The Niagara Peninsula has a strong reputation as a wine region on par with European vineyards – it’s an ideal latitude for grape-growing and thrives on a controlled micro-climate. So any opportunity for the local vineyards to showcase their wines is always noteworthy.
For nearly fifteen years now, the vineyards around Niagara-on-the-Lake have collaborated in a month-long event known as ‘Taste the Season’. Across the weekends of November every year, the two dozen wineries that encircle Niagara-on-the-Lake offer tasting events and holiday-inspired specialities at their estates, in an elaborate celebration of the tail-end of the busy harvest season.
Niagara Wine Tour
Single-day tours can be an ideal way to see a wide variety of what the Niagara region has to offer. Magnificent Tours is the most popular choice, offering group tours in comfortable coaches that visit a half-dozen vineyards from morning until evening in a full circuit. For an exercise in indulgence such as these tours, being driven around without having to plan the next leg is definitely the ideal option.
Wine and Food Pairings
The offerings at each vineyard are specially developed so that the VQA wine is perfectly matched with gourmet treats. As an example, the Reif Estate (featured on the Magnificent Tours circuit mentioned above) matches a 2009 Back Vintage Riesling Icewine (icewines are a particular speciality in the Niagara region) with jalapeno pepper flatbread topped with Niagara pear, brie and icewine apricot glaze. Other vineyards might use seafood, gourmet deli meats or other exotica to compliment the various flavours of their wines, so that every vineyard has its own distinct offering.
Magnificent Tours Taste of Seasons Tour
Touring passes and tickets are made widely available for use in visiting the vineyards, and coach services like Magnificent Tours make it easier to move about the different locations. With nearly thirty vineyards to choose from across November, the Taste the Season is a celebration of local food and wine that never fails to impress.
Guests staying at the Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa qualify for a discount on Taste of Season wine tours, saving over $40 per couple.
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