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Harvest Hot-Spots

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Tawse

Autumn is upon us and the grapes are ready to come off the vine! It is harvest time in Niagara and that means plenty of great sight-seeing and wine tasting experiences for all (especially the locals as tourism season comes to a close!) This is the time of year that you can indulge in a wine tasting without braving the crowds of summer.

Tawse Winery

This winery is gravity fed which means all eyes on winemaking with their spectacular glass window that overlooks the production space. In addition, their walkable property gives you a great view of the vineyards, their biodynamic work force (sheep!) and the crush pad at the back of the winery. Plenty to see and learn!

Colaneri

The tasting space at Colaneri overlooks the production space below in a loft set-up that gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the winemaking process. Ask their knowledgeable tasting associates as you indulge in a sip and savour the fruit of the vine in the first stages of becoming wine.

Five Rows

A small operation, this winery is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys the love story of the winemaking process. Each member of their small team is full of passion and the winemaking process happens in the tasting space that is surrounded by the estate vineyards. In addition to checking out the winery in person, you can read winemaker Wes Lowry’s blog here.

Ravine Vineyards

While the winemaking process is less visible, there is something whimsical about watching the grapes come in from the vineyard while you sip a beautiful wine and indulge in wood-fired pizza. It is one of those ‘only in Niagara’ experiences that’s a right of passage for locals and visitors alike. The meticulously maintained property has plenty to offer including ping-pong (to keep the kiddies busy while you enjoy the last sips of that decadent red you’ve been nursing!)

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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