Ontario’s craft distilleries take the art of crafting only the finest spirits very seriously.
From inventive techniques like crafting liquor from a dairy side product, or infusing native ingredients, including locally sourced fruits and herbs to adhering to traditional methods such as using a local wheat strain, they run the gamut. And the effort is worth it. Superb whiskys, rich rums, smooth vodkas, crisp gins and one-of-a-kind moonshines means there’s a lot to toast at our local distilleries.
Quick guide to distilleries in Ontario
Distillery tours and tastings
Tours and tastings are available at most Ontario craft distilleries and are a great way to get a behind the scenes look at the distilling process.
Windsor became the birthplace of Canadian whisky production with the establishment of Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. Distillery in 1858, and Canada’s reputation for high-quality, rye-flavoured whisky remains strong today. Visit the distillery and learn more about Windsor's whisky-making history on the Drinks of Walkerville Walking Tour hosted by Windsor Eats.
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Know before you go
In Ontario, you must be at least 19 years old to order, handle and consume alcohol. Ontario has a zero tolerance policy on impaired driving.
Last updated: March 11, 2023