Self-Guided Winery Tours
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Guided Winery Tours
Our intimate, guided winery tours are perfect for a couple’s weekend, an afternoon with the girls, or other special occasion. You’ll have the chance to safely explore distinctly different areas of Niagara, from the lush vineyards and quiet country roads of Four Mile Creek to the hilly areas of the St. David’s Bench.
A typical tour includes visits to four of the region’s most renowned wineries (from the small boutiques to internationally recognized brands), and tastings to delight your palette. You’ll also enjoy a full picnic featuring a delicious meal, with a selection of snacks and locally grown, seasonal fruits, on our Lunch Tour, and a Cheese Pairing on our Afternoon Tour.
Routes for Guided Wine Tours
Niagara River Terroir
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Length: 12 to 15 km
The easiest and most visually appealing tour on our list also infuses history into our travels. The route we’ll follow from Queenston to Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake is the very same one British soldiers marched in the War of 1812 in a pivotal battle to defend Fort George from an imminent American invasion. Take your pick from many wineries to visit on this path, including The Ice House Winery, Riverview Cellars, Inniskillin Wines, Reif Estate Winery, Lailey Winery, Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant and Two Sisters Vineyards.
The Niagara River Terroir tour takes us along a smooth, paved bike path away from the bustling traffic, making it an attractive route for beginner riders due to the slower, controlled speed. With fruit orchard blossoms providing a magnificent backdrop throughout the spring, there’s also ample opportunity for photography and a private picnic with food from Walker’s Farm Market. The route has even seen many wedding proposals, so if you’re thinking of popping the question, this is the one to take!
Four Mile Creek
Difficulty Level: Beginner to Advanced
Length: 10 to 12 kilometres
This scenic, leisurely ride departs from Vino Velo and ventures up Four Mile Creek Road, into farm country that was once dotted with fruit orchards and later converted to lush vineyards. We’ll visit Lakeview Diamond Wine Company, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery, Pondview Estate winery, and Trius Winery & Restaurant to taste some savory selections. The smooth, flat terrain makes this a popular route for riders of any level ranging from beginner to advanced and presents a great opportunity for roadies to get out and burn off some steam before digging into a delicious bar lunch at Wayne Gretzky Estates (included with price).
Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Length: Approx. 20 km
This peaceful ride along the lakeshore takes us deep into the heart of traditional Niagara fruit country, where peach and cherry trees abound and a variety of types of grapes grow in lush vineyards.
We’ll enjoy a farm fiesta at Small Talk Vineyards, which has some of Niagara’s best food trucks visit from spring through fall. Savour a tasty bite of gourmet fare from Red Nex food truck on weekends with your wine of choice before moving on to Konzelmann Estate, Niagara’s only lakefront winery on the shores of Lake Ontario. Then it’s on to Hinterbrook, where you can share your adventure with the world by designing your very own custom NOMAD wine label and enjoy a catered picnic lunch featuring food from selected local vendors. Our last stop is at Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery, where you’ll be offered some of the most delicious ironwood cider that will ever pass your lips.
The lakeshore tour also takes us along quiet country roads on flat terrain. We recommend the full 20-kilometre route to intermediate riders looking for a distance challenge, but the route can be adjusted to cater to beginners, replacing the jaunt to Konzelmann with a visit to Niagara Oast House Brewers on Niagara Stone Road.
St. David’s Bench
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 - 6 hours
A tour along the bench is popular with photographers and explorers alike, as it’s a stunningly beautiful in the fall, when the expansive 150-foot escarpment explodes with colour as the leaves turn.
Departing from the former Fire Hall on York Road and traveling along the base of the escarpment past Chocolate F/X (where chocolate lovers will have an opportunity to purchase some decadent treats), then to Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, Chateau Des Charmes, Colaneri Estate Winery, and Coyote’s Run to sample some enticing selections. The picturesque views of the escarpment, a stop at a well-known chocolate lover’s paradise and diverse selection of renowned wines make this a can’t-miss tour if you’d like to see an unforgettable area of Niagara.