perks of visiting Caroline Cellars is the free tasting bar and the generous portions. The bottles of wine are affordable, with starting prices averaging $12. Try the light and fruity Plum Wine at only $11.50, it’s a refreshing choice and perfect for a summer day. The relaxed and casual atmosphere, extensive wine choices, and friendly staff, makes this winery experience enjoyable.

Jackson – Triggs Winery

Jackson – Triggs popularity stems from its recognizable brand, and vineyards located across Canada, from British Columbia, Okanagan Valley to Niagara. Established in 2001, this Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard has an jackson triggsarchitecturally modern and contemporary feel. The Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series has attracted talented musical acts such as Sam Roberts Band, and Chantel Kreviazuk. Incredible events are held all summer long at Jackson – Triggs, this element signifies its unique status. If you are in mood for a five course fine dining experience paired with delicious wines, then the Savour the Sights events is ideal. Pick up a bottle of 2012 Reserve Sparkling Cuve Close $14.95, balanced by an aroma of roses and lemons, it’s perfect for any celebration.

Joseph’s Estate Wines

With its appealing country flare, and wooden rustic indoor feel, Joseph’s Estate is a delightful winery that offers a variety of delicious wines. Established in 1979, Joseph’s Estate Wines is one of the three original cottage wineries in Niagara, making it rich with history. Dr. Joseph Pohorly founded Joseph’s Estates and was one of the first to bring recognition and popularity to Icewine. This family owned and operated winery holds valuable informative tours that are paired with yummy snacks. The 2000 Winter Harvest Vidal Icewine is a great choice, rating an 8 on the sweetness scale, it’s perfect if you prefer Icewine that isn’t too sweet, have a sample and you’ll want to take home the bottle!

Reif Estate Winery

Reif Estate Winery exudes a sophisticated atmosphere that is apparent through the polished interior. Founded by Ewald Reif, the 125 acre vineyard opened its doors in 1982 and maintained a positive reputation with its customers due to the helpful staff and educational tours. Set beside a striking 1870′s coach house, Reif Estate’s picturesque garden aids to the serene feel when exploring the property. The sensory wine bar is a crowd favourite, with blind tastings that challenge the senses. The Gamay Cabernet $15.15 is a great bargain and delicious when paired with pizza or a grilled hamburger.