Estate Winery

Winery - Purple Grapes

Fall for Niagara day tours include a stop at one of the famous estate wineries.  With a commentary by your Niagara Falls bus tour guide, you will drive through the orchard and vineyard country.  When you come to the winery, you’ll be able to view their wine cellar and vineyards.  They will offer complimentary tasting of two table wine samples and two desert wine samples.  For passengers under 19 years old or others who don’t drink wine, they generally have a non-alcoholic grape juice to try instead.

The Niagara region is one of the few fruit growing areas of Canada.  Because of its location between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and shelter from the Niagara escarpment, a micro-climate exists with more temperate winters.  Together with the topography and soil structure, this unique climate allows for many varieties of grapes and table wines, with over 130 wineries in the region.  Our warm summers and colder winters are also the ideal climate for ice wine production.  The grapes are actually left on the vine until the middle of winter, usually in January, when they are picked at temperatures below -10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit).  They are crushed when frozen solid resulting in a more concentrated, sweet, flavorful product.

Many visitors to Niagara Falls will have a new experience on our Chariots of Fire tour as they hear about and try this world renowned ice wine.