Monday, March 31, 2014

Reif Estates Winery Niagara-on-the-Lake

As a stand-alone destination the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular place to wander the main street checking out the live theatre, shops, bakeries and restaurants of the original Capital of Upper Canada. Looking across the Niagara River to the American's Old Fort Niagara the area is also a hub for the extensive winery region that brings in millions of fermented grape lovers. Historic attractions like Fort George and Brock's Monument can be visited in between winery tours.
While standing at the Whirlpool Aero Car attraction in Niagara Falls we met a tour bus driver whom we asked to recommend a local winery - his answer was Reif Estates Winery.

"Reif Estate Winery is home to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s only Wine Sensory Garden, where carefully selected herb and floral plantings reflect the colours, aromas and flavours of the many grape varieties in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Set against the backdrop of an original 1870’s Coach House building, the Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling section of the garden features light foliage and flowers and aromatics such as honeysuckle, grapefruit mint and coriander. The Red section of the garden captures the robust nature of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with lush floral displays and the scents of chocolate mint and oregano. Meticulously kept, the gardens provide the perfect oasis for a leisurely stroll while enjoying a glass of award-winning Reif Estate wine."
For $5 we received a sampling of three wines, we picked three reds - Cabernet Merlot, Baco Noir and Gamay Cabernet, which were very enjoyable. And on that special Saturday, March 29, 2014 we stumbled into Reif Estates Mardi Gras celebration. Meeting new friends we tasted special pairings of food and wine and had a great time.

The grape vines are also waiting for spring

Back in Niagara-on-the-Lake we found the horse drawn carriages waiting for passengers by the impressive Prince of Wales Hotel. Then the candy apples in the windows made us head to a bakery for some late night treats.

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