Summer is the hustle and bustle season for wine regions. People are on holiday and are willing to come from far and wide to enjoy the warm weather as well as a glass of some of the best wines in the world, which come straight from our region. But the winter months can be overlooked as an equally unique and blissful experience. Here are 4 reasons why you are going to want to book a winter wine tour with us!
Winter is the off-season for Niagara wineries and so with that being said, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of reduced lines and more attention! The goal of a wine tour is to visit multiple wineries of different sizes and scales so that you can learn about the wines they make, their processes, and taste the best wines Niagara has to offer. So during the off-season, you are really able to optimize your time spent at each winery. For you, that might mean getting to spend more time at the tasting bar to ensure you’re taking home the best bottle, or it might mean a more personalized tour where you have the chance to ask more questions and learn more about the wine-making process. The winter certainly calls for a more personalized experience; our goal is to ensure that you get the most of your tour with our Wine Smart Guides.
Sipping on a glass of wine (or a few!) is that much more savoury when you get to sip guilt-free! The off-season not only offers you a more calming experience in terms of crowding, but it also offers you the opportunity to experience the region at a discount versus what you may pay during the peak season. You may avoid some of the intensified busy season pricing by coming in the winter, especially if you are travelling to Niagara from afar.
Red Wine Season
Winter influences the craving for fuller-bodied, warming wines – which are typically reds. If you are a red wine drinker, well, this is your season to wine and shine. If you are a white wine drinker, then this might be the perfect opportunity to try a selection of red wines again in more depth and with an expert who has the time to listen to your taste preferences and give you a selection of reds which might suit your taste. Because who knows; you might just find one you like. And if you don’t, there is no shame in grabbing a glass of your favourite white and admiring the scenery.
Icewine in Niagara
Icewine has come to be known as Niagara’s frozen treasure because of the perfect climate conditions of the region. Warm summers are needed to grow the grapes, followed by reliably cold winters that can freeze that water inside the grapes at the correct pace and temperature. The area surrounding the Great Lakes is also where Vidal grapes can grow in large quantities. These two advantages allow Niagara to be the prime location for producing Icewine.
Beautiful Winter Landscape
We love how the aesthetic changes come the winter months. Gain a different perspective and appreciation for the vineyards this time of year as they are bare of grapes and blanketed by snow and icicles. Not only is the scenery dazzling, but a selection of the wineries we’ll take you to provide unforgettable winter experiences in Niagara such as skating on Wayne Gretzky Estates outdoor rink!
Just like in the summer, there is plenty to experience, appreciate, and take advantage of at the wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Allow Niagara Vintage Wine Tours to facilitate and elevate this experience for you by booking a tour with us today!