Toronto is an incredibly cosmopolitan city that offers visitors a wide variety of things to do in Toronto. There are so many options to choose from, including sightseeing, restaurants, and museums to explore; but some people may not know that it also boasts a vibrant wine industry. There are many wineries and winery tours to experience around Toronto.
Below, Toronto Escapes has compiled a list of some of the top spots to experience the best wines in Canada. Enjoy!
Inniskillin Wines-Inniskillin is Canada’s original estate winery with over 35 years in operation. With two locations in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and the Okhanagan Valley, British Columbia you will be sure to enjoy an authentic Toronto winery experience. Their specialty is VQA table wines and Icewines.
Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery-Founded in 1993, Jackson-Triggs is dedicated to proving quality, value and tradition. Having won numerous awards, they are also widely recognized for hosting their Signature Events, such as the Niagara: Summer Concert Series which features live musical performances in an open-air amphitheater , as well as the Niagara: Savour the Sights series, which offers a gastronomic 5-course meal experience accompanied by fine wines.
Magnotta Winery-At Magnotta you will be able to tour 75,000 sq ft of production and bottling space. Their facilities also boast an underground cellar displaying vintage wines and authentic historical copper tools that were used in barrel making.
Peller Estates Winery-The 2014 Winery of the Year provides wine tours and tastings, including a variety of activities and themed tours such as “Seasonal Sensations”, “Beyond the Bottle”, “Estate Reds”, and “Icewine &Cusine”. Also enjoy their Zagat-rated Peller Estates Winery Restaurant.
The Wine Butler-Have a blast making your own wine! At The Wine Butler, you will have a chance to actively participate in the winemaking process, including bottling and labelling your bottle of wine. Enjoy your own personal handcrafted wine!
Wine Tours Toronto- Explore Niagara wine country with Wine Tours Toronto! This is a great way to enjoy wine tasting without having to worry about driving. Wine Tours Toronto will hand pick 4-5 wineries from a list of the 20 best vineyards around Toronto to take you on a custom-made wine tour. Ask about their featured “Celebrate the Spring” wine tour.
Niagara Vintage Wine Tours- Another great tour operator you can choose from to sightsee the best of Toronto’s wine country. Get a world class educational and interactive culinary wine experience from owner’s who have over 20 years of experience in the Toronto area.
For those who want to try Canadian wines but don’t want to take a day trip, there are wine bars that specialize in local wines.
Ciao Wine Bar-Enjoy an authentic Italian experience in this 3-story rustic-inspired bar. Pair your favorite Italian bites with an extensive wine list.
Carens Wine and Cheese Bar- At Carens, enjoy a pairing a vast selections of wine with cheese and French fare.
So there you have it, a list of wine-related things to do in Toronto. Enjoy a region with a rich tradition in wine-making. Drink responsibly!