Niagara wine

By Monica Kosior

The vines are blooming the clusters are forming in Niagara wine country, it is finally here… Summer! We all look forward to the long days of sunshine and sipping.With this season’s events we are celebrating the latest refreshing releases while enjoying live music, great food and the company of our friends.

Niagara is ready to honour this year’s favourite season with memories that cannot be missed. Check out my guide below for what to do this time of the year, cheers to you and Summer 2018!

Niagara events

Ontario wine

International Cool Climate Chardonnay

63 winemakers, 10 countries, 165 magnificent wines. i4C is a celebration (firstly) of Chardonnay and (secondly) of all cool climate wines. From flights of wines served up in the Niagara District Airport to the Cool Chardonnay World Tour Tasting and Dinner, to the Moveable Feast Brunch, there is an event for each Chard lover.

More information available here

Dates: July 20 to July 22, varying times

Location: Participating locations here

Cost: Varying costs, all tickets available online here

Twenty Valley Events

Yoga in the Vineyard

Enjoy a relaxing evening on the lawn practicing your best version of Moksha yoga. Your ticket includes one hour of yoga, followed by a glass of Westcott wine. Please bring your own mat, limited available for rental. This is a rain or shine event!

More information available here

Date: Thursdays 7 pm to 8 pm, June to September

Location: Westcott Vineyards 

Cost: $25 + HST per person, purchase online here

Canada wine

Foreign Affair 10th Anniversary

The Appassimento Pioneer of Niagara, join the celebration with Foreign Affair Winery for their anniversary of 10 successful years. Tours will be conducted throughout the day explaining the story of this wineries humble beginnings. Tide & Vine will be serving up an array of delicious summer goodies on the pop up patio.

More information available here

Date: June 30 and July 1 at 11 am to 5 p.m.

Location: Foreign Affair Winery

Cost: Pre purchase wine and food tickets online here

 Stargazing — Canada Day Repeat

One of my favourite hidden gems in Beamsville is hosting another Canada Day long weekend gazing up at the stars. Cover charge includes first glass of wine and take home commemorative govino glass. And if its a clear night both Jupiter and Saturn will be visible! Cheers to a celebration of 151 Canada eh!

More information available here http://foreignaffairwinery.com/news/events/

Dates: June 29, 30 and July 1 from 7 pm to 11 pm

Location: Calamus Estate Winery

Cost: $15 per person, please call 905-562-9303 to reserve your spot

Best Ontario wine

 Joy and Bubbles

Come celebrate Canada Day alongside Featherstones winemaker David Johnson (P.S. it’s his birthday too!). The only time both premium sparkling wines will be open for tastings, Cuvée Joy 2012 and Cuvée Joy Rosé 2014. Enjoy a wood-fired pizza while you’re visiting on the veranda, menu available here

More information available here

Dates: June 30 and July 1 at 11 am to 5 pm

Location: Featherstone Estate Winery

Cost: Free admission, wine and food available for purchase on site

Henry of Pelham’s 30th Anniversary

How else would you celebrate your 30th Anniversary, other than with great wine, great food and live music? This Canada Day, join the Speck family in celebration of their big milestone. Live music by LMT Music Connection, HoP wine and the best BBQ will all be served up on the estate. Families all invited, children tickets available.

More information available here

Date: July 1 from 3 pm to 7 pm

Location: Henry of Pelham

Cost: $30 per adult, $15 per child, tickets available for purchase online here

 Muddy Paws Festival

What has four paws and can hold a glass of wine? You and your dog! Come join both Vineland Estate and Featherstone Estate Winery on a beautiful July weekend hiking the 20 minute Bruce Trail between properties. Well behaved leashed dogs are invited along to support the Bello Project . Food tokens and additional wine by the glass will be available for purchase at both properties.

More information available here

Date: July 7-8 from 12 pm to 5 pm

Location: Featherstone Estate Winery

and Vineland Estate Winery

Cost: $20 + HST, purchase online here

 Niagara-On-The-Lake Events

 

Lobster and Rosé Canada Day

Red and White outfits are getting remixed this Canada Day. Stratus hosts this year’s celebrations with “Smoked and Cracked” serving up the freshest lobsters with Stratus’ limited edition Cabernet Franc Rosé. Wear pink, wear white, wear whatever won’t show your butter or wine stains.

More information available here

Date: July 1, 2018 from 5 pm to 8 pm

Location: Stratus Vineyards

Cost: $150 per person, reservations required 905.468.1806

 Wine & Whisky Dinner

Just imagine, three perfectly crafted courses served amongst the barrels. Join the team at Wayne Gretzky’s to choose the best cocktail or wine paired with each course. Guests will vote after each course to crown the evenings winner, wine or whiskey which will it be?

More information available here

Date: July 27 at 6:30pm

Location: Wayne Gretzky Estate Winery & Distillery

Cost: $140 (+HST +gratuities) per person, purchase online here

Food Trucks & Popups

Kicking off this Saturday starts the summer of outdoor food and fun. Southbrook is hosting various food trucks every weekend, wine by the glass will be available for purchase. Come for the food and wine, stay for the goats and farm.

More information available here

Date: Every Saturday until September from 11:30 am to 5 pm

Location: Southbrook Vineyards 

Cost: Free admission, food and wine available for purchase

Make And Takes

Monday’s don’t have to suck if you’re drinking wine and having fun with your friends. Small Talk Vineyards has teamed up with We Felt That for a night of wine, cider and aromatherapy bracelets. Make your own bracelet, included in your ticket price, and take home with you to enjoy with your favourite essential oils.

More information available here

Date: July 23 at 6:30 pm

Location: Small Talk Vineyards 

Cost: $26.50 per person, purchase tickets online here

Food Truck Thursdays

Every Thursday from June until September, the new Lundy Manor Wine Cellars will be hosting local favourite food trucks to serve up some summer dishes. Enjoy a glass while you sit back and relax while someone else gets to do the cooking! Check on Lundy Manor’s social media to see which food trucks will be participating.

More information available here

Date: Every Thursday until September 12 pm to 6 pm

Location: Lundy Manor Wine Cellars 

Cost: Free admission, wine and food available for purchase

Journey of Flavours

A little bit of Italy in the heart of Niagara. Two Sisters hosts the afternoon event filled with flavours, sounds and sips all taking you to coastal Italia. Salute! More details to follow.

More information available here

Date: August 5

Location: Two Sisters Vineyard

Cost: TBD, reservations required 905.468.0592.