The Niagara Peninsula wits its warm summers has long been the fruit basket of the country.
The region covered with apple and pear orchards as well as thousands of hectares of stone fruits was once a prime producer of canned fruits. Today, with the large population of Toronto bent on fresh fruit, the canning industry has disappeared. Instead of canning two new industries started – gastronomy and winery visits.
Niagara falls has always been popular with honeymooners and tourists, but now Niagara-on-the-Lake, the most historic town and the first capital of the province, abounds with fine hotels, restaurants, entertainment Shaw festival), and Icewine Festival in January, and wineries.
The Niagara Parkway between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls offers an excellent opportunity to visit many wineries and taste their wines.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is nice, clean, small town with beautiful, well-maintained Victorian houses.
Some have been converted to bed and breakfast operations.
While on 20 years ago most restaurants in this little town would have been considered eateries, today the situation is completely different.
Gastronomically oriented people can visit Peller’s estate Winery, and after a visit, enjoy an excellent gourmet meal enhanced by the winery’s super premium wines.
If you want to spend a leisurely week in Niagara-on-the-Lake check in at Pillar and Post or Queen’s Landing. In both the rooms are well appointed. The surroundings of Queen`s Landing is inviting and the dining room serves fine food graciously. The property overlooks the Lake. Be sure to ask for a room with a lake view.
Once you are comfortably settled, you can take a leisurely drive on the Niagara Parkway to visit Lailey Vineyards, Innissikillin, Merrynissen, and Reif all wineries with fine products.
You can dine at Hillebrand`s Café on Highway 55 a few kilometres from Niagara-on-the-Lake in the hamlet of Virgil and enjoy this winery’s fine wines.
The following day a visit to the Niagara Bench is highly recommend visiting Chateau des Charmes, and Maleta wineries and driving to Vineland Estates for a leisurely lunch.
Vineland Estates winery offers the most beautiful views of the Lake, Toronto’s sky view, and the region’s vineyards.
The exquisite food, friendly service and enjoyable atmosphere are bonus. The chef here uses the freshest local produce, the best extra virgin olive oil for his salads, bakes his own breads, and imaginative dishes that can compete with the best anywhere.
After lunch, visit Henry of Pelham winery, taste their wines and buy some of the best cream cheeses that the winery imports from Quebec.
Stoney Ridge and Peninsula Ridge, 30 Bench, and Angel’s Gate are four other wineries in the area everyone should visit to sample exquisite samples of Niagara wines.
On the 20 Restaurant in Jordan, that is owned and operated by Cave Spring Cellars excels in the production of rieslings, robust chardonnays, and delightful pinot noirs. Indian Summer Riesling is a specialty and much sought after for those who like sweet wines.
The restaurant serves find, imaginative food, the ingredients of which, to the extend possible, sourced in the peninsula.
Your gourmet tour or getaway weekend will be memorable I can guarantee it.
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