Welcome to Grape Escape Wine tours in Niagara
Updated: Sep 16, 2021
welcome to grape escape wine tours IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE
WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE WILL BE REOPENING FOR ALL OF OUR TOURS ON MAY 1ST 2021! WE WILL BE FOLLOWING ALL PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES SURROUNDING COVID-19 TO ENSURE ALL OF OUR GUESTS AND STAFF ARE KEPT SAFE AND HEALTHY. We truly appreciate the support of all of our guests and visitors, especially over the past 12 months. It has been a very trying time for everyone, and we cannot thank you enough for supporting our small business. We cannot wait to welcome our visitors back this season! Subject to the cautious continued re-opening of the ecomony we plan to be open from May 1st - November 30th. Hope to see you soon! Situated between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, the Niagara Peninsula offers the perfect climate for wine production. The wineries of Niagara on the Lake and The Niagara Escarpment have gained worldwide acclaim. Located just a short drive from Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake, “The Prettiest Town in Canada”, is steeped in history and has over 35 wineries within its borders. As part of your tour, you will enjoy a leisurely drive along Queen Street where you will see for yourself the unbelievable beauty of the towns thousands of flowers, many restaurants, quaint boutiques, and art galleries. The visitor experience found in Niagara on the Lake is totally unique. Here, wine and cuisine go hand-in-hand with history. With over 14 years experience in the Niagara Region’s Wine Tour Industry, Grape Escape Wine Tours is a family owned and operated company. We offer daily tours by bicycle or passenger van to world-class, award-winning wineries in beautiful and historic Niagara on the Lake, where you will sample amazing VQA wines. Each of our tours also includes a sample or two of the regions most famous export, Icewine! Whether you choose one of our daily tours, or for groups of 6 or more something customized you can be sure our experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable staff will ensure you have a visit to remember. Grape Escape also offers bicycle rentals from our HQ location at 1627 Niagara Stone Road, we have complimentary parking too! This is the perfect way to see Wine Country if you are short on time or prefer to go at your own pace! Grape Escape Wine Tours Is The # 1 recommended wine tour company By Niagara On The Lake Bed & Breakfasts
Sip and Sizzle
WEEKENDS IN MAY FROM 11AM TO 5PM
What could be better than a spring weekend afternoon with a few friends, a barbecue, and fine wine? Well how about if we do the hosting?
Join us in Niagara-on-the-Lake every weekend in May and experience a unique grilled food item perfectly paired with a premium VQA wine at over 20 wineries. It’s fun, relaxing, and a great way to discover the wines of Niagara-on-the-Lake and get some inspiration for your summer grilling menu. See you at our place!
PURCHASE YOUR TOUR PASS
Click here to print a list of 2020 participating wineries and tasting details.
Please note that Coyote’s Run has unexpectedly closed its operations at the end of April 2019, and they are not participating in Sip & Sizzle.
This $55 (taxes and fees not included) touring pass entitles you, the holder, to one VQA wine tasting and food pairing at each of our member wineries and is valid May 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31 – 11am to 5pm.
NOTE: If you are traveling with a group of 8 or more guests, please have your group organizer call ahead to the wineries you plan to visit with your approximate arrival time so that they can plan for your group’s arrival and serve you better and make your experience an enjoyable one.
Transportation is not included but can be arranged with one of our official transportation partners.
DESIGNATED DRIVER TOURING PASS
The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake encourage you to tour and taste responsibly. Please designate a driver who is not drinking and purchase one of our Designated Driver Touring Passes for $30 (taxes and fees not included). This touring pass is valid for food offerings and non-alcoholic drinks only; limit one designated driver touring pass per purchase.
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Crush on Niagara Tours
Date Night at Trius Wineries takes place every Monday night until April 27, 2020. Treat your loved one (or best friend) to a 3-course dinner, including a bottle of wine for only $99 per couple!
Monday to Friday,
Konzelmann Winery offers a Lakefront Lunch & Winery Experience starting at noon Monday to Friday and a Blind Tasting Experience at 2pm also Monday to Friday.
The weekly Wednesday night Supper Market returns on May 20, 2020 and will run until Sept. 16, 2020. It is always guaranteed to be a fun evening with numerous food vendors, music, wine & beer. Also at the same location is the Market at the Village on Saturday mornings starting May 23, 2020.
The Shaw Guild Garden Tour will take place on June 12 & 13, 2020. Eight gardens have been selected for 2020. A VIP experience will be held on June 12, 2020 at 6pm with an intimate evening strolling through enchanting gardens accompanied by live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine. Reduced early bird tickets are on sale until March 15, 2020.
The 29th Annual NOTL Horticultural Society Garden Tour will take place on July 11, 2020 from 10-5pm. Always a beautiful event!
2020 SIP & SIZZLE PAIRINGS
Please be aware that food pairings may contain peanuts and/or other tree nuts.
2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Grown & Bottled (W, O, L) paired with a citrus cured and grilled slice of rainbow trout with a fennel and herb slaw.
2016 Frontier Riesling (W) paired with stone oven pizza with smoked duck, caramelized onions and apple. Vegetarian option available.
2018 Venus Rosé (W) paired with golden chicken cutlet with garden fresh salad and savoury dressing.
2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc (W, O) paired with BBQ'd pork ribs with smoked slaw.
2016 Grand Reserve Red Meritage (W, O) paired with Prime rib slider and Meritage onions.
2016 Gamay Rosé (W, O) paired with herb-crusted chicken wings with rosemary honey ginger BBQ sauce.
2017 30th Anniversary Series Small Batch Riesling (W, O) paired with beef tenderloin tips marinated in a sweet and savoury traditional Korean sauce featuring tamari, sesame oil, fresh ginger, garlic and honey. Grilled to perfection and sprinkled with sesame seeds and fresh chives. (GF)
2013 Vidal (W) paired with smoked cheese on a nacho cracker topped with mango salsa.
2017 EastDell Riesling (W, O) paired with a grilled chicken & avocado taco drizzled with a creamy cilantro dressing. (GF) *Vegetarian option available.
2016 Platinum Series Sauvignon Blanc (W, O) paired with grilled pineapple salsa and pulled chicken on a flour tortilla. *Vegan and gluten-free options available.
2017 Balance Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc (W, O) paired with grilled lamb merguez, kale and sheep’s milk feta spanakopita from Benchmark Restaurant.
2016 Riesling, Estate Grown (W, O, L) paired with 18 hour smoked beef brisket and pickled red cabbage slaw topped with Niagara sour cherry BBQ Sauce. Served on a crispy wonton and topped with mustard microgreens.
2016 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (W, O) paired with Chef Parsons' BBQ Grain Bowl including grilled cauliflower, charred broccoli, eggplant confit, toasted farro seed and peanut crumble. (V)
2016 Riesling Dry (W, O) paired with a lemon oregano grilled chicken Souvlaki with cucumber yogurt. (GF)
"Blockbuster" 2016 Cab Merlot Reserve (W, O) paired with steak spice grilled beef patty, crispy onions, smoked 5 Brothers cheese, BBQ Aioli on a Brioche bun.
2017 Mile White (W, O) paired with our grilled pineapple tropical shrimp poke bowl. (GF) *Vegetarian & Vegan options available.
2017 Sand & Gravel Chardonnay (W, O) paired with crispy pork belly / honey and lime glaze / k2 milling black bean salad / mustard vinaigrette and herbs.
2017 'Fortune' Cabernet Rosé (W, O) paired with grilled jalapeño, black olive and Feta mini corn muffin.
2018 Gamay Nouveau (W, O) paired with pork belly with Asian slaw, glazed with garlic ginger hoisin sauce served on a steamed bun.
2016 "RSVP" Pinot Gris (W, O) paired with sweet and savory herbed shortbreads with blackberry pink peppercorn preserves. (V)
2017 Connect White (W, O, L) paired with a grilled salt and pepper free-range pork sausage from Linc Farm, and Southbrook’s wine infused mustard with tarragon.
2017 Wildass White (W) paired with grilled fennel and cucumber salad topped with Sichuan chili oil and smoked peanuts. (V)
2017 Sauvignon Blanc Terroir (W, O) paired with a grilled Naan pizza topped with pesto, spinach and mozzarella cheese. (V)
2017 Trius Merlot (W, O, L) paired with grilled beef kofta with pickled onion, mint and honey yogurt. (GF)
2016 Estate Series Shiraz Cabernet (W, O) paired with grilled lamb and rosemary sausage with Icewine onion jam.