Ontario’s Wine Country

Niagara-on-the-Lake is often seen as a perfect romantic getaway amidst Ontario’s wine country and a short drive from Niagara Falls. For one of my last weekends in Canada my friend and I hung out in this little town that is a piece of Canadian history.

The main attraction in Niagara-on-the-Lake is wineries. You can grab vouchers from hotels and online if you plan well for free tastings, as they can add up and be expensive. I loved learning about how the wine is made and checking out the grapes. Niagara region is known for their ice wine which is also more expensive, as it has to be harvested at the perfect time and temperature during the winter months. Ice wine is a dessert wine and is definitely worth the price. I especially love it drizzled over french vanilla ice cream as a real treat!

One of the wineries we visited on this trip was Kozelmann Winery which has quite the history as Kozlemann himself was a German man who moved to this region and started this winery that was then passed on through generations and still operates today.
The building looks like a European castle only adding more charm and the free tour we got was informative and entertaining.

The vineyards at Konzelmann Winery

The area of Niagara-on-the-Lake is quite quaint and everything is within walking distance. There are great restaurants, ice cream shops and boutiques for exploring. Although its a hot spot in the summer it’s also just as great in the winter (my first time visiting was in the winter a few years ago). Some wineries are set right on the lake, making for great views and perfect spots for a picnic. As most of Southern Ontario the nature here is stunning and relaxing for the summer. You can rent bikes or go for strolls. I prefer this area much more to the kitschy Niagara Falls which is more family friendly, while NOTL is perfect for couples.

The view across the lake towards Toronto

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