Monday, 17 June 2013

Sampling Wineries in the Niagara region of Ontario- Part 2

 by Keith and Heather Nicol  

      On June 7, 2013 the weather still didn’t look like it would cooperate for our planned bike trip in Niagara on the Lake so we asked the staff at the Holiday Inn and Suites in St. Catharines  ( about some other wine tasting options. They provided us with some great maps of the area and suggested several wineries to see. They suggested Trius and Peller Estates which we appreciated since we were really captivated with those wineries. First off we headed to the Trius Winery and arrived just in time for a great tour by Lynda Campbell. If you are new to this area (like we were) a tour really helps give you a feel about how each winery operates. Lynda told us that Canada produces about 80% of the world’s ice wine and we enjoyed sampling some of the Trius Ice Wine on our tour. She also told us that Trius ( is perhaps best known for Trius Red which has won many awards. Next up was Peller Estate Winery ( which we were impressed with from a visual perspective. The building is large but welcoming and their wine sampling area is huge. Our tour guide Craig Swanson led a large group of us around the estate and the tour included sampling 3 of their wines including an $80 bottle of ice wine! We were told that Peller Estates is probably best known for its ice wine and they also make an Ice Cuvee which is a combination of ice wine and sparkling wine.

Trius offers a great tour and has fine wines

Peller Estates also gives a great tour and offers samples of an $80 ice wine

       After lunch we headed to Jackson Triggs ( where we were a bit too late to join the tour so we had to sample wine instead.  We were told by Philip Brown that they are probably best known for their shiraz, sauvignon blanc and gewürztraminer and they produce about 15 wines overall. Inniskillin ( was our last winery of the day and we really enjoyed their short self guided tour which explains the wine making process through several  colourful panels. We sampled a variety of their wines in their boutique and Katie Cristicini told us that they are likely best known for their Vidal ice wine which she said is sold in 73 different countries. We sampled their ice wine and it really is fabulous. From there we headed into Niagara Falls to see the falls which were still spectacular even though it was overcast and misty out. Overall we were really taken with the Niagara area and can’t wait to return under sunnier skies. There are still dozens of wineries to visit and we would love to get in some cycling on our next visit. For more information see: and
Jackson Triggs is a well known winery in the region
Inniskillin is another don't miss winery near Niagara on the Lake
Niagara Falls was very impressive despite the misty weather

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