Three women enjoy a cheeseboard and wine sampling at Adamo Estate Winery.

Adamo Estate Winery | Central Counties

Emerging wineries near Toronto to visit

Three women enjoy a cheeseboard and wine sampling at Adamo Estate Winery.

Adamo Estate Winery | Central Counties

From the pastoral countryside of Headwaters and the satellite communities in York and Durham Regions to the recreational lakes of Kawartha and rolling hills of Northumberland, explore a wonderful selection of inviting and down-to-earth wineries.

Discover distinguished reds, whites and sparkling wine, as well as unique fruit wines and even meads.

Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) is a regulatory and appellation system that guarantees the quality and authenticity of Canadian wines made in British Columbia and Ontario. It is similar to systems in France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Add the VQA wineries and other vineyards near Toronto to your next road trip or getaway itinerary.

Wineries north of Toronto

Adamo Estate Winery

Overlooking the 10-hectare vineyard this winery features a stately production, tasting and retail facility. It’s the perfect complement to the full resort experience at Hockley Valley Resort, a ski, golf, spa and culinary destination next door.

Sample a “mix & match” flight of cool climate varietals of chardonnay and pinot noir, plus Riesling, gamay noir, cabernet franc and Vidal. Pair with a cheese tray or a charcuterie of meats, pickles and savoury nibbles from the Paddock Cafe.

Approximately an hour’s drive north of Toronto. Adamo Estate Winery and Hockey Valley Resort are perfect for a memorable weekend away.

Location: 793366 3rd Line EHS, Mono

Windrush Estate Winery

Take your senses on a journey, surrounded by nature. Just north of Caledon in Hockley Valley, passionate winemakers at Windrush invite you on a private tour and tasting. Sample their award-winning wines and discover the perfect flavour for your palette.

Take in the incredible views from the terrace and explore the hiking trails around the vineyard.

Location: 3100 Concession Road 3 Adjala, Palgrave

Holland Marsh Wineries

Quality hand-crafted wines are produced at this boutique winery using a balance of Old World winemaking traditions and innovative, earth-friendly practices.

Book a guided tour and tasting experience or simply sample a tasting flight paired with an artisanal cheese or charcuterie board. Wood-fired oven pizzas are a great reason to visit on weekends.

About an hour’s drive from Toronto, Holland Marsh is surrounded by historic farming communities.

Location: 18270 Keele Street, Newmarket

Gallucci Winery

Not far north of Toronto you’ll feel a world away from the city at Gallucci Winery in Stouffville. Soak in views of the sprawling vineyards and lush forest surrounding the villa-esque show and tasting room.

Sample deep reds, crisp white and quality Icewine. Book tours, tastings and dining reservations in advance and give yourselves ample time to enjoy this picturesque gem.

Gallucci Winery is just under an hours’ drive or two hours on a GO bus from Union Station.

Location: 13204 Ninth Line, Whitchurch-Stouffville

Willow Springs Winery

Sample award-winning VQA wines in the tasting room or on the outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard nestled in the Oak Ridges Moraine in York Region.

Choose from different French hybrid varietals as well as highly decorated Icewines.

Only one hour’s drive from Toronto or a two-hour GO bus ride from Union Station, Willow Springs Winery is a gorgeous day trip destination from the city.

Location: 5572 Bethesda Road, Whitchurch-Stouffville

Magnotta Winery

Book a tour at Magnotta Winery’s Vaughan location to witness the behind-the-scenes at one of Canada’s largest producers of Icewine.

This fascinating and flavourful experience is less than an hour drive from Toronto by car or a 35-minute subway ride from Union Station and five-minute cab ride.

Location: 271 Chrislea Road, Woodbridge

Wineries east of Toronto

Rolling Grape Vineyard

Twenty minutes south of Peterborough and 90 minutes from Toronto is a scenic winery located on a historic family farm overlooking the rolling hills of Bailieboro.

A variety of grapes are grown and harvested each season, including frontenac petite pearl, Vidal and Marquette, their signature red. New experimental varieties are also being tested.

Check out the calendar of special events, book a seat for Sunday brunch or simply take a blissful walk through the vineyard grounds with a freshly poured glass of wine.

Location: 260 County Road 2, Bailieboro

Villa Conti Oak Heights Winery

Rolling hills with row after row of vineyards make a lovely backdrop for this Italian-style winery, that’s less than a two-hour drive from Toronto.

After tasting the wines, pair your favourite with a family-style, farm-to-table fare dining experience, where you’ll get to try a smorgasbord of Chef Tommaso’s specials or select from pasta choices like fettuccine with porcini mushrooms, veal scallopini or lamb chops with chef pasta.

Location: 337 Covert Hill Road, Warkworth

Kawartha Country Wines

Two hours northeast of Toronto, this family-owned wine shop has everything a country store should have, and then some.

Discover fruit wines and ciders crafted with care including the sparkling strawberry rhubarb or the golden russet cider. Ask about complimentary sampling and in-depth tasing experiences.

Location: 2452 Peterborough County Road 36, Buckhorn

Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery

Enjoy complimentary tastings and tour the apple orchards at this four-generation family farm. Archibald’s produces fruit wines such as spiced apple wine, maple wine and sweet peach wine.

Bowmanville is approximately an hour’s drive east from Toronto.

Location: 6275 Liberty Street North, Bowmanville

Applewood Farm Winery

Located north of Port Perry and approximately one hour drive east of Toronto, Applewood Farm Winery has been perfecting award-winning fruit wine, cider and mead for over 20 years.

Plan a leisurely visit to the picturesque winery for tastings and fun farm activities like wagon rides and fruit picking.

Location: 2055 Saintfield Road, Sunderland

Ocala Orchard Winery

Ocala is Durham Region’s only grape grower with a beautiful vineyard and a century-old apple orchard.

Book a wine tasting or a weekend lunch to sample grape and fruit-based wines as well as non-alcoholic sparkling wines. Take in the gorgeous view and enjoy unforgettable flavours just an hour’s drive northeast of Toronto.

Location: 971 High Point Road, Port Perry

Last updated: March 21, 2024

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