Niagara Grape & Wine Festival

Meet Me In Montebello

Park Experience

20-22Sept27-29

Fridays
5pm-10:30pm
Saturdays
11am-10:30pm
Sundays
12pm-8:00pm

Take advantage of the the ALL ACCESS LOUNGE PASS

Enhance your Montebello Park experience. New for 2019, the All Access Lounge Pass gives you the opportunity to experience the party in the Harvest Lounge, Sommelier Lounge and the new Wine Garden Lounge!

Drink. Eat. Dance. Educate. Experience.

Canada’s largest wine festival is a six-day celebration of Niagara wine in historic Montebello Park in downtown St. Catharines; one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in the Niagara that comes alive for two weekends in September. A celebration of Niagara and the bounty of harvest, the Montebello Park wine and culinary experience truly showcases all that the region has to offer.

Grab your friends and get ready for the best party of the year in Niagara as you head down to the park to enjoy over 100 wines, mouthwatering local cuisine, 50 hours of live music and a variety of entertaining wine seminars.

Entrance into Montebello Park is free

(Not guaranteed- subject to capacity limitations)
Tokens must be purchased for food and wine.
VQA Wines are priced at 2-3 tokens per glass.
AND local chefs are serving regional for 1-4 tokens per portion.

Download Montebello Park Guide
Niagara Grape & Wine Festival - Montebello Park Grounds Map

Wines of Montebello

Raise a glass and celebrate the harvest! We proudly serve 100% VQA wines, grown, vinified and cellared in Niagara. Find your favourites or explore new sips – let’s enjoy #VQAeveryday!

7
  • Gamay 2017
  • Pinot Gris 2018
  • Cuvée Rosé (46% Pinot Noir, 54% Chardonnay)
13
  • East Wind 2018 (Baco Noir)
  • South Wind Rosé 2018 (Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürztraminer)
  • Riesling 2018
14
  • 2018 Estate Bottled Riesling
  • 2018 Pinot Grigio
  • 2017 Red Conception (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec)
2
  • 2017 Twisted (Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay)
  • 2018 Pink Twisted (Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir)
  • 2018 Sparkling Twisted (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier)
16
  • 2018 Pinot Grigio
  • 2017 Sunset (Riesling/Merlot)
  • 2018 Baco Noir
3
  • 2018 Pinot Grigio
  • 2017 Sunset (Riesling/Merlot)
  • 2018 Baco Noir
15
  • EastDell 2017 Black Cab (Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • FRESH Possibilities NV Sparkling Rosé (Riesling & Gamay Noir)
  • Lakeview Cellars 2017 Viognier
1
  • Magnotta Venture 2017 Pinot Grigio
  • Magnotta Venture 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
8
  • Homegrown Riesling 2017
  • Homegrown Red 2017 (Bordeaux blend - Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc)
  • Selfie 2018 (Chardonnay Musqué, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc)
12
  • 2013 Dean's List Chardonnay
  • 2017 Balance Merlot
  • 2018 College Rosé (Pinot Noir, Gamay)
11
  • Private Reserve Riesling 2017
  • Private Reserve Gamay Noir 2017
  • Private Reserve Rosé 2018
4
  • 2017 Team Canada Red (Merlot, Cabernet Franc)
  • 2017 Team Canada White (Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer)
  • 2016 Cabernet Merlot (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot)
6
  • 17 Brickyard Riesling
  • 13 Bistro Chardonnay
  • 15 Cabernet Merlot
2
  • 2015 Small Lot Riesling
  • 2018 9 Pink Spritz (Vidal, Cabernet)
  • 2012 Wild Ferment Red (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah)
13
  • 2017 Lavelle's Vidal
  • 2018 Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink (Riesling, Cab Franc)
  • 2017 Gritstone Cabernet (75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon)
6
  • 2018 Grower's Blend Rosé
  • 2017 Unoaked Chardonnay
  • 2014 Tawse Pinot Noir
10
  • Trius Pinot Grigio 2017
  • Trius Merlot 2017
  • Trius Sparkling Brut Rosé N/V (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier)
5
  • 2018 Game Changer Rosé (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
  • 2017 Classic Cabernet Franc
  • 2018 Classic Semi-Dry Riesling
10
  • Wayne Gretzky Founders Baco 2018
  • Wayne Gretzky Founders Pinot Grigio 2018
  • Wayne Gretzky Platinum Series White 2017 (32% Viognier, 25% Chardonnay, 18% Riesling, 18% Pinot Gris, 5% Muscat, 2% Gewürztraminer)

Menu of Montebello

We’ve scoured the region for some of the best eats around!

Bean & Barrel Coffee Roasters
beanbarrelcoffeeroasters.com
905-246-8587

Selection of Coffee, Nitro Brew Coffee & Iced Tea

Boho Smoothie Bar
bohosmoothiebar.com
647-515-8232

Mouth-watering smoothies (vegetarian, vegan)

Carson’s Gastro Fare
carsonsgastrofare.ca
905-329-4656

Fried Chicken or Beef Sandwich, Duck Confit Poutine (Gluten Free), Avocado Fries (Vegan)

Dairy Farmers of Ontario
milk.org
905-821-8970

Selection of Ontario Cheeses

The Grantham House
thegranthamhouse.ca
289-362-1651

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Applewood Smoked Kettle Chips (Vegan), Nashville Hot Chicken

Incoho Restaurant
incoho.ca
905-682-0766

Parmesan Polenta Fries, Pulled Pork Sliders

Johnny Rocco’s Italian Grill
johnnyroccos.com
905-680-9300

Menu available in Montebello Park

Ma Chinese Cuisine
machinesecuisine.com
289-362-2888

Torched Salmon Maki, Cashew Nut Chicken, Torched Atlantic Salmon Pressed Sushi

Marble Slab Creamery
marbleslab.ca
905-682-6847

Select flavours of ice cream served with choice of toppings. (Vegan, Lactose free option), Handmade ice cream, sandwiches, Seasonal flavours of 1/2 litres

Moksha Indian Bistro
mokshaniagara.com
905-354-8585

Samosa Chaat (Vegetarian), Lamb Biryani (Dairy Free), Onion Bhaji (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual
mrmikes.ca
905-682-1023

Tomato Bruschetta, Crackling Sirloin Bites, Kickass Chicken/Steak Salad

Nacho Pablo
289-969-3960

Stacked Carnita Tostada, Drunken Tequila Ceviche, Loaded Dorito Nachos

N’ata Cosa
natacosa.ca
905-397-7494

Wood Fired Napoletana Pizza, Panino Italia, Dolce Sicilian Cannoli & Lemon Cannoli

Rose City Pizza
rosecitypizza.ca
905-788-1441

Pizza by the Slice, Hotdog and Fries, Steak Sub

Smoke and Moonshine
smokeandmoonshine.com
289-237-8153

Moonshine BBQ Plate (Gluten Free), Brunswick BBQ Stew with Cheesy Bacon Popcorn (Gluten Free, Dairy Free), Giant Maple Bacon Butter Tart

Smoke’s Poutinerie
smokespoutinerie.com
905-682-2873

Traditional Poutine (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Available), Jerk Chicken Poutine, Chili Poutine

Sweetie Pie’s Bakery
niagarafoodco.ca
289-669-0152

Icewine Butter Tart (Vegetarian), Local Fruit Crumble Tart (Vegetarian)

Tiara Restaurant at Queen’s Landing
vintage-hotels.com
905-468-2195

Brown Butter Fried PEI Lobster Grilled Cheese w/ Heirloom Tomato Jam & Smoked Ontario Cheddar, Fogo Island Ice Shrimp Roll w/ Creamy Cole Slaw, Sous Vide Lake Erie Pickerel, Charred Sweet Corn Cake, Fermented Habanero Crema

Twenty Kitchen & Bar
twentyrestaurant.ca

Chili Lime Chicken Taco (Dairy Free Option), Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taco (Vegetarian)

Centrestage Entertainment Lineup

Montebello Park is the premier setting for most of the Festival’s featured events including a great lineup of activities for the entire family. Experience award-winning wineries, Niagara cuisine and great entertainment each weekend. Enjoy your favourite local bands and a lineup of tribute bands as you sip and savour the best in Niagara. The mainstage in Montebello Park will feature an incredible all-Canadian line-up. Join us in Montebello Park for six days of the best live entertainment.

Dwayne Gretzky

FriSept20

  • 7pm
    madhatters
  • 8:15pm
    dwayne gretzky
Five Alarm Funk

SatSept21

  • 1pm
    upside of maybe
  • 3:30pm
    beejays
  • 6pm
    the postmen
  • 8:30pm
    five alarm funk
Chicken Fried

SunSept22

  • 1pm
    thorn & ross
  • 3:30pm
    mike lynch
  • 6pm
    chicken fried
The Caverners

FriSept27

  • 5:30pm
    generation train
  • 6:45pm
    mama rae & her bad decisions
  • 8:45pm
    caverners
Jonesy

SatSept28

  • 1pm
    the associates
  • 3:30pm
    the reclaimers
  • 6pm
    the mandevilles
  • 8:30pm
    jonesy
Pink FLoyd Niagara

SunSept29

  • 1pm
    big rude jake
  • 3:30pm
    vinyl flux
  • 6pm
    pink floyd niagara

All Access Lounge Pass

New for 2019, the All Access Lounge Pass gives you the opportunity to experience the party in the Harvest Lounge, Sommelier Lounge and the new Wine Garden Lounge! With exclusive access to premium bars featuring VQA wines, comfortable lounge seating with incredible stage views and private washrooms, make your Grape & Wine experience an unforgettable one!

All Access Lounge Passes are $15 +HST* (while supplies last) and include access to all three lounges in Montebello Park and your commemorative wine glass. Tokens are required for food and wine purchases – wines are priced at 2 or 3 tokens per glass. Advance tickets are recommended. Visit niagarawinefestival.com to purchase.

Fri Sept 20

5pm to 10:30pm

*Harvest Lounge: 7pm to 10:30pm *Sommelier Lounge: 5pm to 8pm
Sat Sept 21

11am to 10:30pm

*Harvest Lounge: 7pm to 10:30pm
Sun Sept 22

12pm to 8pm

Fri Sept 27

5pm to 10:30pm

*Wine Garden Lounge: 7pm to 10:30pm *Sommelier Lounge: 5pm to 8pm
Sat Sept 28

11am to 10:30pm

Sun Sept 29

12pm to 8pm

Dairy Farmers of Ontario logo

Harvest Lounge

The place to be in Montebello! Enjoy a private bar stocked with VQA wines selected by Niagara Winemakers specifically for the Harvest Lounge. Relax in comfort with exclusive seating areas and lounge tables offering amazing views of the Centre Stage, as well as private washrooms, a private token booth and a charcuterie bar. All wines in the Harvest Lounge are 2 tokens/glass.

Wine list
McGarr Realty logo

Sommelier Lounge

Enjoy premium VQA wines and sparkling wines in an al fresco wine café set in the historic Montebello Bandshell. Bistro tables, a premium bar and unparalleled views of the Centre Stage make this lounge the perfect place for an upscale experience at Grape & Wine! A wine menu featuring special and back vintage wines is available for 3 tokens/glass.

Wine list
McGarr Realty logo

Wine Garden Lounge

Stop and smell the roses in our newest lounge! Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Montebello Park Rose Garden as you sip premium and back vintage VQA wines, unwind on bistro seating and overlook the festivities with an expansive view across the park.

Wine list

Grape & Wine FAQ

How much does it cost?

The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival is a FREE admission event! Wine and food can be purchased using tokens – each token costs $3.50 (incl. HST) and can be purchased at the Token Tents in the park. Your festival glass is priced at 1 token. Food is priced by the vendors at 2-4 tokens.

How is the Wine is priced?

Main Park – 2 or 3 tokens/glass (10 or 15 tokens/bottle). Harvest Lounge -2 tokens/glass (10 tokens/bottle). Sommelier Lounge – 3 tokens/glass (15 tokens/bottle). Wine Garden Lounge – 3 tokens/glass (15 tokens/bottle).

Can I purchase tokens in advance?

Absolutely! You can skip the line and purchase tokens in advance at the Grape & Wine Festival office (8 Church Street, St. Catharines) or online at niagarawinefestival.com.

Where can I park?

The City of St. Catharines offers over 2,500 free parking spaces on Friday (after 6pm) and all day Saturday and Sunday within a 15 minute walk of Montebello Park. Please visit niagarawinefestival.com to view the parking map.

What kind of family fun can we find at Grape & Wine?

All kinds! Montebello Park is open to friends of all ages (ID required to access wine). The Tim Hortons Family Fun Zone is designed for families with activities, seating areas and kid-friendly food options. The Pied Piper Parade on September 21 invites kids to join in the fun as a parade participant and then enjoy a post-parade BBQ sponsored by the Real Canadian Superstore. And, of course, the Meridian Grande Parade has been a family favourite for 68 years … don’t miss it!

How “green” is Grape & Wine?

We’re green and groovy! All plates, napkins and cutlery are 100% compostable, and compost and recycling bins are located throughout the park. The plastic wine glasses are reusable and can be used at the Water Wagon for free, cool water throughout the event. Just like the City of St. Catharines, we are a plastic bottle-free zone. New for 2019, donate your wine glass to the Live Art installation in the #MyWineLife exhibit.

Is the park “pooch friendly”?

As much as we love our pets, Montebello Park is a pet-free zone. Please leave your furry friends at home.

#MyWineLife Exhibit

#MyWineLife Exhibit

Immersive Art Experience

Immerse yourself in this pop-up art installation that invites you to experience Niagara’s wine country without leaving Montebello Park! Snap some pics as you take in the sights and sounds in these four experiential pods offering up the perfect backdrop for your next Instagrammable moment!

Meridian Grande Parade

Meridian Grande Parade

Sat Sept 28 - 11am

Experience the magic as the streets come alive with the Parade of Many Colours! Be sure to grab your seat early to enjoy the spectacle created when thousands of musicians, dancers, acrobats, entertainers and floats fill the streets of downtown St. Catharines for the 68th Annual #MeridianGrandeParade!

Enter to win VIP seats!
Post a photo of you at a previous Grande Parade for a chance to win VIP seatingon Parade Day! Post your photo on the @NiagaraWineFest Instagram or Facebook account and include #MyParadeStC for a chance to win! (enter before Sept 21; one winner will be contacted via social media account).
Vote for the people’s choice award!
During the #MeridianParade, snap a photo of your favourite entry and tag it @niagarawinefest #PeoplesChoiceAward. The winner will be announced on stage Saturday night during Jonesy’s performance. Parade Route
Pied Piper Parade

Pied Piper Parade

Sat Sept 21 - 11am

Show the community your “True Colours” while marching the special “Kids Parade” route from Montebello Park and back. Dress head to toe in your favourite colour and join over a thousand children in singing True Colours, a fan favourite from Trolls! Registration is at 10am. Parade at 11am. Montebello Park - corner of Lake and Queen Streets.

Permission Form
Social Responsibility

Anyone over the age of 19 must wear a wristband in order to be served wine.

No smoking

No smoking is allowed on Montebello Park property. The Regional No Smoking By-Law enforcement will be in effect.

Parking

FREE parking in all city-owned lots after 6pm and on Weekends! City Parking Map

Family entrance

There will be a family entrance at Lake Street, strollers and wagons will be inspected.

last call

Last Call will be 10:15 sharp each evening and token booths will close at that time as well.

no glass

Wine must be consumed out of the commemorative acrylic glass. No glass is allowed in the park.

get home safe

Central Taxi will provide a Get Home Safe Program with taxi stands available at the Lake Street exit. Your Designated Driver is also on site - To pre-book, visit yourdd.ca or call 289-929-0701 or 1-866-931-5582.

Bottle Sales

Only one bottle per person per transaction. Bottles cannot be sold after 9pm on Sep 15th, 16th, 22nd and after 7pm on Sep 17th, 23th, 24th.

lost and found

The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Guests should contact the administration office regarding lost and found items 905-688-0212.

It is a violation of Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario’ liquor laws to bring alcoholic beverages inside Montebello park. Our event staff and security is committed to enforcing the liquor laws and alcoholic beverages brought inside the park will be confiscated.

All guests, regardless of age, will be asked to show ID when purchasing alcoholic beverages and will be provided a wristband. Wristbands must be visible when purchasing wine tasting and winery staff have the ability to ask for ID if they suspect someone wearing a wristband in not of legal drinking age.

The NGWF staff reserves the right to deny admission and/or alcohol to anyone that is intoxicated or poses a hazard to public safety.

Providing alcohol to minors, and possession of alcohol by minors is a violation of the province’s liquor laws. Guests furnishing alcohol to minors and minors in possession of alcohol will be removed from the park.

Anyone that appears to be under the influence of drugs or excessive alcohol will not be permitted into the park.

Security has the right to confiscate bottles should someone be drinking directly from it.

Winery partners are strictly forbidden to give customers corks or screw tops.

Please be advised that Montebello Park festivities are only active during the weekends of the Festival. Wineries are open throughout the week for tours and tastings, but Discovery Pass events only occur on the weekend as well.

Niagara Grape & Wine Festival Discovery Pass

There’s no better way to experience Niagara’s beauty than the Discovery Pass. Fall in love with Niagara and explore its lush vineyards with culinary experiences designed by winemakers and chefs to celebrate the fresh flavours of harvest across Twenty Valley and Niagara-on-the-Lake!

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