Grab your pass and begin your Wine Country adventure

Your Discovery Pass entitles you to 6 wine and culinary experiences designed by winemakers and chefs to celebrate the flavours of summer in Niagara, redeemable at 18 participating wineries across the Niagara Benchlands and Niagara-on-the-Lake over two weekends!

Reservations for Discovery Pass experiences are highly recommended, as some wineries do not accept walk-ins on event weekends. A valid Discovery Pass must be presented to participate in the tastings on event day. Your reservation link will be sent with your ticket confirmation email.

Discovery Pass Map
  1. Alvento Winery
  2. Fielding Estate Winery
  3. Flat Rock Cellars
  4. Kacaba Vineyards &Winery
  5. King’s Court Estate Winery
  6. Konzelmann Estate Winery
  7. Lakeview Wine Co.
  8. Magnotta Winery
  9. Marynissen Estates
  10. Niagara College Teaching Winery
  11. Palatine Hills Estate Winery
  12. Peller Estates Winery
  13. Pillitteri Estates Winery
  14. Rockway Vineyards
  15. Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
  16. Trius Winery
  17. Vineland Estates Winery
  18. Wayne Gretzky Estates
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Winery Pairings

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

Alvento Winery photo
Alvento Winery logo

Alvento Winery

Marc Pistor, Winemaker

3048 Second Avenue

Vineland Station

alvento.ca

@alventowinery


Vino Al Vento!

Our award-winning off-dry Riesling offers a luscious mouthfeel with refreshing acidity, and pairs perfectly with the crispy vegetarian samosa, delicately decorated with a mixture of spicy Italian Bomba and Tabasco sauce. Vegetarian.

Featured Wine

2019 Off-Dry Riesling

Culinary Partner

Antipastos

Notes
  • By reservation only
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: 100
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? No
  • Tastings held: Outdoors
Fielding Estate Winery photo
Fielding Estate Winery logo

Fielding Estate Winery

Richie Roberts, Winemaker

4020 Locust Lane

Beamsville

fieldingwines.com

@fieldingwinery


Summery Sauvignon Blanc & Savory Hummas Plate

Burst into summer with our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, our most sought after seasonal white, paired with our freshly whipped hummus, crispy breads & spices olives.

Featured Wine

2021 Sauvignon Blanc (alternate 2020 Red Conception)

Culinary Partner

Selma Lopes, Resident Chef at Fielding

Notes
  • By reservation only
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: 100
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? No
  • Tastings held: Outdoors
Flat Rock Cellars photo
Flat Rock Cellars logo

Flat Rock Cellars

Allison Findlay, Winemaker

2727 Seventh Avenue

Jordan

flatrockcellars.com

@flatrockcellars


Riesling on the Rock

Chefs Ricky & Olivia have crafted the perfect pairing for Flat Rock’s 96 Point Foudnation Riesling - a wood-oven roasted Ontario pork croquette with house made apple butter and topped with pickled mustard seeds. You won’t want to miss this one!

Featured Wine

Flat Rock Riesling

Culinary Partner

Ricky & Olivia

Kacaba Vineyards &Winery photo
Kacaba Vineyards &Winery logo

Kacaba Vineyards &Winery

Vadim Chelekhov, Winemaker

3550 King Street

Vineland

kacaba.com

@kacabavineyards


Get the Franc Outta here… You Gotta Try These meatballs!

Kacaba's Cabernet Franc, big and brawny with expressive fruit flavours and a spicy backbone, perfectly paired with Chef Steve's LOADED meatballs with zesty marinara, parmesan cream and quick pickled vegetables. Give your taste buds the ol’ one-two punch with this blockbuster pairing!

Featured Wine

2017 Signature Series, Cabernet Franc

Culinary Partner

Zooma Caters

King’s Court Estate Winery photo
King’s Court Estate Winery logo

King’s Court Estate Winery

Josef Zimmermann, Winemaker

2083 Seventh Street Louth

St. Catharines

kingscourtestatewinery.ca

@kingscourt_estatewinery


"Sippin Sauvy" with a Crostini Crunch!

Enjoy the palate sensation of our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc alongside the perfect pairing of our Herb Asparagus with Lemon Ricotta Crostini

Featured Wine

2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Culinary Partner

Fireside Drive Chef Jess Stone

Notes
  • By reservation and will welcome walk-in guests
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: Unlimited
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held: Outdoors
Konzelmann Estate Winery photo
Konzelmann Estate Winery logo

Konzelmann Estate Winery

Eric Pearson, Winemaker

1096 Lakeshore Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

konzelmann.ca

@konzelmannwines


Let the Good Times ROLL

Nothing says Summer like our award-winning Pinot Blanc perfectly paired with a crispy Thai Chicken Spring Roll.

Featured Wine

Pinot Blanc

Lakeview Wine Co. photo
Lakeview Wine Co. logo

Lakeview Wine Co.

Scott McGregor & Jessica Wallace, Winemaker

1067 Niagara Stone Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

lakeviewwineco.com

@lakeviewwineco


Lakeview’s Old Fashioned “Drunken” Strawberry Shortcake

Sparkling wine-soaked strawberry shortcake homemade by Chef Burse topped with fresh whipping cream. Paired with Fresh Sparkling Rose.

Featured Wine

Fresh Sparkling Rose

Culinary Partner

Chef Josh Burse from Creekside Estate Winery

Notes
  • By reservation and will welcome walk-in guests
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: 125
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held: Outdoors
Magnotta Winery photo
Magnotta Winery logo

Magnotta Winery

Marco Zamuner, Winemaker

4701 Ontario Street

Beamsville

magnotta.com

@magnottawinery


Venture — A New Generation of Wines!

Venture out and taste some of Canada’s largest collection of philanthropic VQA wines paired with the perfect summer taco! Our 2018 Venture Cabernet Sauvignon and 2019 Venture Sauvignon Blanc will not disappoint! $10 without a Discovery Pass.

Featured Wine

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Venture Series VQA, 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Venture Series VQA

Notes
  • By reservation and will welcome walk-in guests
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: 100
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held: Indoors
Marynissen Estates photo
Marynissen Estates logo

Marynissen Estates

Mitchell McCurdy, Winemaker

1208 Concession 1 Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

marynissen.com

@marynissenestates


Greek Squad

Join us at Marynissen for the ultimate sunny day pairing! Enjoy Greek Chicken with home made Tzatziki, paired with our 2017 Platinum Series Sauvignon Blanc!

Featured Wine

2017 Platinum Series Sauvignon Blanc

Culinary Partner

Gyros On The Lake

Notes
  • By reservation and will welcome walk-in guests
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: 150
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held: Outdoors
Niagara College Teaching Winery photo
Niagara College Teaching Winery logo

Niagara College Teaching Winery

Gavin Robertson, Winemaker

135 Taylor Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

niagaracollegewine.ca

@nctwinery


Fresh 'n' Fruit!

Fresh, fruit forward, and flavourful summer wines paired with a delightful summer delicacy. Enjoy our Riesling Gewurztraminer blend as well as the Gamay Noir wines with Lobster and Peach salad and Crispy Slaw on crunchy tortilla cups.

Featured Wine

2017 Balance Riesling Gewurztraminer and 2018 Balance Gamay Noir

Culinary Partner

Chef Oscar Turchi | Savoia

Palatine Hills Estate Winery photo
Palatine Hills Estate Winery logo

Palatine Hills Estate Winery

John Neufeld Jr., Winemaker

911 Lakeshore Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

palatinehillsestatewinery.com

@palatinehillsestatewinery


Run for the Hills and get Jack'd up with Tacos

Pulled BBQ Chicken Tacos and Pulled Jackfruit Tacos paired with Lakeshore White 2018 100% Riesling. Sweet and Spicy make your taste buds dance!

Featured Wine

Lakeshore White 2018 Riesling

Culinary Partner

James Cuttriss

Notes
  • By reservation only
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: 100
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held:Outdoors
Peller Estates Winery photo
Peller Estates Winery logo

Peller Estates Winery

Katie Dickieson , Winemaker

290 John Street East

Niagara-on-the-Lake

peller.com

@pellerwines


Just Peachy at Peller Estates

Visit Chef Jason Parsons and his culinary brigade at Peller Estates for a refreshing dessert pairing: Chardonnay Ginger Peaches with Crunchy Granola and Lemon Balm Ice Cream paired with Private Reserve Chardonnay. Stay a while at our newly re-opened Terrace Wine Bar for a meal, cocktail or glass of wine on the patio.

Featured Wine

Private Reserve Chardonnay

Culinary Partner

Chef Jason Parsons

Notes
  • By reservation only
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: Unlimited
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held: Indoors
Pillitteri Estates Winery photo
Pillitteri Estates Winery logo

Pillitteri Estates Winery

Alex Kolundzic, Winemaker

1696 Niagara Stone Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

pillitteri.com

@pillitteriwines


Summer Cherry Chicken Salad

Enjoy our light and airy summer chicken salad with local homegrown cherries picked right from our family farm. The accompanying Vidal Light low alcohol, low calorie, white wine, provides a crisp and floral addition to the salads sweet and savory character.

Featured Wine

2020 Market Collection Vidal Light

Culinary Partner

BarrelHead Wine Pizza Patio @Pillitteri

Notes
  • By reservation and will welcome walk-in guests
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: Unlimited
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held: Outdoors
Rockway Vineyards photo
Rockway Vineyards logo

Rockway Vineyards

Simone Ardiel, Winemaker

3290 Ninth Street

St. Catharines

rockwaywine.ca

@rockwayvineyards


‘Gewürz-Thai-miner’

Nothing says summer like our deliciously aromatic off-dry 2020 Gewürztraminer, paired with Tempura Shrimp on a fresh bed of Thai Mango Slaw, with pickled chilis and a Ginger Lime Drizzle. It’s Thai-Tastic!

Featured Wine

2021 Pinot Gris

Culinary Partner

Matt McDowell

Notes
  • By reservation and will welcome walk-in guests
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: Unlimited
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held: Outdoors
Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery photo
Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery logo

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

Sue-Ann Staff, Winemaker

3210 Staff Avenue

Jordan

sue-annstaff.com

@sueannstaffestatewinery


Foxy Panzanella

Kick off this spring with an inspiration! Enjoy our zippy and dry Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink pairing with a fresh and crispy Panzanella Salad topped with a crunchy garlic crouton and succulent fresh cheese expertly prepared onsite by The Yellow Pear. Come for the pairing, stay for the ambiance. Vegan option available.

Featured Wine

2020 Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink

Culinary Partner

Yellow Pear

Notes
  • By reservation only
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: Unlimited
  • Groups of 6 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held: Outdoors
Trius Winery photo
Trius Winery logo

Trius Winery

Craig MacDonald, Winemaker

1249 Niagara Stone Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

triuswines.com

@trius


Yes Way, Rosé at Trius Winery

Visit Trius Winery for a sweet treat from Chef Frank Dodd. Enjoy fresh Ontario Strawberries with a pistachio cookie and sea buckthorn cheesecake drizzled with balsamic syrup paired with Trius Rosé. Before your arrival, visit myWineCountry.com to reserve a spot on #TheTriusTour, the most Instagrammable winery tour in Niagara!

Featured Wine

Trius Rosé

Culinary Partner

Chef Frank Dodd

Notes
  • By reservation and will welcome walk-in guests
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: Unlimited
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held: Outdoors
Vineland Estates Winery photo
Vineland Estates Winery logo

Vineland Estates Winery

Brian Schmidt, Winemaker

3620 Moyer Road

Vineland

vineland.com

@vinelandestates


Sipping Pretty.

Take in the beautiful vistas of the Bench while your tastebuds dance! Indulge in chilled jumbo shrimp served with a cucumber & kohlrabi salad drizzled with a sesame miso vinaigrette, crispy wontons and a smoked pepper aioli. A perfect pairing with our 2019 Hand-Crafted Dry Riesling.

Featured Wine

2019 Hand-Crafted Dry Riesling

Culinary Partner

Chef George Ward, Vineland Estates Restaurant

Wayne Gretzky Estates photo
Wayne Gretzky Estates logo

Wayne Gretzky Estates

Craig McDonald, Winemaker

1219 Niagara Stone Road

Niagara-on-the-Lake

gretzkyestateswines.com

@gretzkyestates


A Brie-liant Pairing at Wayne Gretzky Estates

Stop in at Wayne Gretzky Estates for a delicious apricot tarte served with local brie cheese and a honey glaze. Paired with The Great One’s personal favourite sipper, the Founders Pinot Grigio. Head over to Trius Winery, just a 2 minute walk next door, for your next pairing!

Featured Wine

Founders Pinot Grigio

Notes
  • By reservation and will welcome walk-in guests
  • Max guests per 3 hour time period: Unlimited
  • Groups of 8 are more welcome with reservation? Yes
  • Tastings held:Outdoors

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Make the Most of Your Discovery Pass

Whether you’re a seasoned Discovery Pass professional or a first-timer, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your tour in Niagara.

How does the Discovery Pass Work?

Your Discovery Pass entitles you to six (6) wine and culinary pairings. You can choose from 18 participating wineries across Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Niagara Benchlands (Niagara West).

  1. Purchase your Discovery Pass online now!
  2. Getting your passes – You will receive your e-ticket(s) via email immediately after you complete your purchase. Download the ticket from the confirmation email and save (screenshot) on your smartphone (or print and bring with you). Each ticket has a unique QR code with 6 wine and culinary experiences attached to it.

Plan your route.

Your Discovery Pass is valid for the full weekend, so use the Discovery Pass map to plan a route that leaves you plenty of time to relax and enjoy your experience. Better yet, plan one day in Niagara-on-the-Lake and another in the Niagara Benchlands to get a full taste of Niagara.

Tasting experience reservations are recommended.

It is highly recommended that you reserve your tasting experience in advance (some wineries will only welcome guests with reservations. You will be asked to select which day, and if you'll be tasting between 11am-2pm or 2pm-5pm (not a specific appointment time). You will also receive an emailed itinerary and option to add your tastings into your calendar.

Experience the wineries.

After you’ve sipped and savoured the Discovery Pass pairings, give yourself some time to experience the distinct features of each winery. Spend some time sampling new releases at the tasting bar, take a stroll through the vineyards, or snap some pictures of you and your friends enjoying your Discovery Pass in the snow-covered vines!

Six experiences not enough?

No problem! You can easily purchase another Discovery Pass via the Festival website – your e-ticket will arrive in your inbox instantly.

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 6 wine and food pairings at participating wineries. Driver's Discovery Pass tickets are $39 +HST and include 6 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 for the weekend you have selected – either June 17-19 or June 24-26. Wineries are open for the Discovery Pass from 11am – 5pm daily (unless noted in their description)

What is the difference between a Discovery Pass and a Driver's Pass?

The Discovery Pass includes six VQA wine tastings with culinary pairings. The Driver’s Pass includes six non-alcoholic cocktails with culinary pairings.

Can I share my Discovery Pass?

Yes, you can! Each Discovery Pass includes 6 tasting tickets – which means 6 food and wine pairings total. You can divide them up however you'd like – just ask the winery staff to scan your QR code for as many tastings as you’d like to use.

Are there options for people with dietary restrictions?

Most wineries have a vegetarian option. Review the Wine & Food pairings and look for notations of vegetarian or vegetarian options, then plan your route!

What if I never received/lost my Discovery Pass?

Please contact gabby@niagarawinefestival.com no less than 48 hours prior to the event start date.

What if I need help with my e-ticket?

Contact gabby@niagarawinefestival.com for assistance.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email gabby@niagarawinefestival.com

Can I bring a group?

Please review the Discovery Pass Listings to see which wineries will welcome groups of 9 or more guests. All groups will require advance reservations.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

Tickets are final sale. Refunds will only be issued for extraordinary circumstances, or upon request if the province mandates another shut-down due to COVID-19. Registration/ticket processing fees are not refundable. Event is rain or shine - refunds will not be issued for weather.

What are the covid-19 and health and safety protocols?

Participating wineries operate in accordance with current Ontario and regional protocols. At current, masks and proof of vaccination are not required, however this policy is subject to change based on guidelines and local ordinances as the event approaches. COVID safety protocols are in place at winery locations, including sanitization and outdoor tasting spaces. By purchasing ticket(s) you acknowledge that you are in compliance with current provincial mandates.