Wineries Within a Day Trip from Ottawa
But wine lovers visiting Canada’s capital will be delighted to discover there are almost a dozen scenic wineries within an hours drive from downtown that welcome you to visit for seasonal wine tastings, vineyard tours, wine and cheese sampling and in some cases, yoga and wine.
Time for a wine road trip. Just be sure to buy an extra bottle for your designated driver or better yet, let La Vida Local Food and Wine Tours do the driving.
Located in the scenic town of Morrisburg on the St. Lawrence River, about an hour south of Ottawa, this riverside vineyard and winery makes for a lovely day trip. The tasting room serves samples of delicious wines and hard ciders which you’re welcome to take on a stroll through the vineyards and across the grounds to meet the farm’s resident dogs and horses. Wood-fired pizzas, nachos and cheese plates are also available to complement your drink.
Location: 5242 Smiths Rd, Morrisburg
A family-owned and operated winery, Smoke Ridge Vineyard is a 45 minute drive south of downtown Ottawa and specializes in hearty cold climate varietals like Frontenac and Marquette, as well as a recent dessert wine. Book a tour and tasting package to fully experience and appreciate their lovely vegan wines and check out the seasonal calendar of special events that features yoga and wine, paint nights and even a homemade hot sauce expo.
Location: 10090 Cameron Rd, Mountain
Open for tastings on the weekends, Green Gables Vines pays homage to the original traditional homestead and the hardworking pioneers who built it. Carefully selected hardy vines flourish in the unique microclimate of the area, ultimately producing the finest hand-crafted small lot wines.
Located under an hour drive south of Ottawa, walk-ins are welcome, or you can make a reservation for tasting and wine and cheese platters.
Location: 1600 Porter Rd, Oxford Station
A quick half hour drive east of downtown in Ottawa’s countryside, Vignoble Clos du Vully is located just beyond the rural community of Navan. Transformed from an old dairy barn, this family run winery invites you to book a weekend tasting experience with a generous flight of six wines in their lovely tasting room, a wine and cheese pairing or a picnic lunch in the vineyard, wine included.
Location: 2501 Magladry Rd, Navan
A stone’s throw from Vignoble Clos du Vully, Domaine Perrault is another family owned winery that overlooks beautiful rolling hills, making it a stunning wedding venue. Enjoy a presentation of the vineyard and winery along with tastings of a selection of varietals on the patio. You can also pair it with cheese and bread, or opt for the Sommelier Select experience, which features a sommelier selection of their premium wines, including from the reserve, along with cheese, breads and a charcuterie board.
Location: 1000 Perrault Rd, Navan
The village of Richmond is located within the city limits of Ottawa, approximately 30 minutes’ drive southwest from downtown, and is home to Jabulani Vineyard & Winery. Choose from the countryside property’s orchard, pondside or winery patio for tastings or picnic reservations. Picnics feature Jabulani’s very own cheeses to cured meats, dried fruits, and of course, cider and wine. Be sure to ask about the strawberry blend of Tipsy Turkey. Open Thursday to Sunday, and reservations are required.
Location: 8005 Jock Trail, Richmond
Half an hour west of Ottawa, in the beautiful Ottawa Valley, KIN Vineyards will impress you with gorgeous views over the rolling rows of vineyards, especially at sunset, hearty authentic Italian cuisine and exceptionally good wine. Rich and delicious dishes from Joe’s Italian Kitchen, including pinsa romana, a lighter, airier version of pizza, perfectly compliant deep Pinot Noirs and crisp Chardonnays.
Location: 2225 Craig's Side Rd, Carp
Specializing in Frontenac reds and whites, Vankleek Hill Vineyard is a labour of love for a family of three generations on a 22 hectare property an hour east of Ottawa. Open Thursday through Sunday, tasting take place in the outdoor lounge area facing the estates vines.
Their collection of hand-blended loose-leaf teas will impress teetotalers and tea savants. You can’t miss the striking popsilos (artwork on silos) as you enter the property. Part of the Popsilo Route throughout the area, a large raven overlooks the vineyard.
Location: 3725 Dandy road, Vankleek Hill
Eco-conscious, small-batch wines produced from carefully selected grapes, including Frontenac Noirs, Gris, Blanc, Marquettes and Swensen Whites an hours’ drive east of Ottawa. Book your visit in advance and enjoy tasting and tour experiences in the outdoor patio space adjacent to the vineyard. Attention cheese lovers! The Taste of Glengarry package pairs local artisanal cheeses from award-winning Glengarry Fine Cheese.
Location: 21065 Lochiel Rd, Alexandria
Last updated: March 17, 2022