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7 Unforgettable Wine-Tasting Experiences

Updated: Jan 5

Posted on September 10, 2023 by Donna Vieira

Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to some of the oldest and most established wine producing vineyards in Canada. Unforgettable wine-tasting experiences await you at Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries where expertly trained staff are always on hand to introduce you to unique winemaking techniques and flavourful wines. Some go out of their way to make your visit memorable. Your hosts at STAY Niagara-on-the-Lake can help you make your visit one to remember.

Step Back in Time

Colaneri Vineyard transports you to a time when donkeys were farmers’ greatest assets. Your experience begins with a tasting of sparkling wine. After learning what makes these beautiful creatures so valuable, you’re taken on a fully guided tour of the Colaneri Vineyard with a staff member and your friendly donkey companions. Your journey concludes with a tasting of three wonderful wines.

Taste the Season

You don’t want to miss the Taste the Season event in Niagara-on-the-Lake when 15+ wineries invite you to visit and taste their vintages over four weekends in November. Passports go on sale October 1, 2023. Choose from an Individual Tasting Pass or a Couple’s Pass, which permits you to visit up to eight wineries per day.

Culinary Classes

Book an afternoon of fun, pizza and wine at Ravine Winery where Chef John Vetere instructs you on how to make your own Wood Oven Neapolitan style pizza followed by a sit-down lunch, including wine. For something a bit more elaborate, Strewn Winery offers hands-on Saturday Cooking Classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. geared for home/recreational cooks.

Dig Our Roots

This 2023 fall event is sure to be a crowd-pleaser that celebrates decades of winemaking history in Niagara-on-the-Lake. From October 13 to 14, head over to the NOTL Museum where you’ll be treated to an incredible selection of over 40 VQA wines at various stations throughout the museum as well as live music and light food fare.

Wine-Tasting at its Best

Discover Inniskillin‘s craftwork with an intimate wine-tasting experience at their Winemaker’s Retrospective Master Classes in the winery estate’s Barrel Cellar where Estate Winemaker, Nicholas Gizuk, guides you through a curated selection of current releases and exclusive back vintage wines paired with cheeses. Another option is the Obsessions Wins Dinner where seasonally inspired hors d’oeuvres and a four-course tasting menu are paired with Inniskillin’s award-winning wines.

A Season for All Tastes

Of course, there’s more to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here’s a sampling of what’s in store this fall:

September – October 4: Paint & Collage Course at Riverbank Art Museum

September 14: This is Anne — Older & Wiser at Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum

September 21: Black Music History in Canada at Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum

September 25: Famous & Infamous Lecture Series at Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum

September 30: Reif’s Fire Dinner! at Reif Estate Winery

October 7: Portraiture Photography Workshop at Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre

October 14: Oktoberfest at the Exchange Brewery

October 21: Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

October 21: Reif’s Annual Harvest Dinner at Reif Estate Winery

October 28 to December 3: Bravo Niagara!

Octobet 28: Halloween Masquerade at Spirit in Niagara Distillery

November 10: “Hello, It’s Me! ADELE” at the Court House TheatreDecember 1: 2023 Candlelight Stroll

December 2 & 3: Reif Holiday Market at Reif Estate Winery

Helpful Tips

Did you lose something while you were in Niagara-on-the-Lake? Contact the lost and found centre at the NOTL Chamber of Commerce located at 26 Queen Street in the lower level of the building. Or call 1-905-468-1950 or email for more information.

Most Town parking meters, except for four located in the Heritage District, no longer accept credit card payments. They do, however accept credit card payments via the Honk Mobile app. The Town understands the frustrations this has caused visitors and apologizes for the inconvenience. Town is working on short- and long-term solutions to the matter. In the meantime, coins are accepted at all parking machines, and the four machines that still do accept regular credit card payments are located in the Court House lot, the Prince of Wales lot, Queens Royal Park lot (down by the lake) and near the Post Office on Queen Street. Parking is free after 8 p.m.

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