Five of the most stunning wineries just an hour’s drive from Toronto

Let’s face it—when you think vineyards and wine tastings in Ontario, you either think of Niagara-on-the-Lake or Prince Edward County. There’s no doubt that these areas possess a rich tapestry of options for wine selections and experiences. But what about the other sweet and cozy towns that you’ve yet to have your taste buds explore? Just an hour’s drive from Toronto, there are plenty of Instagram-worthy vineyards to explore. Here are our top picks for some last-minute sips this September.

Angel’s Gate Winery


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This establishment was founded in 2002 and is easily identifiable with its church-like exterior in Beamsville, Ontario. The vineyards are vast and stunning, run by a man who emphasizes the importance of character and elegance in wine. It won’t be too difficult to feel elegant while walking through their extravagant chapel doors and helping yourself and five other friends to more than 30 assortments of wines. Photography services are also offered to commemorate the moment, whether it’s a girl’s weekend away, or your wedding day.

Featherstone Estate Winery


Comfy and homey, Featherstone Estate Winery and will give you a warm sensation for more reasons than just the wine. Featherstone has distinguished itself as an insecticide-free vineyard since 1999 and practices eco-friendly farming. It is also bursting with unique experiences that will make your visit memorable, such as exclusive tours, group tastings on the veranda, a display of falconry, and a tour with the sheep of the estate. This is not going to be an experience you are likely to forget.

Fielding Estates

Also located in Beamsville, Ontario, Fielding Estates boasts an assortment of wines that define pristine. The style is reflected in the aesthetics of the vineyard, and tasteful wood dining room with a simplistic and relaxed vibe. The incredible view of the vineyard can be viewed in many ways at the Fielding Estates—through a patio-style lounge, an indoor lodge, or a Wine Dome Lounge experience.

Rockway Vineyards


Found in St. Catherines, Ont., this winery is an experience in itself, sweeping you away from the day-to-day bustle of everyday life into a calm oasis of indulgence.Tucked away in the Twenty-Mile Bench of the Niagara Escarpment, Rockway is the perfect spot to catch one last glimpse of Ontario’s spectacular fall colours. Rockway has a vineyard and a golf course and a beautiful restaurant. The winery and dining room’s classic oak and iron interior will make you believe you’ve been swept away to rural France.

Westcott Vineyards

This winery is family-owned in Jordan Station, Ont., with a view you can drink in and savour. This husband, wife, and son establishment offers guided tasting experiences, a rustic patio for seasonal dining, and a unique opportunity to find serenity through yoga and a glass of wine. Watch the sunset as you follow a guide every Wednesday and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no doubt your wine selection will also keep you inspired!