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Places to Find Ontario Wine
Across Canada and Around the Globe
Ontario VQA has gone global. Check out this list of where you can find Ontario VQA wine in Canada and abroad.
goLocal at the LCBO
Ontario wines rule at LCBOs goLocal microsite: You’ll find wine information, recipes, videos, blogs, contests and more at lcbogolocal.com.
Local Fare & Adventure
For locals and travellers alike, Feast ON is a criteria-based designation program that recognizes businesses committed to showcasing Ontario's unique tastes of place through their procurement, partnership, and participation activities. From food trucks to fine dining establishments, Feast ON helps consumers learn about, find, and experience restaurants of all shapes and sizes that have become "Certified Tastes of Ontario".
Looking for a farmers’ market in your area? A U-pick? A local fair? Find it at harvestontario.com.
International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration
A group of wineries dedicated to raising the profile of cool-climate Canadian Chardonnay. Seriously cool, indeed. Find them at coolchardonnay.ca.
Lake Erie North Shore ~
If you are planning a visit to the Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wineries this is a great way to go. The EPIC passport provides special offers from each of the 10 participating wineries as well as from select restaurants, Bed & Breakfast accommodations, and local tours. Other features of the passport include an easy to use mini-map with winery details and the chance to win a $400 VIP Wine Country experience.
Niagara Region Bicycling Map
Cycle to vineyards and wineries, through trails and off the beaten road to find hidden treasures. Plan your next Niagara cycling adventure by viewing the Niagara Region's Bike Map. The Niagara Region Bicycle Map is also available in an app for iPhone users that uses GPS to show your location on the map.
Niagara Wine Festival
Choose from three annual 'Wine Country' celebrations of Niagara's internationally acclaimed grape and wine industry; January's Icewine Festival, June's New Vintage Festival and September's Niagara Wine Festival. From Twenty Valley to Niagara-on-the-Lake, our calendar of events will keep you coming back and exploring Niagara. Visit niagarawinefestival.com for details.
Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
Food serves to connect us with the land, our heritage and the people around us. It is a diverse and dynamic channel for sharing stories, forming relationships and building communities. By combining local food and drink with travel, culinary tourism offers both locals and tourists alike an authentic taste of our bountiful province while contributing to a sustainable world economy. Visit ontarioculinary.com for more information
Planning your visit to wine country. To make your planning easier, look for the 'book now' button on winery pages to book your tour, tasting or event. The easy-to-use booking tool is a great way to plan your trip. For all Ontario wineries particpating, visit vinovisit.com.
Visa Infinite Welcomes you to Wine Country
Once again Visa Infinite rasies the bar with a new collection of experiences that prompt to delight, enchant and amaze with the launch of the new Visa Infinite Wine Country Experiences program. Visa Infinite has collaborated with Wine Country Ontario to give cardholders access to special benefits at over 25 wineries, including complimentary tastings, exclusive winery experiences, discounts and more. For the list of benefits and special events click here.
Tips on Wines to Buy
Award-wining Ontario VQA Wine
View this list of our award-wining wines.
Spotlight Toronto is an online content hub dedicated to food, wine, events and culture. It’s a great place to find out where to go and what to do in Ontario. Visit spotlighttoronto.com.
winealign.com answers the question: "What wine do I buy?". WineAlign is a fast-growing community that combines thousands of reviews from top critics to help you find the best wine at any price at the LCBO.
Order Online from Different Wineries
Many wineries offer direct ordering and shipping from their websites. Check your favourite winery's website to enquire.
If you'd like to to order from multiple wineries in one shipment, visit WineryToHome.com. WineryToHome.com sells hundreds of Ontario VQA wines online, delivering anywhere in Ontario. In Canada's largest VQA marketplace, you can choose your own wines or subscribe to their Wine of the Month Club (www.wineofthemonthclub.ca) shipping all across Canada. All wines are reviewed and approved by wine critics Tony Aspler and David Lawrason.
Wines In Niagara
Wines In Niagara is a website that focuses primarily on the wonderful wines and food made in the Niagara Peninsula. The mission is to be as complete, current, interactive and informative.
Industry & Winery Associations
It’s true that “good things grow in Ontario.” But did you know that Foodland Ontario also offers information on when our homegrown foods are in peak season—and what to make when you get them? Check out Foodland Ontario for recipes, facts, news and a handy “Availability Guide,” which lets you know when fruits and vegetables are at their peak.
Grape Growers of Ontario
The Grape Growers of Ontario represents more than 500 Ontario farm families who are proud to grow the wines you love. Like them on Facebook and hear the stories of Ontario's grape growers.
Ontario Wine Society
Can’t make it to wine country? The Ontario Wine Society—with chapters in Toronto, Niagara, Halton, Windsor, Essex/Pelee Island and Prince Edward County—brings tastings to your neck of the woods. Find out when and where at ontariowinesociety.com.
Regional wine associations
Most of our growing regions have great information on their areas, such as feature stories on wineries, news and full event listings.
See them here:
Apple Pie Trail: applepietrail.ca
Visit Grey County: visitgrey.ca
Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake: wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com
Twenty Valley Tourism Association: twentyvalley.ca
Lake Erie North Shore & Pelee Island: epicwineries.com
Prince Edward County Taste Trail: tastetrail.ca
The source for information about Ontario’s appellation system—and lots more! Visit them at vqaontario.ca.