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.
As Canada’s original estate winery, the Inniskillin Winery is an industry pioneer committed to the production of premium wines made from quality grapes grown in Canada for over 35 years. They have wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Inniskillin is visited by the short/40k route riders only.
Upscale has never felt so down-to-earth.
The Queenstone Mile is a brand-new winery in the Niagara Region and sister winery to our long-time partner Creekside Estate. Having just opened they are welcoming the Tour d’Epicure with open arms. The short/40k route riders will have lunch here, all other routes enjoy a wine and food sampling only here.
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.
The Lock Street Brewery is a great addition to the Port Dalhousie Heritage District. It serves a variety of refreshing craft beer, wine and has partnered with the KaiserHaus for selection of authentic European cuisine. It is a beautiful location with a relaxing and warm atmosphere that makes customers want to stay for another round. The long and mid route riders will both stop here.
Redstone Winery is the latest venture by Moray Tawse and his award-winning winemaking team. Named for its red clay soil and large stones, the 38-acre Lincoln Lakeshore property was purchased in 2009 and is home to a newly opened hospitality centre and a locally-inspired restaurant. The long route riders are the only group visiting Redstone Winery this year.