Think being bundled up by the fireplace with a glass is the only way to enjoy wine in the winter? The wineries of Ontario’s Southwest are going to change that view.These wineries are destinations all year long and continue offering wine fun in the winter months.
Be sure to check ahead as opening times can change depending on weather conditions and provincial guidelines.
We recommend that locals stay home as much as possible and only venture out if you feel comfortable doing so safely and in accordance with health guidelines. Outdoor recreation remains available to be enjoyed with those in your immediate household in your local area. Be sure to follow all posted guidelines and rules.
Alton Farms Estate Winery
Located in Plympton-Wyoming in Lambton County, Alton Farms specializes in creating small batch wines with sustainability top of mind. The vineyard property has access to trails making it the perfect destination for snowy trail hikes or cross-country skiing. Before heading to the winery, place your wine order on their website and it will be ready to pick up by the time you are done your trail fun.
Shale Ridge Estate Winery
The newest winery and cidery in the region, Shale Ridge, in Thedford, has just released its first wine, with more on the way, to complement their lineup of tasty ciders crafted with care from hand-picked fruit from their farm. Visit in the winter, grab a glass of wine from the tasting room and take a load off by the fire pits after enjoying the groomed trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. And, leashed dogs are welcome to join you too!
Dark Horse Estate Winery
A picture-perfect destination winery, Dark Horse is a must visit in the Grand Bend area. The floor to ceiling glass gives you amazing views of the snowy vineyard while you sip wine in the warm tasting room. It's a perfect spot to warm up after hitting the trails at nearby Pinery Provincial Park.
Quai du Vin Estate Winery
With the oldest planted vineyards in the Ontario’s South Coast Wines region, Quai du Vin Estate Winery in St. Thomas, proudly crafts wines made from 100% Ontario grown grapes. Grab a glass of their popular Vidal, or one of the other nearly two dozen wines in their catalogue, and walk through the snowy vineyard.
Smoke & Gamble
A short drive from Port Dover in Norfolk County, Smoke & Gamble and Frisky Beaver are two wine labels that share one winery location. Warm up with the complex flavours of the Smoke & Gamble lineup and have fun with Frisky Beaver wines in the velvet lounge or the beautiful all wood tasting room. You won’t be disappointed by either option.
Burning Kiln Winery
The views of the UNESCO World Biosphere of Long Point that you can get from near Burning Kiln Winery alone are worth a visit. Winter outdoor fans will love the trails that surround the area. Once your done with the exercise, step into the winery and sample their award-winning wines. They are open every Saturday and Sunday during February.
North 42 Estate Winery
Boasting one of the newest constructed winery facilities in EPIC Wine Country, the beautiful North 42 Degrees Estate Winery in Colchester has five patios with views of the vineyard and four fireplaces to curl up in front on any chilly winter day with their wines. Reserve a table at the on-site Bistro 42 and enjoy a meal made of fresh local ingredients. Be sure to call and make reservations!
Paglione Estate Winery
Celebrate the simple life and take in some Italian charm at Paglione Estate Winery in Canada’s southernmost wine region. You’ll warm up quick with heat from the wood-fired pizza oven that you can feel while you shop for wine. They have a menu of Italian favourite dishes that pair perfectly with their selection of wines.
Vivace Estate Winery
One of the newest wineries in all of Ontario’s Southwest, Vivace Estate Winery in Amherstburg is full of local charm and offers a tasty collection of wine made from mature grape vines that have been enriched by the area’s productive vinicultural climate. You’ll love the quaint tasting room that is lined with the barrels that age the wines you are sipping.
When you step out to visit these local wineries in your area, be sure to order delicious takeout from a local eatery to pair with the wines you are bringing home. If you don’t live in the local area, online shopping is available at each of these wineries with delivery options so you can enjoy their products at home all winter long.