Niagara Grape & Wine Festival

Sept11-27Fri-Sat-Sun

Experience Niagara's beauty in a fresh, safe way with the Grape & Wine Discovery Pass.

PASSES ARE SOLD OUT

Fall is a great time to explore Niagara with a wine festival Discovery Pass. Enjoy carefully curated wine pairings with world-class seasonal cuisine from Niagara’s talented chefs.

NOTE: All tastings must be reserved in advance, using our new Reservation System powered by RBC. Reservation window closes 24 hours in advance, and space is limited so book early! Click “Reserve your spot” below to see availability and book your adventure. You will need a valid Discovery Pass to be admitted to the winery. Please note that wineries are offering socially distant tasting stations, which limits the number of guests they can host. Large groups are encouraged to visit on Friday or Sunday.

Reservation system, powered by RBC

The link to the reservation system will be emailed once you have purchased your Discovery Pass tickets. Reserving your experiences in advance will be required, and we recommend that you book your spots as soon as possible to ensure that you can visit your favourite wineries as space will be limited, all to align with updated COVID-19 restrictions.

New Self-guided Virtual Tours

Another new feature to the Discovery Pass program this year is self-guided virtual winery tours! Before or after your Discovery Pass experience, you can enjoy a “virtual tour” of the winery through a brand new platform. Each winery will have a QR code that links to great content including winemaker tasting notes, vineyard updates from the growers, audio storytelling and more. This is free of charge, so get outside with a glass of wine and enjoy your time in Niagara Wine Country!

Make your Reservations, powered by RBC

Please note that reservations are only available to Discovery Pass holders.

A few things to note when booking:

  1. You need one reservation per group – if you’re travelling as a single, a pair, four guests or more, you only require a single reservation. You will be asked how many guests are joining you as you book.
  2. There are limits on group sizes – the reservation system will only allow you to book up to that amount. If you are a larger group, please book multiple reservations at the same time.
  3. If booking more than one group at a winery under one name, please add “#2, #3” after second and third reservations so staff know that it isn’t booked in error.
  4. Your "group” must be members of your bubble – please only book guests in your group that are in your COVID bubble. If you aren’t able to be within 6 feet of one of your group, they will need to make a separate reservation.
  5. Please only book reservations for wineries you plan to visit. The winery industry, like everyone, is recovering from the impact of COVID. Each reservation that is “skipped” results in financial losses for that winery, and now, more than ever, we want to show support.
  6. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, please do so as soon as possible. Your confirmation email will give you instructions how to do this.

When you arrive:

  1. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your reservation time. At that time please check in at the Discovery Pass reception area with your entire group. You do not need to show your reservation – just give the winery staff member the name of the reservation.
  2. If you arrive earlier than 5 minutes please either stay in your car or wander the vineyard/winery area. We ask that you don’t check in early so we can avoid line-ups and congestion.
  3. Be COVID-safe! The same rules apply at the wineries as everywhere else – you must wear your mask until you are at the Discovery Pass tasting station, must participate in social distancing (unless with members of your bubble), and must follow all posted signs at the wineries. The wineries are stringent with safe practices and will be disinfecting between each tasting, will have hand sanitizer readily available and will have all other policies and procedures posted. Thank you for your assistance with this.
  4. All guests in your group MUST have and present their Discovery Pass (paper copy or have their scan code available on their phone). Winery staff will scan for each Discovery Pass experience that has been booked.

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While it may look a little different than in the past, the Discovery Pass program will provide wine lovers with a fresh, safe way to taste and experience fall harvest in Niagara. We’re using all all-new reservation system, on-site “virtual tours”, and each winery will be strictly adhering to safety protocols so you can rest easy and focus on the wine, food and fun!

What's new in 2020?

Book your winery visits ahead of time and have a “front of the line” experience with our new reservation system, powered by RBC! This new system will allow you to reserve your trip specific to your party size and allows for notification of food allergies so that everyone can enjoy their visit to wine country! For the full winery experience, take it a step further and enjoy a “virtual tour” before or after your tasting. Just scan a QR code and take in the vineyard updates, tasting notes, and more!

Experience the wineries.

Before or after your Discovery Pass experience, you can enjoy a “virtual tour” of the winery through our brand new platform. Each winery will have a QR code that links to great content including winemaker tasting notes, vineyard updates from the growers, audio storytelling and more. This is free of charge, so get outside with a glass of wine and enjoy your time in Niagara Wine Country!

Looking for a ride from winery to winery?

Our friends at Coventry Transportation are ready to provide you with the highest level of service and comfort. Contact them today to book your tour!

Do your research.

Our wineries have created special wine and culinary experiences that celebrate the harvest. Take a peek through the pairings and decide on your favourites!  

Eight experiences not enough?

No problem! All wineries have Discovery Passes for sale, so you can purchase another and split it with a friend.

Bring home your favourites.

You’re going to love several of the wines that you taste as you make your way through your Discovery Pass, so pick up an empty case from a participating winery and store your purchased wine easily in your vehicle.

FAQ

How much does it cost?

Discovery Pass tickets are $49 +HST each and include 8 wine and food pairings at participating wineries. Driver's Discovery Pass tickets are $39 +HST and include 8 culinary pairings with a non-alcoholic beverage at participating wineries.

Which dates & times are Discovery Pass tickets valid for?

Your Discovery Pass ticket is valid from 11am-5pm on September 11 - 13, 18 - 20, 25 - 27. So if you’re finding it difficult to reach all eight wineries in one day, there’s no need to worry as you have other days available to you!

Where can I buy Discovery Pass tickets?

Passes are sold out

Can I share my Discovery Pass?

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.

Are there options for people with dietary restrictions?

Absolutely! While most wineries have a vegetarian option available, please review the wine and food pairings on our website for vegan, gluten free and dairy free options.

What COVID precautions are in place?

Each winery will be strictly adhering to safety protocols per the Province of Ontario and the Niagara Regional Public Health. This will/may include:

  • Discovery Pass experiences by reservation only. Guests may be refused service if they do not book in advance;
  • Reservation system will prevent long line-ups. Guests are recommended to stay in their vehicles until their reservation time. If line-ups do occur, they will be managed in a socially distant way;
  • Winery staff will be wearing PPE during preparation and service of Discovery Pass tastings – culinary and wine service – as mandated by Public Health;
  • Plastic wine glasses and disposable service items may be used at the discretion of the winery. This is not required as winery dishwashers sanitize glassware;
  • Paper event programs will not be printed.

Participating Wineries

Raise a glass and celebrate the harvest! Our winery partners have carefully crafted delectable wine and food pairings that showcase the best of the season. #VQAeveryday!

Pairings

13th Street Winery photo

1776 Fourth Avenue

St. Catharines

905-984-8463

13thstreetwinery.com

Discover our Expression! And Savour Chef Josh’s locally inspired Banh Mi

Discover our Expression! And Savour Chef Josh’s locally inspired Banh Mi (Vegetarian option available)

Featured Wine{s)

Gamay Vin Gris 2019 or Gamay 2018

Fielding Estate Winery photo

4020 Locust Lane

Beamsville

+1 888-778-7758

fieldingwines.com

Fielding Estate Winery

Slip into fall and sip on our refreshing 2018 Estate Bottled Riesling & our delicious 2018 Red Conception. We paired these fall favorites with a Smoked Chicken Taco, topped with chipotle aioli, black bean pico di Gallo, queso fresco & sweet potato, made by Chef Mitchell Lamb of Revalee Brunch Café. Enjoy this pairing while you take in the spectacular fall views.

Featured Wine{s)

2018 Red Conception, 2018 Estate Bottled Riesling

Flat Rock Cellars photo

2727 Seventh Avenue

Jordan

905-562-8994

flatrockcellars.com

Twisted Times Call for Twisted Wines

Sip on Flat Rock's signature white wine, Twisted! Matched perfectly to a generous slice of jalapeño and white cheddar cornbread, served with Niagara peach chutney and honey butter. Made with local ingredients by our friends at Revalee Brunch Café. (vegetarian)

Featured Wine{s)

2017 Twisted (Vegan)

Harbour Estates Winery photo

4362 Jordan Road

Jordan

905-562-6279

hewwine.com

Baco and BBQ

Dig into our fall-off-the-bone Ribs with our famous Baco Noir infused BBQ Sauce and all the fixings!

Featured Wine{s)

2018 Baco Noir (Vegan)

Hernder Estate Wines photo

1607 Eighth Avenue Louth

St. Catharines

905-684-3300

hernder.com

Get your Chard-on

Enjoy a medallion of Spinach & Brie Chicken Rollatini served on a dollop of Savory Mashed Potatoes, draped with a Velvety Hernder Chardonnay Cream Sauce. (Vegetarian option available)

Featured Wine{s)

2019 Chardonnay

KONZELMANN ESTATE WINERY photo

1096 Lakeshore Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

905-935-2866

konzelmann.ca

Slider-licious

Enjoy slow-braised, specially seasoned pulled pork sliders on a mini brioche bun created by Bricks & Barley, served with housemade coleslaw in our spacious Euro Room with views of the vineyard.

Featured Wine{s)

Lakefront Series Merlot

Lakeview Wine Co. photo

1067 Niagara Stone Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

905-685-5673

lakeviewwineco.com

A Little Slice of Serenity with Pizza & Pinot Noir Rosé

Join us at Lakeview Wine Co. for a little slice of Serenity! We've partnered up with local Pizzeria, N'ata Cosa Ristorante, pairing their amazing woodfired pizza slices with our Serenity Pinot Noir Rosé. (Vegetarian)

Featured Wine{s)

Serenity by Lakeview Cellars 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé (Vegan)

Marynissen Estates photo

1208 Concession 1 Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

905-468-7270

marynissen.com

From Swine to Wine with Marynissen Estates!

Marynissen is headed back to its pig barn roots! Come and try our 2019 Rosé paired with a pulled pork slider topped with ginger slaw! (Vegetarian option available)

Featured Wine{s)

2019 Rosé

Niagara College Teaching Winery photo

135 Taylor Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

905-641-2252 ext. 4070

niagaracollegewine.ca

Gastronomy Garden

Come enjoy our all new wine and beer garden while you sip on the award winning Gastronomy Pinot Noir paired with delicious Homemade Olive Tapenade and Mushroom Crostini with Prosciutto and fresh garden herbs. (Vegetarian and vegan options available, white wine option available)

Featured Wine{s)

2017 Les Marmitons Gastronomy Pinot Noir

Palatine Hills Estate Winery photo

911 Lakeshore Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

905-646-9617

palatinehillsestatewinery.com

Bacon Wrapped Heat vs. Semi-Sweet

Set your tastebuds alight with a hot and savoury Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Popper topped with Lime Crema, paired with a vibrant Estate Riesling. (Gluten Free)

Featured Wine{s)

2016 Estate Riesling (Vegan)

Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant photo

290 John Street East

Niagara-on-the-Lake

+1 888-673-5537

peller.com

When It Grains, We Pour

Enjoy the picturesque vineyard views and the 2019 Private Reserve Riesling at Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant when you stop by to delight in Chef Parsons’ BBQ Grain Bowl with charred broccoli, peppers, corn, toasted Farro seed and cumin cauliflower. (Vegetarian. Vegan, Gluten Free and Dairy Free alterations available)

Featured Wine{s)

Peller Estates Private Reserve Riesling 2018

Pillitteri Estates Winery photo

1696 Niagara Stone Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

905-468-3147

pillitteri.com

Team Canada Charcuterie Tray

Enjoy a savoury selection of local meats, cheeses and preserves specially selected to enjoy on our patio with your choice of either the Team Canada Red or Team Canada White, the Official Wines of the Canadian Olympic Team.

Featured Wine{s)

2018 Team Canada Red and 2018 Team Canada White

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery photo

3210 Staff Avenue

Jordan

+1 877-566-1719

sue-annstaff.com

Fall Fair Fun Fare!

Indulge your inner child with a sophisticated take on the most classic fall fair treat, the Pogo Stick! Chef Beth, August Restaurant, wraps a house made garlic and herb mini sausage in gourmet cornbread batter. Dip this scrumptious stick in a selection of three decadent sauces determining which pairs best with our 2019 Bank Barn Baco Noir. (Vegetarian option available)

Featured Wine{s)

2019 Bank Barn Baco Noir

Thirty Bench Wine Makers photo

4281 Mountainview Road

Beamsville

905-563-1698

thirtybench.com?SID=i2ntrlcs0tocefk8tu6t9k8qg6

Here For The Right Riesling

Spend some time on the Beamsville Bench as you take in the breathtaking views of our vineyards - if you’re lucky you may even see the Toronto skyline across the lake. You’ll enjoy a Chicken Satay and Chopped Thai Salad made by our friends at Revalee Brunch Café and paired perfectly with our 2018 Winemakers Riesling. (Gluten Free, vegan option available)

Featured Wine{s)

Thirty Bench Winemakers Riesling 2018

Trius Winery & Restaurant photo

1249 Niagara Stone Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

+1 800-582-8412

triuswines.com?SID=1h2fq5bcejff4strgcaugvnn40

Quite Franc-ly The Best Burger Around

Visit the most instagramable winery for Chef Frank Dodd’s famous Trius Ribeye Burger with Icewine Onion Jam paired with our 2019 Trius Cabernet Franc. You’ll want to snap a pic of this perfect pairing! (Vegetarian and Gluten Free alternatives available)

Featured Wine{s)

Trius Cabernet Franc 2019

Vineland Estates Winery photo

3620 Moyer Road

Vineland

+1 888-846-3526

vineland.com

The Amazing Taste of Pink

A southern inspired chili and lime marinated shrimp on a bed of charred corn and black bean salsa, spotted with guacamole and yucca chips is paired perfectly with our new sparkling dry rosé. It’s all about the refreshing and lively flavours of pink! Highlight your harvest with this delight. (Vegetarian option available)

Featured Wine{s)

2019 Frienzy sparkling dry Rosé

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery photo

1219 Niagara Stone Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

905-468-0099

gretzkyestateswines.com

Aw, Shucks!

Try the newest Wayne Gretzky Estates product, our 2019 Founders Sauvignon Blanc when you visit our vibrant estate. Enjoy this tasting alongside a delectable Grilled Mexican Street Corn with mayo, feta cheese, cilantro, and chili pepper. You won’t want to miss this a-maize-ing offering! (Vegetarian)

Featured Wine{s)

Wayne Gretzky Estates Founders Series Sauvignon Blanc 2019