A Taste of Ontario
Total mileage/Average drive time
264 miles, 6 hours, 7 minutes
Ontario's southern region is home to some of the finest vineyards in Canada. Start this wine tour on Pelee Island, check out the wineries in St. Thomas and finish at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
1. Pelee Island - Starting Point
Located in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, Pelee Island appeals to wine experts and nature enthusiasts alike. On the same latitude as other prestigious wine growing regions of the world, Pelee Island, with its mild climate, has a thriving wine culture and is home to the oldest estate winery in Canada.
2. St. Thomas - 127 miles, 3 hours, 49 minutes
In St. Thomas, tour one of the many wineries in the region, dine at a friendly café serving local and regional foods, or indulge in a Copper Ale at the Railway City Brewing Company, which takes pride in its handcrafted beers made only with locally grown hops and Ontario-sourced malted grains. Purchase local agricultural products at Seasonal Saturday Horton Farmers' Market. All of the farmers who sell goods at the venue grow their crops within 37 miles (60 kilometers) of the market site.
3. Niagara-on-the-Lake - 137 miles, 2 hours, 18 minutes
Explore the wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a wine lover's paradise. Travel throughout the region and savor the nuanced differences between the wineries. Be sure to try ice wine, which is made after the grapes have frozen on the vine and results in an extraordinarily sweet dessert wine that is considered the Nectar of the Gods among wine connoisseurs.