5 Canadian wineries a short drive away from the city in Toronto
1) Westcott Vineyards
Westcott is a small family-run vineyard. The highlight of this establishment is the tasting room and the wood-burning fireplace. During the winter and fall, book for ‘Fireside Fridays’, when visiting chefs prepare special menus that pair with their wines. It’s an intimate and very unique dining experience.
2) Red Stone Winery
Red Stone is an organic and biodynamic winery. The winery is owned by bigwig Moray Tawse. He brings an impressive knowledge of wine to Red Stone. They also host weekly summer concerts and offer an impressive menu in their restaurant.
3) Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
Sue-Ann Staff is a small family-owned winery. Sue-Ann primarily grows Riesling grapes on the property. A visit to her tasting room, located in the kitchen, is a unique and intimate experience. Sue-Ann Staff is known as the queen of ice wine, so make sure to try it when you visit.
4) Adamo Estate Winery
Adamo Estate is off the wine trail. It’s a true hidden gem located in the Dufferin Highlands. The microclimate in this part of Ontario requires Adamo to select cold weather grapes. The food is excellent, and the view from the property is fantastic. Consider this a boutique winery.
5) Teaching Winery
This is a unique experience that is loads of fun. The college winery isn’t flashy. You can sample wines created as final thesis projects for up-and-coming graduates. There are opportunities to chat with students and learn more about winemaking. The college also has a brewery and new distillery.
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