Friday Two Cents: Visiting Local Communities in Ontario Part 5


  A couple of weeks ago I posted about going to Niagara-on-the-lake. At the time I went with my family and I could not visit any wineries. But the second time I went with friends and this time we visited a couple of wineries on top of Niagara-on-the-lake, Niagara Falls and the casino.  

  We began our excursion into the world of wines at Hillebrand Winery. There we enjoyed a wonderful tour of the winery and we learned a bit about the winery and at that they make sparkling wine in the French style.   We all know it as Champaign but because we are not in the region of Champaign, France you cannot call it that, so they call it sparkling wine. They motioned that they make thousands of bottles of sparkling wine there and we were shown the wine cellar where there must have been tens of thousands of sparkling wine bottles.

Wine Tasting

  After we had a structured wine tasting with a white, red and an ice wine. The tour and wine tasting was very well done but of course I enjoyed the tasting the most. Following the tasting we went into the wine store where they had a vast selection of wines from the winery. These wines are not sold in the LCBO but just at the winery or their specialty wine stores around the province.

  With some wine bought and our stomachs reminding us that lunch was here, we made our way down to Niagara-on-the-lake. There we were able to find a parking spot near the park by the lake and enjoy a wonderful picnic. After the meal we did enjoy the town but did not stay long because we wanted to visit one more winery.

  Peller Estates Winery was our next stop. We had another tour and wine tasting but we also enjoyed a great winery experience. Their wine was amazing as was the ice wine but learning about the history of wine region and tasting different wines that I normally would not drink was worth the trip. Not to mention I got a great bottle of Riesling Ice Wine from there, added to my experience (I did promise to share the wine with my friend though).

  With evening fast approving we got into the car and made our way to Niagara Falls. A trip to the region is incomplete without a trip to the Falls and this was not exception. I have been going the Falls from when I was a young boy and yet they continue to bring joy to my world. I guess knowing that I have this beautiful natural wonder right at my door step makes me feel that all is right in the world.

  In recent years they have added a casino to the Niagara Falls landscape. I am not much of a gambler and neither were my friends but I did mention that they do have a wonderful buffet in the casino. So naturally after we visited the Falls we made our way to the casino and the buffet. While I was sitting in the restaurant finishing my desert (Coconut cream pie, Yum) I had to reflect on the day. We had beautiful weather, two wine tours and tastings, a picnic by the lake, a walk by Niagara Falls, a good dinner at the casino all with the company of friends. All of this only an hour and a half from home. Who needs to go away on vacation when you have all this within driving distance.


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