This year wine lovers everywhere celebrated the highly anticipated June 13th National Rosé Day from the comfort of home, as wineries and restaurants everywhere remained closed to promote social distancing and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Now it’s time to get back to sipping wine the right way, as Niagara Region’s long lists of wineries have begun to reopen, welcoming back vinoisseurs to tour, taste and learn about the bubbly pink stuff we love to love.
With the region committed to putting public safety first, and wineries continuing to operate under provincial standards, wine tours are a great way to enjoy the summer and sip rosé in a safe, social distancing friendly, outdoor environment. These wineries also offer curbside pick-up and online stores so you can stock up on your favourite bottles and enjoy rosé your own way.
Here are 11 wineries in order from east to west of the region, that are open for business and offering our favourite pink drink, rosé:
With tastings now being offered by appointment, at Rosewood Estates Winery the mission is simple, to offer guests honest, low-intervention wine, innovative mead, and local honey—yes, honey! Rosewood Estates also specializes in mead— the world’s oldest known form of alcohol, commonly known as “honeywine,” made using three raw ingredients; honey, water, and yeast. After experiencing Rosewood’s mead, you’ll need to get a taste of their 2019 Flora Rosé, an electric pink and ready to drink bone-dry vino fermented using non-selected wild yeast before being aged for 5 months. Check it out online at their bottle shop.
Located in the heart of the picturesque Beamsville Bench, this critically acclaimed winery offers a wide selection of premium wines crafted using only certified organic estate fruit with sustainable and non-interventionist winemaking techniques that have a true sense of place and time. Rosé lovers can try their beautifully pink collection available online, featuring Nocturn Rosé, a pale ruby wine with a deep core of rich fruit concentration and notes of red cherry and raspberry. With tasting experiences now offered daily from their veranda and patio space overlooking the vine, this is a perfect spot for conscious rosé lovers!
A clear contender for one of Canada’s most acclaimed wineries, Cave Springs is back and has re-opened the doors to their coveted tasting room with experiences being offered by appointment only! This Niagara Peninsula winery prides itself on creating elegant and distinctive cool-climate wines that reflect more than 30-years of winemaking excellence—and one sip of their rosé says it all. Available for curbside pick-up and in their On-Line Wine Shop, Cave Springs has incredible rosé options to choose from. Their 2018 Rosé is a fermented dry wine that offers refreshing berry fruit and lively acidity, making it ideal for casual fare any time of the year.
Looking to celebrate reuniting with family and friends? Consider a visit to Vineland Estates Winery to do it! Here guests can take advantage of tours and tastings, online shopping and curbside pick-up for anyone looking to grab a bottle or two. Vineland also recently released their Frienzy Rosé Sparkling Wine – an effervescent bottle of Sparkling Rosé meant for celebrating the big and little things in life, the perfect sip after a long period of self-isolation.
Located right on the Niagara Escarpment in Jordan, Ontario, this small, quality-oriented winery is one you’ll definitely want to experience. Operating on the family’s 200+ year-old estate this spot is known for its Fancy Farm Girl wines, with newly released Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink 2019 sure to impress all rosé lovers. Sue-Ann Staff Winery is back to offering the full vino experience with tastings bookable online, and a Wine Shop open daily with online, in-person and curbside pick-up options available. Pair your afternoon of rosé sipping with one of Sue-Ann’s weekend charcuterie offerings, where guests can add snack boxes filled with meats, cheeses and lox to enjoy with any bottle.
Reminiscent of old-world charm combined with new world winemaking, this St. Catharines gem is back to offering onsite tours, tastings, open-air dining at its café, and picnics. Nothing says summer like an afternoon between the vines with a bottle of the estate’s signature rosé (also available online). When sipping this blush pink delight, you can expect aromas of rose petals paired with the flavours of vibrant cherry and a hint of cranberry to round out this refreshing and dry summer sipper. Though wine is the focal point of Henry of Pelham Estate Winery, the sights and sounds of the estate definitely add to the experience. The original buildings of the winery’s United Empire Loyalist forefathers make for a great backdrop while sipping.
This award-winning winery is beautifully positioned between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. Trius Winery boasts an iconic, inspired and innovative collection of wines that showcase the unique and rich terroir of the Niagara Region, and their Trius Rosé 2019 is no exception. This rosé isn’t just a pretty face— it’s made from a blend Gamay Noir and Syrah grapes to create a dry, light and fresh perfectly pink sipper. Not only is Trius ready to welcome guests back for tastings, but their inhouse Chef, Frank Dodd, offers delicious farm-to-table dining experiences that can be safely enjoyed on the Trius patio.
Also based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Stratus’ diversely planted vineyard and unusually rich soils are the base of their dynamic collection, ensuring variety and choice for every palate. Now offering outdoor tastings on their Vineyard Terrace, where you’ll be guided through a flight of four unique age-worthy wines. The must-try 2019 Rose Magnum can be purchased on their online store—a stunning sip, perfect for celebrating warmer weather.
The well-known Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery is open for business, welcoming guests with open arms to enjoy their outdoor tasting experience and collection of premium VQA vino. The Jackson Triggs Estate also offers a number of rosés to choose from, but the true showstopper is part of their Reserve Collection. This dry, medium- bodied and expertly balanced style Rosé bursts with vibrant aromas of strawberries, melons and citrus. It also pairs perfectly with the Jackson Triggs ‘Grab and Go’ culinary menu – where guests can purchase a bottle of wine and enjoy a ‘socially distanced’ picnic on the Estate’s lovely grounds, surrounded by the lush and serene vineyard. Can’t make it to the region? Check out their online store where you can shop through their full Niagara assortment, including their selection of rosés.
Named Wine Align’s 2018 Best Performing Small Canadian Winery of the Year, Two Sisters Vineyards are frequently at or near the top in all major Canadian Wine Awards. Two Sisters produce ultra-premium reds which require superior viticultural practices. Two Sisters Vineyards emphasize the varieties the estate grows best with our terroir; typically Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This carries over to their Rosé wines, including 92 point 2019 Margo Rosé blend estate-grown Bordeaux varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Tastings in our Wine Boutique are available daily, with special Outdoor Terrace Tasting Experiences available Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy at home with their curbside pick-up program or onsite at one of their tastings offered daily, Peller is a must-visit when in the Niagara-on-the-Lake region. With a wine portfolio featuring four collections you are bound to find your perfect pour and the Peller Private Reserve Rosé 2018 just may be it. Inspired by the refreshing Rosés of Provence, the Private Reserve Rosé 2018 wine gets is perfectly pink colour through several hours of skin contact with a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Go behind the scenes on Peller’s Greatest Winery Tour where guests can be guided through the vines, barrel room and Niagara’s only igloo-like lounge, the 10Below Icewine Lounge.
Whether you’re interested in an afternoon between the vines or looking to pick-up a bottle of the region’s best to enjoy at home, Niagara has you covered.