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.

a couple enjoying wines at the Wescott Vineyards

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.

exterior of Red Stone winery in Toronto

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.

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery on a snowy day

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.

aerial view of Adamo Estate 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.

the Niagara college and winery

at: Niagara College, 135 Taylor Road

http://niagaracollegewine.ca

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