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The Trip We Planned

but never took


Sometimes life gets in the way and the best of plans go by the way. Such was the case the summer of 2014. We had plans to spend three weeks in the Okanagan another three days on a separate trip to the Similkameen Valley. We also planned a third trip to the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario. I had three day surgeries and my wife had major surgery. My dental surgery wiped out the entire travel budget.

Here is the way I hoped our Ontario trip would have gone.

On the morning of July 5th we would have flown from Vancouver to Toronto. We would have stayed at the dinning in the Epic enjoying a "wine flights" featuring Ontario wines. The next morning off to Niagara Falls by train. Here we would rent a car and drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake the heart of the Ontario wine country. We would have taken the Niagara Parkway along the river. and if time permitted stop at some of the major attractions along the way. The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens has a number of lovely gardens along the route as well as a butterfly conservatory.

We would check into the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast (one of our sponsors) and prepare ourselves for the following day visiting wineries

Wineries we would like to have visited

Inniskillin winery would be our first stop due to its historic position and reputation in the Canadian wine industry Also how how could one pass up the opportunity to try there icewines.

Reif Estate Winery would be our next stop. Last time we were here we arrived just as the doors were been closed for the night. The Reif is a well established winery with a very good and well establish wine cellar.

Peller Estates would be next for a late lunch. Another of the well established Canadian wide wineries. You can't miss this one

Leaning Post one of the new up and coming Niagara wineries. We will be featuring the winery in our 2015 Wineries to Watch report.

Organized Crime Winery seems like a logical next chose The name alone suggests a visit. However I hear they make a darn good Pinot Noir.

It would now be time to return a the B&B relax and see what the town has to offer. For sure we will be off to one or more Shaw Festival events.


Day two Vineland

Tawse Winery... the winery opened its doors in 2005 and became one of Canadians most successful and award winning wineries. It was names Winery of the year for three consecutive.

Vineland Estate Another of Canada's elite wineries (also a sponsor). Looking forward to tasting these wines. Vineland was Niagara’s first winery restaurants and a forerunner of Niagara’s flourishing wine and culinary scene. Lunch of course

The Foreign Affair Winery once again how could you pass by a winery with a name like this. I would look forward to tasting wines made in time-held tradition of Amarone,.

Featherstone Estate Winery I have heard some any good reports on this winery and its wines it would be a must stop!

Day three

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery One can't miss this winery owned by the renowned winemaker Sue Ann Staff. Tasting her Robert’s Block Riesling would be a highlight. We would also like to see the "Staff Mountain Bell" one of only 500 very rare cold weather bells made in Birmingham England in 1869

Le Clos Jordanne This is a very unique winery. We would have to have contacted them in hopes of been shown the winery. Boisset, La Famille des Grands Vins, of Nuits-St-Georges, France, and Constellation Brands have joined together to create this winery.

Day 4

Colaneri Estate Winery The magnificent and perhaps Ontario's largest winery was designed by Nick Colaneri. The concept was to construct a huge C-shaped structure, to represent the C in Colaneri, and to base the design on their Italian roots

Coyote's Run Estate Winery a small craft winery located on a picturesque vineyard outside the town of St. David 's in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Owned and operated by Jeff and Patti Aubry, they are dedicated to producing wines of quality and distinction that are representative of their unique terroir and microclimate.

The rest of the day a break from the wineries time to explore some attractions of the region Perhaps visit a historical for or aura Secord Homestead.

Day 5

Hernder Estate Winery

Hernder Estate Wines yes would would return to this winery Were we had such a good time on our previous Ontario visit. Hope to meet fun loving winemaker Lydia Tomek

Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery another interning winery with a great reputation. The winery was established with our first vintage in 1988. 

SouthBrook Winery Southbrook Vineyards is the epitome and evolution of Marilyn and Bill Redelmeier's love story with wine, the land, and all things “local.” The winery is situated on a 150-acre vineyard in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula. The winery design is unique and award winning


There is never enough time and so many other fantastic wineries to visit. Please e-mail us and tell us about your visits to the Ontario wineries It would now be time to return to Toronto and a flight home

Maybe next year

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