Established in 1993 Canada’s most awarded winery is the start and finish to this inaugural Tour d’Epicure, experiencing the viticulture heritage of the Niagara Peninsula. This impressive building houses one of the most technologically advanced winemaking methods in the country and the meticulously tended vineyards feature three classic varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Tour d’Epicure feature: Jackson-Triggs is the Start and Finish for Tour d’Epicure. After you roll into the finish, you’ll enjoy a guided tour, a rare glimpse into the workings of this gravity-flow assisted winery. Then it’s off to a reception where you’ll meet the vintners and enjoy more wine-tasting. And to wrap up the day, you’ll enjoy a culinary feast of award-winning farm-to-table creations by Chef Tim MacKiddie, paired with the finest Jackson-Triggs wines.
You’ve got to love a winery whose motto is Keep Yer Glass Full. This charming boutique winery with a reputation for experimentations with their fermentations has one of the oldest and largest underground barrel cellars in the region and as you wait for your lunch you’ll have a chance to explore it. They’re a friendly, quirky bunch who relish in the atypical, always pushing the envelope and surprising their vintner neighbours, and sometimes themselves, with their results.
Lunch will be prepared by Chef Nathan Young. His Smokehouse cooking and Southern Pride Smoker will leave you considering a second helping vs more cycling! Get on the bike as more fun awaits!
Tour d’Epicure feature: Keep your jacket on! Tour d’Epicure riders will be descending into the dark, cool caverns of the Creekside barrel cellar, for a special tour, learning about – and enjoying the benefits of – time-proven barrel aging techniques employed to perfection at Creekside Winery.
Being the first commercial winery in 1867, Ravine’s roots in the winery culture of Niagara run deep. Ravine Vineyard is the first stop on the tour for all routes setting a tone of viticulture richness and historic connections to the land. Set on three segments of St. David’s Bench this sprawling vineyard offers distinctive soils yielding a variety of grapes and hence their wide variety of wines: Merlot, Cabernet, Burgundy-style Chardonnay and Chardonnay Musquè.
Tawse prides itself on blending tradition with modernity at their state of the art facility on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment. Just before lunch the long-route riders will enjoy a visit to this impressive 6-level, gravity-flow, geo-thermal and a wet-land filter facility – try saying that after a winery-cycling tour! Blending Moray Tawse’s love of Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with award-winning winemakers it’s no wonder this winery has been awarded the distinction of Winery of the Year for four years since 2010.
The Colio Estate Wines story is one of patience, determination, and perseverance – qualities that still remain at the heart of their winemaking practices and spirit. It was along the sunny shores of Lake Erie, the southernmost and warmest wine region of Ontario, where three Italian bricklayers named Alfredo, Enzo and Tiberio decided to fulfill their life dream of building a world-class winery.
In addition to the grapes grown in the Colio vineyards on the Lake Erie North Shore, Colio Estate Winery purchases grapes from the Niagara Region, from growers they have built long-term relationships with.
Juan Neumann has been growing grapes since 1970. His vineyard is Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and is approximately 200 acres specializing in Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.
A first of its kind in North America, this “living laboratory” is a state of the art facility in your backyard! The NCTW is dedicated to the promotion of the terroir and the production of the highest quality VQA. It’s the only fully licensed teaching winery in Canada and it’s opening its doors to you.