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Wine novices and connoisseurs alike will enjoy this full-day Canadian wine tour.
Stroll through vineyards, sample superb wines and savour mouth-watering cuisine while surrounded by the natural beauty of the Annapolis Valley.
The day includes tours of and wine tastings at three award-winning wineries beginning with a “grape to bottle” tour at Blomidon Estate Winery. Plus, enjoy a special two course gourmet lunch at Restaurant Le Caveau, named one of the world’s top 20 winery restaurants! Shop the winery boutiques with your complimentary wine tote bag.
You’ll also visit Fox Hill Cheese House, where you’ll find something tasty from specialty cheddar to herbed havarti, as well as the enchanting Tangled Garden where herbs and fruit are transformed into mouth-watering jams and jellies (and much more) to enhance any meal!
Country: Canada Region: Nova Scotia
from $ 98 pp
Discover Niagara region and meet local wine makers with this full-day wine tour.
Discover what makes the region's vineyards able to grow the varietals of Burgundy, Germany, and Champagne so well that Europe is starting to get jealous. Enjoy crisp Riesling, Chardonnay, and complex, tasty Pinot Noir and the prized Cabernet Franc. Not to mention the ice wine! Local food and an expert guide will make your visit truly incomparable.
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Toronto and be taken to Niagara.
Visit 3 wineries, one small, one medium, and a large production winery, giving you a good cross-section of the different vineyards in the region. A special tasting flight and tours of the winery will be arranged as well as a cheese or charcuterie pairing. Ample information will be provided by your guide about the climate and geology of the region, the regulations and traditions of Ontario’s viticulture, and it's importance to Canada's identity.
Enjoy a delicious locally-sourced lunch in Niagara-on-the-lake or at one of the vineyards’ farm-to-table restaurants.
After visiting the final vineyard, you will be taken back to your accommodation in Toronto in time for dinner, or perhaps you want to stay the weekend. (Please get in touch here)
Please note: You can also choose to visit Niagara Falls ($55 CAD)
Country: Canada Region: Ontario
from $ 298 pp
Enjoy a guided tour of Toronto with Robert, your friendly personal guide and driver who will be at your disposal for the duration of your tour.
Throughout the day and with your expert guide, discover Toronto, the cosmopolitan capital of Ontario and the Niagara Wine Region, with its wine, beer and food culture and its architectural marvels that made the city world-famous including the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
Make your way around downtown in a private vehicle and stop off at great places like the entertainment district, St. Lawrence Market, the Steam Whistle Brewery and the distillery district.
Toronto is well-known for its abundance and variety of Canadian and international culinary delights. At the stop at St. Lawrence Market you will be able to sample and buy foods most loved by locals and visitors alike.
Visit one of Toronto's most sought-after attractions for beer lovers with a guided tour at the Steam Whistle Brewery. The brewery offers tours covering the history of the building, the origin of the company and the brewing process. Enjoy a tasting of the company's Bavarian style pilsner brew.
In the historical distillery district learn about the history of this unique heritage district which, for over 100 years, was the largest distillery in the British Empire and is now Canada's largest centre for arts and culture.
Country: Canada Region: Ontario
from $ 302 pg
Discover Prince Edward County in Canada with this full-day wine tour.
After pick-up from your accommodation in Toronto in the morning, journey to Prince Edward County for the day.
You'll visit three wineries (4 if time allows), including a small, medium, and large production winery, to give you a good cross-section of the different vineyards in the region. Enjoy a winery tour and tasting at each vineyard with charcuterie or cheese pairing.
Your guide will provide ample information about the climate and geology of the PEC wine region, trends of winemaking, and the wines which you'll taste.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at Norman Hardie's award winning winery. Lunch consist of pizza from a wood burning oven and grown-on-site salad on the terrace.
You will have time to see the rural countryside and visit the beach if you desire.
After visiting the final vineyard, return to your accommodation in Toronto.
Please note: Pizzeria is closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and during the Winter. If not available, another locally-sourced lunch option will be provided.
Country: Canada Region: Ontario
from $ 320 pp
Explore Niagara's wine as you embark on this half-day tour with your friendly guide and driver and become an expert in Canadian wines
Discover one of the most beautiful wine regions in Canada and visit 3 wineries while soaking up the breathtaking views of the Niagara Falls region. You'll take part in an unforgettable experience of learning, dining and wine tasting.
You will be picked up from your nominated location in Toronto or North York with a private vehicle. You'll then be driven to Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Valley Region to explore a few of the region's many wineries.
Your first stop will be at the impressive Angels Gate winery. Look out across the rolling vineyards and beautiful Lake Ontario and enjoy these magnificent views whilst you sample some of the wines on offer.
Next, drive onwards to the intriguing boutique winery, The Organized Crime winery. Enjoy a wine tasting and discover all there is to know about the wines from the winery's owner, Krystyna Tarasewicz.
Last, but not least, the final stop will be at the Good Earth Vineyard & Winery, a little piece of paradise tucked down a quiet farm lane, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch before heading back to Toronto.
Country: Canada Region: Ontario
from $ 566 pg
Day 1 - Fraser Valley – Similkameen Valley - Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley
This wine tour begins in Fraser Valley, a thriving agriculture area with picturesque farms nestled in natural wilderness and fields. Your first stop is a visit to the historic Fort Langley & Village, a National Historic Site which played a major role in the development of British Columbia. Afterwards, explore the charming village of Fort Langley with its many antique stores and boutiques.
Next stop is at Bridal Falls. This 122m waterfall, the sixth largest in Canada, tumbles down the mountain’s face at Bridal Falls Provincial Park. On the way to the Okanagan Valley, you'll pass through The Similkameen Valley. The fertile soil and sunny climate of this region allows farmers to grow exceptional fruits and vegetables and makes it one of the finest growing areas in North America. The valley is rich in western heritage and gold mining history.The town of Keremeos is known as the fruit-stand capital of Canada. From June to October, the main road through town is filled with local fruit and vegetable stands. You will visit one of the fruit wineries in the area. Upon arrival in the Southern Okanagan Valley you will stay overnight at a lakefront resort in Osoyoos, Canada’s warmest region.
Day 2 - Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley
Start the day with a visit to Nk’Mip Heritage Cultural Centre. Built into the hillside, this cultural centre features stunning views of the southern Okanagan Valley. Learn about the Okanagan First Nations’ habitation with on-site tours of a traditional village, performances and interactive displays. While there you also get an opportunity to visit North America’s first First Nation’s owned and operated winery, Nk’Mip Wine Cellars, for a tasting.
At lunch time, you will take a remarkable culinary journey through Canada’s only desert which begins at Osoyoos Lake and continues through Canada’s only pocket desert, organic fields and vineyards and ends at a biodynamic farm. A farm-to-table lunch will be waiting for you, including various fresh, locally-grown food paired with outstanding wines to nourish the senses.
Day 3 - Naramata, Okanagan Valley
Before leaving the southern Okanagan, you will stop at Osoyoos Desert Centre, an extraordinary habitat and Canada’s only desert: one of North America’s most fragile and endangered ecosystems. Despite its small size, it is a true desert environment with native plants and reptiles such as rattlesnakes. A guided walk on an elevated boardwalk highlights the natural features. Next, you will visit Tinhorn Creek Winery (winner of 250+ international medals) for a wine tasting and lunch at their renowned restaurant Miradoro voted one of the best winery restaurants in the world by Wine Access magazine.
Continue north to the beautiful Naramata region where you will spend the afternoon and visit several boutique wineries for tastings. The vineyards are situated on the hills overlooking Okanagan Lake, a truly spectacular setting. Spend the night in a historic heritage inn in the charming village of Naramata situated by the lake and an impressive gourmet Winemaker’s Dinner will be served this evening.
Day 4 - Kelowna, Okanagan Valley
Begin the day by driving north to tour some of the many wineries around the town of Kelowna. Tour and tasting at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, recognised as “world-class” by the International Food & Wine Magazine. Mission Hill Winery offers spectacular panoramic views of Okanagan Lake, awe-inspiring architecture and award-winning wines. Visit an artisan cheese maker, a family operated dairy producing various selections of premium goat cheeses and where we get to taste some delicious cheeses.
Enjoy a spectacular lunch, tour and tasting at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. This winery features organic winemaking at its best and is Canada’s largest certified organic vineyard. You will have the afternoon free to enjoy as you wish, and enjoy your overnight stay at a lakefront hotel in Kelowna.
Day 5 - Harrison Hot Springs
After a leisurely morning you will head back east through the majestic mountain range and through the ranching region of Nicola Valley. Stop for lunch on your own in the town of Merritt; “The Country Music Capital of Canada”. Arrive at the final destination for the day; Harrison Hot Springs. With a spectacular lakeside setting, this town was settled in the 1850s and is known for its natural hot springs and mountain views. It is a peaceful getaway for relaxation and your lakefront resort in Harrison Hot Springs will provide just that.
Day 6 - Vancouver
After breakfast, return to Vancouver.
Photo Credits: Barrels: Donita Dyers; Unsworth, Glacier, Lake3, Mission Hill: Christophe Kassardjian; Okanagan: Thomas Andersson
Country: Canada Region: British Columbia
from $ 2258 pp
Wine and culinary adventurers from around the world come to explore Okanagan wineries and restaurants. The Okanagan Valley, British Columbia's oldest and largest wine producing area, has some of the best cuisine in the country. Here, vineyards thrive at a 50° latitude, one the most Northern locations suitable for wine making! Wine styles are reminiscent of those found in Old World countries such as Germany, Austria, France, Italy but also New World, such as New Zealand and Australia.
Though Okanagan Valley lies on the same latitude as the Champagne region in France and the Mosel region in Germany, the valley is not all classified as a cool climate growing region. Lake Okanagan, the largest lake in the region mitigates the cool weather patterns, making it one of the warmest regions in Canada. Given the microclimate variation throughout the valley the region is divided into five sub-regions, which also represent the yet to be recognized appellations: Okangan-Kelowna, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Golden Mile and Black Sage/Osoyoos.
Okanagan Valley has a lot more to offer aside for its fantastic food&wines. Lake Okanagan, is the backbone of the valley with major attractions and activities, ranging from golf courses, water sports, ski resorts, sailing and of course excellent swimming and boating grounds.
The area also has amazing wildlife to be observed, from owls (great horned owls, burrowing owls) to the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The stunning landscape of the lakes is completed by gently rolling hills of vineyards that frame these valleys, making it perfect for a romantic escape.
Spring through fall is a perfect time to check out this Canadian culinary hot spot. Wineries are open year round but most have reduced hours in the winter. Ideally, a week is needed but in 3-5 days you can get a good overview of this wine region.
The Okanagan Valley's lakes, are the epicentre of the region, attracting many visitors each year due to their picturesque scenery.
Pictures courtesy of Tourism British Columbia