It’s #nationalwineday Ladies! Who here loves having their glass of wine as much as I do?
To celebrate one of the best national days in my opinion (it may be because it gives me an excuse to have a glass of wine on a Thursday), I thought it would be a great opportunity to write about my experience wine tasting in Ontario’s very own Wine country, Niagara with Mustang Wine Tours.
For my birthday and friend Troys, my boyfriend and his girlfriend planned a wine tasting tour in Niagara to celebrate. I’ve never done a wine tasting up until this point, so I was very excited when I found out what they had planned. First of all let me point out that I didn’t know anything about wine and I barely even liked wine at this point, but once I did this tour I had a whole new appreciation for it. The time it takes to grow the grapes to perfect fermentation, picking them and actually producing the different types of wine is a very intricate process and one that is very detailed.
Mustang Wine Tours is a local company that organizes a wine tour of four different distilleries, all while riding in a mustang. I mean what could get better than that? Unfortunately for our tour one of the mustangs had been in an accident a few days prior and was not repaired in time. So instead of only one couple getting to ride in a mustang, we decided to all ride together. The owner picked us up in his very classy Lexus, which we were all completely fine with. To make up for this inconvenience they organized a huge charcuterie and dessert table at our very first stop, which was Legends. Legends was a smaller wine making company, but had a beautiful place to enjoy our wine tasting and food outside.
Our next stop was Wayne Gretzky Estates, which if you’re a hockey fan you would love it here. Wayne Gretzky being one of the greatest hockey players, also has a knack for making some pretty good wine. It was actually quite interesting to learn that Gretzky also has the same winemakers as Trius, which was our third stop.
Trius is one of the more aesthetic and Instagram photo worthy distilleries in Niagara’s Wine country. It was probably my favourite stop on the tour because I never had tried any of their wines prior to going there and I learned that I love the way they make their wines. If you’re looking for a sweeter White wine that is light and smooth, I highly recommend the Late Autumn Riesling. It’s sooooo good!
Our last stop brought us to Peller Estates. The venue was remarkable and they also had some really great wine. The waiter that we had with us was also very knowledgeable and explained to us how to properly taste the wine to ensure we tasted all the fragrant. First you’re supposed to swirl the wine in the cup and take a sip. Who would have known? Not me. But I highly recommend trying your wine like this next time you open a bottle, I promise you’ll get a strong taste for the fragrance that you’ve never tasted before.
The owner of the company was really nice, friendly and planned such a great tour for us at some of the top distilleries. The price was actually very reasonable considering that we didn’t have to worry about having a designated driver, four wine tours and some extras that he threw in as well. I highly recommend using them to plan your next wine tour when you’re in the Niagara region and it’s a bonus you get to support local small businesses.
If you’ve never done a wine tasting before, I highly recommend it. It’s a great opportunity to try different wines you may not have tried otherwise and it’s a fun day outing to do with your family and friends, while drinking wine all day. I mean who doesn’t want to do that?
Anyways I hope you enjoyed this little review and it gives you some inspiration for a day outing to enjoy once this pandemic ends!