Discover the best Niagara wines

Finding the best Niagara wines means experiencing the people who make them

French winery in Niagara - Château-des-Charmes

Finding the best Niagara wines goes hand in hand with experiencing the people who make the wine and run the wineries. From winery owners who are awe-inspiring purists to warm hosts who beckon you to taste their Chardonnay, each offers a spectacular surprise of their latest recommended vintages.

Back in the 70s when my friend and I would hitchhike to Niagara-on-the-lake from Niagara Falls after school, there were no vineyards yet. But the town held a certain fascination for us, and we just wanted to meet interesting people along the way. Now, several decades later, when I visit wineries across the Niagara Peninsula, it’s about discovering the creative visions of each Niagara winery entrepreneur.

Why visit a Niagara winery?

There are many reasons you might visit a Niagara winery in Niagara-on-the-lake, Jordan, Vineland, Lincoln, Hamilton, or anywhere in between. For some, it’s a place to relax on a coveted two-week annual vacation in one of the most serene landscapes around. For others, it’s a chance to step into the opulence of a grand building and experience true luxury. In either case, visitors can sip an array of high-quality local Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Riesling, or signature blends

Niagara wineries are located in a magical place where lush meets superior quality. Some families enjoy the entertaining events that wineries hold. Many others are wine connoisseurs who make the special trek to September tastings after the summer tourists have all gone home.

Each Niagara winery has a unique personality

Each year brings some of the best Niagara varietals and blends. Being a local, I’m able to taste spectacular Niagara wines all the way from Niagara-on-the-lake to Hamilton.

– Margaret Khomenko