8 of the Best Vineyards and Wineries in Canada

Sip some fine wine this summer at one of the best vineyards and wineries Canada has to offer.

Canada is home to some truly remarkable wine regions with breathtaking scenery and delicious wines made right here on Canadian soil. There’s nothing better than sipping fresh wine outside under the warm summer sun, and as August winds down, now is the time to explore. Here are eight of the best vineyards and wineries in Canada, with each one offering visitors something different and unique.

Spend the day wine tasting this summer!

It’s time for some fun in the sun and a glass, or two, of wine. If you happen to be looking for something a little more sophisticated, wine tasting is the way to go. If you will be partaking in tastings, make sure you have a designated driver.

Jost Wineries

Jost Vineyards is the largest and oldest vineyard in Malagash, Nova Scotia. Located along the Northumberland shores, Jost Vineyards is considered a pioneer in Nova Scotia's wine industry. What’s great about Jost Vineyards is that they have wines for every occasion and palette. They make wine tasting both elegant and exciting. At the Jost Winery you can sip wine by their indoor/outdoor fire place, sit outside on the patio, rent a bike and explore the trails, or have a quiet picnic out in the vineyard. Explore the beauty that Nova Scotia has to offer while sampling Jost’s savoury wines.

Tawse Winery is a family-owned winery located in Vineland, Ontario. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Tawse Winery won ‘Canadian Winery of the Year’ by Canadian Wine Access Magazine. The wine that’s produced at Tawse Winery is exceptional. Their retail store and tasting bar is open seven days a week, with wine tasting beginning at 10 a.m. Both individual and group tours are available by appointment, upon request. Their fine wines are beyond impressive and are something you need to try this summer.

La Stella is a beautiful winery on Osoyoos Lake in British Columbia's breathtaking South Okanagan Valley. Aside from the beautiful view of the mountains, at La Stella you’ll enjoy great wine, delicious food and wonderful music. The Okanagan Valley is one of the best wine regions due to its unique climate and different latitudes and soils. La Stella produces unique one-of-a-kind wines, each with its own story. Their proprietary wines, Allegretto, Vivace and Maetoso are named after Italian musical notes to help convey their stories. This winery is a warm and welcoming place that you’ll fall in love with.

Quails Gate Estate is a family-run winery south of Kelowna, British Columbia in the Okanagan Valley. Quails Gate Estate provides you with one memorable wine tasting experience in yet another beautiful setting. Their Scenic Sensory Experience will expand both your knowledge of wine and your pallet on their beautiful outdoor balcony with the mesmerizing view of the Okanagan Lake. It’s recommended you dine at the Old Vines Restaurant and Wine Bar, which is known for its exceptional cuisine. It was also recently named one of the Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Canada from Open Table. There are also two properties available to rent, the Lake House and the Nest. Quails Gate Estate makes for the perfect getaway.

Huff Estates Winery, located in Bloomfield, Ontario, produces high-quality wines in its state-of-the-art facility. At Huff Estates Winery there are wine tastings, tours and a fantastic restaurant with both an indoor dining room and an outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard. There are musical performances every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., an Oeno gallery and a sculpture garden. This Ontario winery even has an inn with 21 rooms where you can stay the night. Even better, all guests receive a complimentary tasting. Huff Estates Winery is one place you must visit!

peller-estates

Peller Estates Winery is an internationally acclaimed winery with award winning wines. At this Ontario winery, located in Niagara-on-the-lake, you’ll not only drink incredible wine but you’ll also eat delectable food. The Peller Estates Winery Restaurant has a great view of the vineyard and a seasonal menu that’ll make your mouth water. Peller Estates Winery also offers a variety of tasting and wine experiences where you can learn about growing and tasting, pairing and serving and buying and cellaring. If you’re looking for extraordinary wine and food, this is the winery for you.

Domaine de Grand Pré is situated in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia. Here you’ll explore the vineyard and learn about the different grape varieties, taste vintage wines and relax on their pergola which has an amazing view of the Bay of Fundy. For dinner you can enjoy an incredible meal at the Le Caveau restaurant. On Thursdays during July and August, there’s live music on the patio. There’s also a handful of bed and breakfasts and inns in the area for you to stay. This summer explore the beauty of Nova Scotia and Domaine de Grand Pré.

Finally, Domaine des Cotes d’Ardoise is located in Dunham, Quebec and is the oldest operating vineyard in the province. This award-winning countryside vineyard is a great place to get away and relax. Domaine des Cotes d’Ardoise offers a variety of wine tasting packages where you’re able to try their red, white, rosé, late harvests and ice wines. In addition, the 15th annual sculpture exhibition presented by Nature et Creation is currently running until October 25. The exhibition features more than 130 masterpieces scattered around the vineyard. A nice dinner with some wine and a view of beautiful sculptures makes for the perfect evening.

Visiting one of these Canadian wineries make for a great way to spend the day and even the night. Throw in some beautiful weather and great company, and you have yourself one unforgettable excursion.

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