Unforgettable Wine Tasting in Niagara
If you’re looking for an excellent wine tasting experience in Niagara please visit us at our estate winery in Niagara on the Lake just around the corner from the scenic Niagara Falls.
Our hours are 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. every day, seven days a week except for holidays.
*Last Tasting is at 5:30pm*
Closed Good Friday
Closed Easter Sunday
Closed Christmas Day
Closed Boxing Day
Closed New Years Day
Christmas Eve – 11am – 3pm
New Years Eve – 11am – 3pm
When you arrive at the winery, you will be coming into our temporary tasting room that will later be used for tour groups. The tasting room looks over the production area and when harvest comes along, you can join in the excitement that we all feel when the grapes are brought in for processing. The stainless steel holding tanks you look down on are imported from Italy. They frost up beautifully when it is time to cold stabilize the wine prior to bottling.
Wine Tasting Fees
Tasting fees are $10.00 per person for 5 wines.
That fee is waived with the purchase of wine.
The “Coraggioso Amaroso” (Amarone style) tasting is an additional $5.00 tasting fee.
The Icewine is also an additional $5.00 tasting fee. Both fees are waived with the purchase of the wines.
At this point in time we are not offering tours of our facility due to the continued construction and evolution of our winery. We welcome you to visit our wine boutique for a wine tasting.
Privato (Private Tasting)
Monday through Friday we will be offering a private tasting for 1-10 guests. It is a structured, seated tasting that will begin with a history of the family, property and style of the wines. Along with our exquisite wines, a gourmet cheese platter will be featured. This is an opportunity for you to experience a one on one tasting with a member of the Colaneri Family or our highly trained staff. This exclusive booking will be done in a private room strictly for your group at the reserved time.
The cost for this private tasting is $40 per person, non refundable and must be scheduled at least one week in advance.
*Reservations are on a first come first serve basis and are subject to availability*
Wine Tasting Experience
To conduct a proper tasting requires at least 30 – 45 minutes. We highly recommend arriving no later than 5:15 p.m. to give our servers enough time to share their knowledge with you and to give you the best in customer service.
During the summer, we offer wine by the glass and pizza cooked in our wood burning stove.
Wine is a very sensory experience. For a proper tasting, it’s best not to chew gum prior or during your tasting. Even drinking coffee during your tasting can disrupt your taste buds and distort the taste of the wine.
Our SmartServe Obligations
Selling Liquor to Visibly Intoxicated persons
THE LAW: “No person shall sell or supply liquor or permit liquor to be sold or supplied to any person who is or appears to be intoxicated.”
R.S.O. 1990, c. L.19, s. 29.
Wine-tasting etiquette according to Wine Council of Ontario
Winery staff are experts in wine-tasting etiquette, and they’re happy to answer any of your questions. But to help you get ready for your visit, here are some basics for approaching the bar:
- Avoid wearing strong fragrances. Perfume or cologne—even heavily scented skin or hair products—can interfere with the aromas of the wine, making it difficult for you, and those around you, to fully appreciate what you’re sampling.
- Be prepared to pay for the tasting. Wineries often price their tastings based on the cost of the wine, and those that make their top-tier offerings available to sample will likely charge accordingly. Some, but not all, wineries waive or refund the tasting-bar fee if you buy a bottle of wine.
- Cleanse your palate before/between wines (with a sip of water or a cracker). This will “reset” your taste buds, so the flavours of the different wines won’t overlap.
- Taste the wines in order of strength (sparkling to white to red to dessert), sweetness (dry to sweet) and age (young to old). Otherwise, the stronger and sweeter wines will overpower the lighter and drier ones. If you’re taking part in a guided tasting, the winery will choose the order for you. If you’re at a tasting bar, just ask the attendant to help you with the order.
- Appreciate each wine by sight, smell and taste (in that order). Think about it as starting from the top of your head and working your way down: eyes to nose to mouth.
- Feel free to swish the wine in your mouth or quietly gargle it. You may feel silly, but a wine will only reveal its full complexity when it’s mingled with oxygen. Decanting it and swirling it in a glass will also serve this purpose.
- Spitting is sometimes advisable—and it’s always acceptable. If you plan to sample a large number of wines on your tour, it’s best to spit (into communal or personal spittoons) after you’ve sipped each one. Otherwise, the alcohol will begin to affect your judgment after a while.
- Even if you don’t spit, you don’t have to finish each wine. The point of a tasting is to sample the wine, and this can be done with just an ounce or two. Once you’ve tasted to your satisfaction, leave what’s left in the glass and move on if you’d like. Believe us, wineries expect this—you won’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
- When describing the bouquet and flavours of a wine, don’t be afraid to guess. Everyone’s palate is different. The aromas and flavours that you detect may differ from those recognized by others—there is no right or wrong.
- Finally, remember that you don’t have to like everything! A wine may be well made and critically acclaimed, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to like it best. Wine appreciation is a personal thing. If everyone preferred the same flavours, we wouldn’t have the great range of wines—varietals and blends alike—that we enjoy in Ontario. Trust your tastebuds!