Sept 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 | Winery listings to come!
Fall in love with Niagara and explore its lush vineyards! There’s no better way to experience Niagara’s beauty than the Discovery Pass. Each Discovery Pass entitles you to 8 wine and culinary experiences designed by winemakers and chefs to celebrate the fresh flavours of harvest, and can be redeemed at 8 of 30 participating wineries across Twenty Valley and Niagara-on-the-Lake!
*Discovery Pass tickets are $45 +HST and include 8 wine and food pairings at participating wineries.
*Drivers Pass tickets are $35 +HST which includes 8 culinary pairings with a non-alcoholic beverage.
*Your Discovery and Drivers Pass is valid anytime during Sept 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29.
Purchase your tickets
1. Tickets can be purchased online at niagarawinefestival.com/tickets, from which the ticket will be emailed to you.
2. Print the ticket or keep the email handy (or better yet, screenshot the bar code), as your ticket will need to be scanned at each winery.
*Tickets can also be purchased at your local participating winery
*Sharing is caring! Each Discovery Pass is loaded with 8 scans - that's 8 food and wine pairings total. This means that you can split the Discovery Pass by bringing along a friend, and enjoy 4 pairings each.
Plan your ride
3. Your designated driver can also join in on the fun with the Drivers Pass for $35 +HST, which includes a culinary pairing with a non-alcoholic beverage.
*You can also plan ahead with a local transportation service. Contact information can be found at niagarawinefestival.com/hospitality/category/transportation.
Plan your route
4. You can plan according to areas (Twenty Valley and Niagara-on-the-Lake), according to the pairings you want to taste, or wineries you'd like to discover!
*Stay tuned for updates on Discovery Pass pairings.
*Each winery will have our festival guides available, which includes a map of the winery locations.
Enjoy your Discovery Pass adventures!
5. Visit eight wineries of your choice! Sip and sample their pairings, explore the wineries, make memories and take many pictures! Don’t forget to tag @NiagaraWineFest #grapeandwine #discoverypass
15940 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-468-8188 | laileywinery.com
Signature Lailey Skewer
Stop by to sample our 2016 Zweigelt paired with sliced mortadella, mozzarella cheese and Italian baguette with fresh cherry tomato on a skewer.
Featured Wine: 2016 Zweigelt
Winemaker: John Chang
While you’re there... Pop by the tasting bar to sample wines made from some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in Niagara.
Lakeview Wine Co.
1067 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-685-5673 | lakeviewwineco.com
Chardonn-Yay All Day!
Celebrate the start of the harvest season at Lakeview Wine Co.! Enjoy our delightfully decadent Lakeview Cellars 2017 Barrel Aged Chardonnay paired perfectly with a scrumptious pumpkin risotto, topped with a parmesan chip.
Featured Wine: Lakeview Cellars 2017 Barrel Aged Chardonnay
Winemakers: Scott McGregor, Jessica Wallace & Tom Green
While you’re there... Become a wine mixologist and learn new ways to appreciate Niagara wine with a Wine Cocktail Mixology tour.
1208 Concession 1 Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-468-7270 | marynissen.com
Reflect on summer's bounty with a Niagara Peach Jam Tartlet topped with honey-whipped Goat Cheese alongside our Gold Series Riesling that will dance across your palate with its ripe apple and citrus.
Featured Wine: 2018 Gold Series Riesling
Winemaker: Mitch McCurdy
While you’re there... Once you’ve sampled this pairing, grab a glass of wine and enjoy the peace and quiet of the country on our patio, or sip and stroll through the vineyard on our twice daily public tours.
Niagara College Teaching Winery
135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-641-2252 ext. 4070 | niagaracollegewine.ca
You Had Me at Merlot!
Experience two of the best things Niagara College has to offer - the delicious 2017 Balance Merlot from our award-winning teaching winery paired with homemade barbecue pork and caramelised onion strudel from our award-winning and student chefs at the Benchmark restaurant.
Featured Wine: 2017 Balance Merlot
Winemaker: Gavin Robertson
While you’re there... Explore the vineyards and winemaking facilities on a tour or take a seat on the new patio and enjoy a glass of wine and a view of the vines.
NOMAD at Hinterbrook Winery
1181 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-646-5133 | hinterbrook.com
Savoury Crab Salad
Simple ingredients around a savoury heart. Refreshing crab salad and a dash of chili oil for heat, paired with a vibrant and flavourful Riesling to keep the summer vibes flowing. Be the Nomad and venture your way in for this unique pairing.
Featured Wine: 2017 Riesling
Winemaker: Violet Yeh
While you’re there... Sip some wine while creating your own wine bottle label or share your stories to be included in Hinterbrook’s Storybook.
Palatine Hills Estate Winery
911 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-646-9617 | palatinehillsestatewinery.com
Pair of Perogies & Pinot
Join us for a duo of locally made, hand-pinched perogies - the first filled with roasted red peppers & goat cheese and the other stuffed with mushrooms, dill, herbs & garlic. Both paired with our newly released 2017 'Wild & Free' Pinot Grigio.
Featured Wine: 2017 'Wild & Free' Pinot Grigio
Winemaker: John Neufeld
While you’re there... Join a truly unique tour as you explore the vineyards and inspect artifacts from the War of 1812 on your journey.
Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant
290 John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-468-4678 | peller.com
Blanc Out At Peller
Take in all the beauty that wine country has to offer while sipping our 2017 Peller Estates Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc paired with Chef Jason Parsons’ perfect Summer Harvest Rice Bowl including Niagara peach, duck confit, heirloom tomato and tarragon rice.
Featured Wine: 2017 Peller Estates Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Winemaker: Katie Dickieson
While you’re there... Complete your journey through wine country with a candlelit stroll through the vineyard sipping premium wines on a sunset wine tour.
Pillitteri Estates Winery
1696 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-468-3147 | pillitteri.com
A Proud Pairing
Cheers to this Canadian classic! Enjoy a delicious poutine made with fresh cut fries, Quebec cheese curds and thick poutine gravy. Paired perfectly with your choice of our 2017 Team Canada Red or Team Canada White, the official wines of the Canadian Olympic Team.
Featured Wine: 2017 Team Canada Red & 2017 Team Canada White
Winemaker: Aleksandar Kolundzic
While you’re there... Make some time to head down to one of the most unique barrel cellars in Niagara, featuring a 500 inch long monolithic concrete table with 23 stainless steel chairs suspended above it.
Riverview Cellars Estate Winery
15376 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-262-0636 | riverviewcellars.com
Eggplant Parmigiana on the Patio
Enjoy our 2017 Bianco Gewürztraminer-Riesling paired with eggplant parmigiana on focaccia with roasted red peppers and Havarti cheese.
Featured Wine: 2017 Bianco Gewürztraminer-Riesling
Winemaker: Alyssa Bator
While you’re there... Craving a bit more? Try a winery tour complimented with a cheese and charcuterie board as you relax on the patio overlooking the Niagara River.
Trius Winery & Restaurant
1249 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
905-468-4678 | triuswines.com
Boomerangs and Burgers
Visit Niagara’s most Instagrammable estate and enjoy our award-winning 2016 Trius Red paired with Chef Dodd’s iconic Trius ribeye burger topped with Icewine onion jam. While you’re there, join The Trius Tour to snap some Insta-worthy pics before heading to Wayne Gretzky Estates for your next pairing.
Featured wine: 2016 Trius Red
Winemaker: Craig McDonald
While you’re there... Stay a while and take a seat on the patio as you sip and savour your way through lunch or dinner or snap a few pics at Niagara’s most Instagrammable winery.
TWENTY VALLEY LISTINGS
13th Street Winery
1776 Fourth Avenue, St. Catharines
905-984-8463 | 13thstreetwinery.com
Celebrate the Fall Harvest with our “Fall off the Bone Gamayzing Pork Riblets”
Enjoy our 2017 Gamay with pork riblets smothered in our Gamayzing, sticky BBQ Sauce and a savoury Apple Carrot Slaw.
Featured Wine: 2017 Gamay
Winemaker: Jean Pierre Colas
While you’re there… Grab a glass of wine and delicious bites on the patio, stroll through the sculpture garden or enjoy fresh baked goods in the market.
3048 Second Avenue, Vineland Station
905-562-1212 | alvento.ca
Journey to the East Wind!
Take your taste buds on a delectable adventure with Ma Chinese Cuisine's specialty Char Siu Bao! The cloud-like steamed bun is stuffed with rich and juicy barbecue pork marinated in their signature sweetened umami rich sauce. This tantalizing morsel is paired with Alvento Winery’s slightly smoky and spiced, yet fruit-forward Baco Noir. Enjoy your pairing in our decorated barrel cellar or out on our scenic patio. Go where your inspiration takes you - go with the wind!
Featured Wine: East Wind 2018
Winemaker: Marc Pistor
While you’re there... Step back in time and head into their 19th century barn to sample rare wines at the renovated tasting bar.
Creekside Estate Winery
2170 Fourth Avenue, Jordan
905-562-0035 | creeksidewine.com
Drum Roll Please! BBQ Chicken & Grilled Mushroom Salad
We all know how much Chef Ross loves to rock out but who knew he was this literal? Join our Creek Cru this fall for a rocking food and wine pairing. Try Chef Ross' BBQ rubbed chicken drumstick with grilled mushroom salad and house-made blue cheese dip lovingly paired with our 'NEW' 2017 Red Tractor Cabernet Merlot.
Featured Wine: 2017 Red Tractor, Cabernet Merlot
Winemaker: Rob Power
While you’re there... Check out one of wine country’s oldest and most unique underground barrel cellars; or lunch like a winemaker on our beautiful covered deck with Chef Ross Midgley. While you’re there... Once you’ve sampled this pairing, grab a glass of wine and enjoy the peace and quiet of the country on our patio, or sip and stroll through the vineyard on our twice daily public tours.
Fielding Estate Winery
4020 Locust Lane, Beamsville
905-563-0668 | fieldingwines.com
Tacos and New Vintages!
We are featuring our newly released 2018 Estate Bottled Riesling and our 2018 Gamay for the red wine lovers. We’re pairing it with a delicious Chicken Santa Fe Taco with Cajun chicken, cheddar, black bean & corn pico, cornbread croutons and buttermilk ranch. Enjoy the wine and food while taking in the spectacular fall views!
Featured Wine: 2018 Estate Bottled Riesling, 2018 Gamay
Winemaker: Richie Roberts
While you’re there... Swing by the lodge and grab a comfortable Muskoka chair by the vines with a glass of wine, artisanal cheese platter and amazing Beamsville Bench views.
Flat Rock Cellars
2727 Seventh Avenue, Jordan
905-562-8994 | flatrockcellars.com
Full Stomachs and Happy Hearts!
Delicious smoked chicken, forest mushroom and goat cheese tarts perfectly showcase this delightfully bright Chardonnay. Help make a difference! A portion of the sales of our feature wine will go to funding Feed Ontario programs to reduce hunger and poverty in Ontario. Be a part of the solution in hopes that everyone will have full stomachs and happy hearts.
Featured Wine: 2016 Good Kharma Chardonnay
Winemaker: Dave Sheppard
While you’re there... With 360° vineyard views pulling you in, don’t forget to check out the unique gravity-flow cellar and live music on Saturdays from noon 'til 4:00pm!
GreenLane Estate Winery
3751 King Street, Vineland
905-562-7207 | greenlanewinery.com
Queen of Tartes!
Get ready to lose your heart to our 2018 Chardonnay paired with a Savoury Apple Tarte Tartin. This hand-picked Chardonnay entices with notes of stone fruit and vanilla custard. Our Tarte Tartin is an irresistible combination of apples, brie, thyme and shallots on a French style pastry. A match made in heaven! Featured Wine: 2018 Chardonnay
Winemaker: Dianne Smith
While you’re there... Stay a while and sample more of our VQA wines or relax and enjoy autumn in the valley on our vineyard side covered patio.
Harbour Estates Winery
4362 Jordan Road, Jordan
905-562-6279 | hewwine.com
Savour the flavour of the zesty lemon filled pie with "sky-high" meringue paired with our 2014 Riesling!
Featured Wine: 2014 Riesling
Winemaker: Ken Mowat
While you’re there... Enjoy a self-guided tour through the vineyards and into the Carolinian forest while learning about winemaking, nature and the history of Harbour Estates Winery.
Hernder Estate Wines
1607 Eighth Avenue Louth, St. Catharines
905-684-3300 | hernder.com
Sip & Slide”r”
Come sip and savour our new 2017 Merlot; medium bodied and easy drinking! Enjoy this popular red alongside our famous, mouth-watering shaved beef slider served with (or without) homemade horseradish. Delish!
Featured Wine: 2017 Merlot
Winemaker: Angela Kasimos
While you’re there... Pop into the tasting bar for complimentary wine tastings or call ahead and schedule a complimentary winery tour.
Kacaba Vineyards & Winery
3550 King Street, Vineland
905-562-5625 | kacaba.com
The Spectacular Sauv & Savoury Sammy Experience
Savour a spectacular match of Kacaba’s 2017 Wismer Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon paired with the culinary stylings of Chef Steve Del Col and Zooma Caters. Enjoy a savoury open-faced sammy piled high with locally cured, shaved Pingue cappicolo, herbed ricotta, and topped with homemade fig & blueberry conserve. Not your ordinary sandwich!
Featured Wine: Wismer Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Winemaker: Vadim Chelekhov
While you’re there... Take a seat on the intimate patio and relax as you enjoy impressive views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Skyline.
Legends Estates Winery
4888 Ontario Street North, Beamsville
905-563-6500 | legendsestates.com
Placki on the Lake
Enjoy our newly released 2018 Small Batch Riesling or our Merlot Reserve paired with an Eastern European traditional Potato Placki (aka pancake) topped with your choice of sour cream or a cranberry and strawberry compote.
Featured Wine: 2018 Small Batch Riesling or Merlot Reserve
Winemaker: Serge Papineau
While you’re there... With several award-winning wines, be sure to head over to the tasting bar during your visit.
4701 Ontario Street, Beamsville
905-563-5313 | magnotta.com
What You Nourish Will Grow
The time-honoured tradition of the harvest is a joyful time to celebrate the work of the artisans who create our produce. Replenish yourself with all the goodness our region offers by visiting our Beamsville location where we pair our Venture Art of Blending Red and White with a hearty Mexican-style sandwich (choice of barbacoa beef, chicken, or veggie option with beans and avocado).
Featured Wine: Venture Art of Blending Red and White 2017
Winemaker: Marco Zamuner
While you’re there... Book a tour to see Ontario’s first and only Amarone-style VQA Wine Drying Room.
3930 Cherry Avenue, Vineland
905-562-5155 | megalomaniacwine.com
Sizzling Patio Fare
Our friends at Country Corner Market in Welland are bringing their famous Tuscany sausage, topped with a sun-dried tomato pesto relish. Paired with Megalomaniac’s Narcissist Riesling and Pompous Red wines, you can enjoy the view from atop the highest point on the Niagara Escarpment. Featured Wine: 2017 Narcissist Riesling or 2017 Pompous Red
Winemaker: Chris Frey
While you’re there... Sitting atop the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment, make sure you grab a glass of wine and take a seat on the new patio to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.
4245 King Street, Beamsville
905-563-9463 | redstonewines.ca
Put a Little Spark in Your Heart!
Cheers to Harvest 2019! Let’s celebrate the beginning of harvest with our traditional method Limestone Vineyard Sparkling paired with Chef Sider’s fabulous Butternut Squash Arancini with dipping sauce. Featured Wine: 2016 Limestone Sparkling
Winemakers: Paul Pender & Rene Van Ede
While you’re there... Enjoy a glass of biodynamic wine on an expansive patio offering vineyard views or visit the restaurant for a locally-inspired menu.
3900 Cherry Avenue, Vineland
905-562-8853 | ridgepointwines.com
Slide into Fall
Join us for the start of our Harvest with a classic pairing of two competing Sliders. Our Team will pair our 2012 Pinot Noir with a Pork Slider topped with cherry onion jam and our 2017 Old Vines Riesling with a Turkey Slider topped with marmalade and tarragon.
Featured Wine: 2012 Pinot Noir and 2017 Old Vines Riesling
Winemaker: Mauro Scarsellone
While you’re there... Grab a bite in the dining room serving seasonal farm-to-table cuisine reflecting the Italian heritage of the owners.
3290 Ninth Street, St. Catharines
905-641-5771 | rockway.net
Taste of the Islands
Taste the islands with our Caribbean spiced pulled chicken atop juicy watermelon salsa. Paired perfectly with our lightly spritzed 9 White, it will make you feel like you are on vacation!
Featured Wine: 2017 9 White Spritz
Winemaker: David Stasiuk
While you’re there... Explore a collection of winemaking artifacts from 19th Century France guiding you through the evolution of the winemaking process in the Wine Museum.
Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
3210 Staff Avenue, Jordan
905-562-1719 | sue-annstaff.com
The VQeh! A Hogtown Classic Served Niagara-Style
“The VQeh!” takes the quintessential Canadian peameal bacon sandwich to the next level thanks to our friends at Smoke & Moonshine. Enjoy a tender, juicy, maple-smoked peameal bacon slider all dressed with a Chef Beth’s fixins’ and a side of slaw. Paired with our hearty 2017 Fancy Farm Girl Flamboyant Red cabernet blend, it’s a Hogtown classic served up Niagara-style.
Featured Wine: 2017 Fancy Farm Girl Flamboyant Red
Winemaker: Sue-Ann Staff
While you’re there... After sampling award-winning wine at the tasting bar, check out the landing strips at Ontario’s only fly-in winery.
3955 Cherry Avenue, Vineland
905-562-9500 | tawsewinery.ca
Meatballs and Cab Franc… a match made in heaven!
Join us at Tawse Winery for a delicious Cumbrae Beef Slider prepared by Chef Sider of the Restaurant at Redstone perfectly paired with the 2015 Grower's Cab Franc.
Featured Wine: 2015 Grower's Cabernet Franc
Winemakers: Paul Pender & Rene Van Ede
While you’re there... Enjoy live music and a glass of wine in our beautiful Wine Garden, and don’t forget to say hello to our resident sheep.
Thirty Bench Wine Makers
4281 Mountainview Road, Beamsville
905-563-1698 | thirtybench.com
New Wines, Old Vines
Visit the newest addition to this discovery pass with some of the oldest vines. Pair Thirty Benches 2017 Winemaker’s Riesling with roasted garlic shrimp, pineapple couscous and sweet dill aioli while learning the history of their vines and enjoying their breathtaking view all the way to Toronto.
Featured wine: 2017 Winemaker’s Riesling
Winemaker: Emma Garner
While you’re there... During your visit, head into the tasting room for a personalized seated tasting or join the Thirty Bench team for a hike through the vineyard.
Vineland Estates Winery
3620 Moyer Road, Vineland
905-562-7088 | vineland.com
Hang on to summer chill!
Not ready to give up summer? This “cool” salad will help you hang on to those last sunny days of the season! Charred corn and black bean salad topped with chili lime shrimp, garnished with house made guacamole and crisp yucca chips. We’ve paired it with our 2017 Semi-Dry Riesling - surely a way to keep those summer flavours alive for just a little longer!
Featured Wine: 2017 Semi-Dry Riesling
Winemaker: Brian Schmidt
While you’re there... Enjoy a bit of Niagara’s history as you enter the 19th Century barn housing the tasting bar or heighten your wine tasting skills with a black glass tasting.
*Pairings available for $10 without a Discovery Pass.