The holidays have come and gone but the joy of the Winter season is still in the air! With snow-capped Falls and a storybook winter wonderland atmosphere, Niagara is the perfect destination to embrace and celebrate the great outdoors. For wine lovers, traveling to Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect destination to sip, savour and socialize with friends and family.
For many Ontarians, January can mean slush covered roads, but for locals, to the Niagara Region, it also means icewine and everything icewine related. For visitors looking to explore Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, there are a number of winter festivals and events to get you through the cold months, making your January and February a breeze to get through.
Niagara Icewine Festival
On January 11th the Annual Icewine Festival kicked off with the Icewine Gala held at the Fallsview Casino & Resort. The festival that runs three weekends in January will feature over 3 dozen wineries each featuring new wines and culinary pairings. The Discovery Pass gives visitors access to over 40 wineries – both small and large – to taste a bit of Niagara. Passes can be purchased online http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/
For wine lovers who are looking to explore the Niagara Region, but prefer fewer crowds, there are a number of wintery-wine events around the region happening over the months of January and February. Below are some of the wineries hosting their own intimate experiences.
Monday Date Night
Every Monday night until May 13th, couples can enjoy a customized menu paired with award-winning wines at Trius Winery.
There is no greater feeling when you can enjoy a deluxe – fab menu and experience, for half the price! Wednesday night at Trius Winery, visitors can enjoy their farm-to-table menu items paired with half priced bottles of wine. Half price bottles are served during lunch and dinner.
Lace Up Your Skates
There is nothing better than getting in some outdoor recreational skating with friends and family. All winter long, Wayne Gretzky Winery opens its rink for the young and old to enjoy. Make sure to visit their Whisky Bar Patio with customized cocktails and outdoor firepit while you’re there!
Hike In The Vineyard
Go behind the scenes of the winemaking magic as you explore the vines, soils, and history of winemaking in Niagara at Peller Estates. Put on your comfy shoes and wool mittens as this tour will take you on a 1-hour adventure across the property of Peller Estates Winery. For details, visit their website
For more information on winery related events around the Niagara region, please visit the Niagara-on-the-Lake event website.