Wineries, Associations & Tours
Check individual winery websites for seasonal hours of operations and tour availability.
Aleksander Estate Winery (Ruthven)
Our focus is on making small batch, high quality wines that capture and reflect the characteristics of each vintage. Our vineyard is nestled atop one of the highest points in Essex County and is naturally protected, which allows the grapes to grow and express each growing season. The approach is to go above and beyond, not only in the practice of winemaking but also in the services provided to the guests.
Black Bear Farms of Ontario Estate Winery (Kingsville)
Black Bear Farms of Ontario Estate Winery is a family-operated winery and Essex County’s only winery specializing in fruit wines. We grow all our own fruit that is used in our 19 different award winning wines.
Colchester Ridge Estate Winery (Harrow)
Located on County Road in Harrow, just 50 meters from Lake Erie, Colchester Ridge Estate Winery (CREW) offers award-winning red and white wines. Some varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewuurztraminer. Sauvignon Blanc. Tours and small parties are always welcome. Tastings of premium wines and wine by the glass. Weddings, corporate events, special occasions and retail store. Stop by and join our CREW.
Colio Estate Wines (Harrow)
Colio Estate Wines is situated in Windsor–Essex County at Harrow, Ontario, the southernmost of all of Canada’s wine regions. The picturesque winery offers tours at 1, 2, & 3 p.m. daily which feature a chronological journey through the winemaking process that ends in their stylish Hospitality Centre and Retail boutique where any of their award-winning and popular wines can be tasted or purchased. Open daily year-round excluding major holidays. Wheelchair accessible and group/buses welcome by appointment.
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards (Harrow)
One of Essex County’s newest Wineries located in a pristine setting, we offer wine tastings with a unique view of our vineyards. Events and tours are available. We focus on high quality affordable wines grown on an environmentally supportive site. The winery is surrounded by 60 acres of Carolinian forest, green spaces and wetlands. Our name comes from one of the numerous birds of prey that frequent the property.
D’Angelo Estate Winery (Amherstburg)
Situated on 50 acres in Amherstburg, the D’Angelo Estate Winery vineyard consists of 42 acres of French Viniferas & Hybrid grapes producing award-winning wines and icewines. Our retail store is open year round. Tastings available anytime. For group tours, please call for appointment. Award-winning dry and dessert wines made from grapes from our 42-acre vineyard, for purchase at our on-site retail store.
Erie Shore Vineyard (Harrow)
One of Canada’s southernmost wineries, Erie Shore Vineyard is a family-run winery owned and operated by Harvey & Alma Hollingshead. The winery’s opening in 2002 made it the fifth modern day winery in this region. The winery has enjoyed much critical acclaim and awards for its estate grown wines. Enjoy the hospitality of the winery and its scenic views from the pavilion situated on the 40-acre vineyard property. The on-site store is open daily year round.
Mastronardi Estate Winery (Kingsville)
Mastronardi Estate Winery is nestled among the historical 100-acre Mastronardi Vineyards in the heart of Essex County. The vineyard, originally planted over 25 years ago during the revival of wine production in Southern Ontario, produces 18 varietals of Vinifera. The elegant European style tasting room awaits locals and tourists alike for wine tasting offered by a Mastronardi wine specialist. Call the winery to inquire about our award-winning VQA wines, vineyard tours, Groupon seminars, special events, all-inclusive outdoor weddings and private functions.
Muscedere Vineyards (Harrow)
Muscedere Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard which hand-harvests only the best grapes from our vineyard to produce premium wines. We take only the best grapes from our vineyard to produce premium wines. We take great pride in caring for and nurturing all aspects of the vineyard and winery with a relentless enthusiasm for producing fine wines. Using only the most meticulous vineyard techniques as well as optimum grapes, our commitment to quality is evident in our final product.
North 42 Degrees Winery (Colchester)
Come to experience our passion, beauty and southern hospitality. Located in Colchester, amidst Carolinian forests, our sun-quenched grapes gently caressed by Lake Erie breezes exhibit our exceptional flavour profiles. Taste the pure goodness of our wines made with love and care. Perfect for sharing with friends and pairing with foods.
Oxley Estate Winery (Oxley)
Located in the charming and historic hamlet of Oxley, Oxley Estate Winery will open in late June, 2012, with wines made from its small first harvest in 2011, verjus, and seasonal produce grown on site, including white asparagus, berries (Haskap, Saskatoon and Pink Lemonade Blueberry), figs and chestnuts.
Pelee Island Winery (Kingsville)
Pelee Island Winery is Canada’s largest estate-owned winery with approximately 600 acres of vineyards. The winery and head office is located in Kingsville, and the vineyards are located on Pelee Island, Canada’s southernmost point of inhabited land and the largest of the Lake Erie islands. Visitors can enjoy a detailed tour through the winery cellars and watch an informational video. After the tour there is an opportunity to taste some of our fine wines. We also have a gift shop, and a banquet hall for special events, private functions and weddings throughout the year.
Pelee Island Winery Pavilion & Vineyards (Pelee Island)
Our wine pavilion is the hub of activity on the island during the summer. Join us for an interactive wine tour through our vineyards, a wine tasting, a garden barbeque with beautiful views overlooking Lake Erie, and shopping in our retail store. After eating, take a stroll along our Red Cedar Savannah nature trail through the heart of Pelee Island. The pavilion is also home to dozens of special events, private functions and weddings throughout the year.
Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery (Harrow)
The Mitchell family warmly welcomes you to visit for a sample of handcrafted 100% Ontario VQA wines at their lakefront destination winery. The stunning retail centre is located on a picturesque property surrounded by ponds, vineyards, gardens and a sandy beach on Lake Erie. Purchase our delicious picnic baskets (May–Oct.) and soak in the setting with a glass of our wine. Enjoy live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and light appetizers every Sunday from 12–4 p.m. Providing a unique experience for everyone that joins us, we always strive to make your time with us memorable in our warm and elegant surroundings.
Viewpointe Estate Winery (Harrow)
Viewpointe Estate Winery offers wine and wine-making from a “different point of view.” This state-of-the-art facility produces premium wines and also offers a wide assortment of activities: interactive wine tasting, culinary demonstrations, customized events and seasonal cuisine on our Lakefront Patio with a breath taking view of Lake Erie’s north shore. Viewpointe makes for an ideal destination for any occasion.
Wagner Orchards and Estate Winery (Lakeshore)
Wagner Orchards and Estate Winery began with the first planting of apple trees in 1986. Beginning as a small “pick-your-own” farm, it has expanded to become a family agricultural destination. We produce unique high quality fruit and grape wines, sparkling wine and cider. We raise and sell our own beef, pork and poultry free of hormones, chemicals and antibiotics. Our food services include a farm bakery, producing fresh, homemade pies and strudels. We have an event room for parties, wedding receptions and other gatherings featuring our home grown food and wine. Tastings and retail store. Join us at Wagner’s for a day in the country.
Canadian Vintners Association
The Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) was created in 1975 as the Canadian Wine Institute and renamed in 2000 to better reflect the growth of this dynamic industry. The CVA represents over 90% of all wine produced in Canada including 100% Canadian, Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines and International-Canadian Blended (ICB) wine products. The Canadian wine market remains strong, supported by a continuing growth in consumption as Canadians’ beverage of choice. The sales and marketing efforts of Canadian vintners will continue to drive wine sales through all of our trade channels, including estate wineries, provincial and territorial liquor boards, private retail outlets, licensed establishments, and wine agencies.
VQA Ontario (Vintners Quality Alliance of Ontario)
VQA Ontario is a provincial regulatory authority that administers Ontario’s wine appellation system. Its primary functions are independent wine testing, audits, inspections and compliance. It also acts as a resource for independent information about Ontario’s appellations and wines of origin. VQA Ontario was designated as Ontario’s wine authority under the Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999.
Wine Country Ontario
Ontario, situated in central Canada, extends further south than any other province in Canada. Its wine grape growing regions are located along a strip of land that parallels the Canada/U.S. border along the northern shore of Lake Erie, as well as along the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario. The Great Lakes help to provide a temperate continental climate that has contributed to creating a zone in Ontario called the Carolinian Forest, named after the same habitat found as far south as the Carolinas in the United States. It is considered a Canadian national treasure with more species of rare plants and animals than any other place in Canada.
Canada South Wine Tours
Canada South Wine Tours is a Tourism Industry Council of Ontario (T.I.C.O.) certified tour company that specializes in tours of the local Windsor–Essex area wineries, offering daily tours and tastings of Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines and icewines. Whether you are a red wine aficionado, the curious type wanting to know a bit of viticulture and the winemaking process, or a novice wanting to learn how to taste and appreciate quality wines, we will provide a tour which will be entertaining, informative and fun. Tours typically last 6-7 hours. We will pick you up and return you to your group’s desired location (B&B, hotel, marina, casino, doorstep). You will visit at least 4-6 wineries and enjoy lunch in a vineyard. Tours include winery visits, tastings, unique meet-and-greets at the wineries, lunch in the vineyard and photographs of your wine adventure.
Essex County Tours: Pelee Island Wine Tour
Offering group tours and fieldtrips for individuals, as well as bus and charter tours. Includes The Pelee Island Tour, Canada’s Most Southern Bus Tour, where you will learn island history, see the sights, unique points of interest and have some fun as we tour the island. This tour includes a nature hike to the Old Lighthouse. For those of you who are unable to or would prefer not to hike. There is a nice area between Lake Henry and Lake Erie where you can enjoy the Lakes and natural beauty of Pelee Island while the other members of the tour are hiking to the Old Lighthouse. Receive a Complementary Pelee Island Wine Tour & Tasting Pass with each Pelee Island Tour. Prices vary.
Explore Pelee and its local tour guides will show you all the secret magical spots of the island and give historical accounts of life in Canada’s most southern community. Options include birding, bike and heritage tours for groups and individuals.
Murdo’s Getaway Horse & Carriage Service
Add something memorable to your special day, create a touch of elegance and fun for a special event, or enjoy a leisurely tour of selected Lake Erie area wineries in a horse and carriage. Includes day tours designed for families and winery tours for couples or small groups. The website also profiles the family of horses that you will escort you, including Stormy, Star and Sophie.
WindsorEats Wine Trail Rides: Cycling Tours to Essex County Wineries
The Wine Trail Rides, hosted by culinary guide WindsorEats each spring to fall, are a great way to explore Essex County’s wine region. Cycle through our beautiful region and explore the sites, sounds and tastes of Ontario’s other wine route. Each Wine Trail Ride includes tastings, tours, a guide, support vehicle and a meal made with local foods produced in the region. Wine Trail Rides are scheduled from May through October. See for yourself why WindsorEats was named Ontario’s best culinary tourism experience and the Canadian tourism industry’s Innovator of the Year.
Windsor Essex Trolley Tours
Windsor Essex Trolley Tours are brought to you by SOERC, a not-for-profit organization that passionately promotes the region’s vineyards, venues, agriculture and attractions. Destiny and Desire, our two popular trolley cars, are available for group tours, charter tours and “hop-on” tours for individuals, for a variety of events, including winery tours, festivals and weddings. Enjoy a comfortable ride with air-ride suspension, high windows and air conditioning/heat. And our trolleys are environmentally friendly: they use soy diesel! Come trolley with us to experience the incredible places to see, visit, and experience in Windsor–Essex.