11 Niagara Region wineries with incredible restaurants
It’s no secret that one of Canada’s most celebrated wine regions is also home to some of our most exciting restaurants. Make a reservation at one of these winery restaurants in the Niagara Peninsula for your next dining adventure and enjoy incredible local wines matched to perfection with wine inspired, locally sourced menus.
The restaurant at Vineland Estates Winery changes its menu seasonally to reflect the freshest locally sourced ingredients from Niagara foragers and farmers.
The rustic charm of the renovated 1845 farmhouse and relaxed atmosphere on the newly renovated deck add to the overall ambiance. Take in views towards Lake Ontario, the Toronto skyline and a canopy of beautiful trees.
Choose from the chef’s tasting menu of both classic and reserve Vineland wines, thoughtfully paired with each course offered. Notable menu options include seared scallops with grilled calamari, rillettes of the day, terrine, house-cured meats, pastrami, tuna crudo and Lake Erie yellow perch.
Location: 3620 Moyer Road, Vineland
Owned by sisters Angela Marotta and Melissa Marotta-Paolicelli, this award-winning winery is nestled on the north tip of the Niagara River and features stunning views across the river and towards Lake Ontario.
Stay for a delicious meal from a menu that salute the sisters’ proud Italian heritage. Dishes like arancini (Sicilian rice balls with smoked mozzarella) and carciofi (artichoke), and meals infused with fresh aromatic herbs, fresh tomatoes and marinated olives are paired with the appropriate Rosé, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. Take a moment to savour the extra virgin oil, which is exclusively bottled for dining.
Strewn Winery is located on the site of a repurposed 1940s cannery and has become a highly popular destination for wine lovers visiting Niagara. The grapes from their own vines and from those of 16 other dedicated local growers have enabled Strewn to create remarkable wines for over 25 years.
Visit the Tapas Bar and Restaurant to tour and sample signature olive oils and balsamic vinegar. Stay for a full meal at the restaurant featuring the winery’s famous balsamic vinegars and virgin olive oils in their seasonal lunch and dinner menus, paired with sommelier wine selections. Enjoy tapas and sharable plates that showcase a variety local meats, cheese and herbs. Or choose heartier pastas, seafood and delectable sandwiches. Lunch and dinner menus also include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Location: 1339 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Small, family run vineyard, Caroline Cellars has been making wine for four-generations in both Germany and Canada. Their grapes are sourced from two farms in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area and their vintages are only available at the restaurant and winery.
Experience exclusive tastings at the onsite Farmhouse Café, matched with a menu almost entirely sourced locally from Niagara’s farming community. Some ingredients, like tomatoes and herbs come directly from their own garden. The rotating homestead stye menu features an array of comfort dishes from salads to German schnitzel and spaetzle, authentic German sauerkraut, charcuterie, sandwiches, tacos and poutine.
Location: 1010 Line 2 Road #358, Virgil
Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, the restaurant at Trius Winery is an excellent choice for upscale farm-to-table dining, with multi-course tasting menus and wine pairings. The restaurant décor features luxurious hardwood floors, rich red upholstered furniture and orb chandeliers that lend a charming elegance while the outdoor dining in the Wine Garden in warmer months boasts a romantic atmosphere.
The menu may feature Icewine Pulled Pork and White Bean Cassoulet Poutine, falafel cakes, steaks and homestead farm fried duck eggs, to name a few. Special events include blind tasting dinners, collaborative cooking classes, themed dining events and the prix fixe three-course fixed menu for couples on 'Monday Night Date Night.'
For a truly unique gourmet experience, make your next reservation at Pearl Morissette.
Although the meals are inspired by French cuisine, this country boutique winery embraces an omakase approach to dining. There is no menu to peruse. Instead, guests are treated to the element of surprise when locally sourced and organic ingredients are transformed into course items by the trusted chef. Each day presents a different food and organic wine presentation and that’s what makes this experience so special. Pearl Morissette also has a no tipping model.
Be sure to indicate any allergies or dietary restrictions when making reservations.
Location: 3953 Jordan Road, Jordan
Perched on a hilltop along the Beamsville Bench, Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery offers magnificent views of the Niagara Escarpment. That’s just one of the many reasons to dine at this stunning Insta worthy red brick Victorian manor. The seasonal menu is as much of a visual delight as it is mouthwatering to taste.
Location: 5600 King Street, Beamsville
At Peller Estate, celebrity Executive Chef Jason Parsons and Winemaker Katie Dickieson collaborate their talents to produce exquisite and delicious food and wine pairings. Known for his love of fresh herbs, Chef Parsons comes with over two decades of culinary experience, including extensive work in Michelin restaurants, to influence his mouthwatering creations that feature freshly sourced local ingredients. And his close connection with Katie Dickieson showcases a truly dynamic synergy resulting in perfectly paired menu and wine offerings, including the dessert options. Patio dining is available with the stellar views of the expansive vineyard.
Many of the ingredients for the seasonally inspired food at this family owned organic vineyard restaurant is harvested from their own expansive garden and transformed into delightful dishes.
Bounty from the garden includes an abundant of garlics, peppers, asparagus, rhubarb and over 300 varieties of tomatoes. Honey is also produced on the property from 40 beehives. Share a starter meal with ingredients that include local cheese, a variety of fresh herbs, heirloom and garden tomatoes. Main entrees feature sustainably sourced salmon and tender meat dishes garnished with sauces, herbed salads, roasted garlic aioli and pickled vegetables. There’s no shortage of comfort food either. Pizza with organic Canadian wheat is baked in the wood oven and loaded with an assortment of freshly seasoned toppings infused with seasoned aromatic herbs and spices. There’s also a very appetizing dessert selection for your sweet tooth. Pair or sample the creations of Head Winemaker, Lydia Tomek. Tours can be arranged to see the vineyard and the garden and be sure to stop by the grocery store to pick up some local products.
Location: 1366 York Road, St. Davids
Founded in 2009, Redstone Winery is an organic vineyard and winery just outside of Beamsville, that has consistently won awards and accolades for its wine, as well as for its hospitality centre.
The contemporary facility features wood, stone and glass with tall ceilings, a fireplace and large windows that open to the patio and vineyard. There’s also a garden on the property that harvests ingredients for the kitchen. Open for lunch, dinner and private group dining, menu items include soups, snacks, appetizers, main courses and desserts, complemented with reds, whites and sparkling wines from Redstone and sister winery, Tawse.
As a living wage establishment, Redstone follows a ‘service included’ model that customers are not required or expected to tip.
Location: 4245 King Street, Beamsville
The trifecta for foodies, Inn on the Twenty is a fine dining restaurant and upscale inn, located across the street from Cave Springs Winery. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also an onsite spa. So instead of visiting for a meal, stay for dinner, wine tasting, spa treatment an overnight and delicious breakfast.
Impressive floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the patio and garden and the Twenty Valley Conservation Area, make the perfect backdrop to your dining experience in the restaurant. Seasonal menu options showcase the flavours of the regions featuring the vision of Chef Sheila Polingga. Complete your meal with local wine, including Cave Springs’ sensational Rieslings and Cabernet Francs.
Location: 3836 Main Street, Jordan
Last updated: September 12, 2023