When it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to fall into the same old routine; dinner and a movie. This year, try something a little different. What about a surprise dinner prepared by a chef? A rooftop picnic under the stars? Or a wine festival, a spooky ghost tour, a sip and paint class… Whatever you might have planned, there’s one thing Valentine’s dates have in common: wine.
If you are a fan of wine, why not step up your game this year and surprise your special someone with a Valentine’s Day gift they’ll love? A weekend getaway to a romantic winery is the perfect opportunity to learn a little something about wine, try some new vintages, and reconnect away from the stress of everyday life.
Check out our list of Canadian wineries for you and your beloved this Valentine’s Day!
This scenic view will remind you of any fantasy-themed movies, known for its green landscape and beautiful blue skies. Like the landscape, their wine is also renowned worldwide - here, you can try their pinot noir, pinot gris, pinot blanc, merlot and chardonnay. With the help of their diverse climate, it helped create both crisp white and bold reds, loved by everyone around the world.
There are over 100 wineries you can enjoy here - maybe go for a winery hop with your partner! But make sure you stop by Mission Hill, Quail’s Gate, Cedar Creek and Summerhill Pyramid Winery, as they are the most well-known winery in Okanagan. A lot of these wineries have restaurants too, to complement their wines. You can even return later and join their wine festivals to taste their fresh batches!
Also known to be scenic and picturesque with its woodlands and lakes, it’s also loved for its wineries. Just a short drive from Victoria and you’ll see Averill Creek, Blue Grouse, Cherry Point Vineyards and Venturie-Schulze. Join their wine festivals for a wider variety of choices and learn more about the grapes and how they’re raised.
This is a renowned region in Québec which is packed with maple trees and scenic sights. It has lands dedicated to vineyards and orchards, lands rich in nutrients to produce a wide selection of fruits. They also produce a good variety of ciders and fruit wines, with their wines good enough to attract wine-loving tourists. They have a wide variety of reds and whites, but their rosés are probably the most memorable and popular out of the wines they serve.
Check out schedules of wine festivals that you can join in on these wineries: Domaine St-Jacques, Les Petits Cailloux and Vignoble des Pins. Restaurants in Québec encourage their diners to bring their own wine, so make sure you get the best bottles of your favourite wine for this Valentine’s Day!
Prince Edward County
Located in Ontario, this small getaway is one of Ontario’s secret winery destination. Canada’s tropical paradise, and also the newest in the grape growing business. It might have this rural appearance, but it’s filled with authentic Canadian culture and history. It’s known for its sandy white beach named the Sandbanks beach and its selection of nature parks, arts, and wineries.
It’s a three-hour drive from Toronto, and a great way to avoid the crowd flocking for the best wines. It has lower temperatures than Niagara and most of the grapes that favour cooler temperatures are grown here, like the chardonnay and pinot noir.
Check out the wineries that are popular here: Closson Chase, Black Prince Winery, Huff Estates Winery and Grange of Prince Edward. Savour each wine sample and share a toast with your partner for a longer relationship.
Dubbed as Ontario’s best-kept secret, this small island is not only a place of beauty and nature reserves but also home to the renowned Pelee Island Winery. Pelee Island boasts over 10,000 acres of beautiful vineyards, beaches, parks, farms, and forests - a perfect getaway if you want to surprise your partner with a stunning view. Pelee Island Winery is a perfect place for a romantic Valentine’s Day or maybe even a proposal.
In here, they grow a variety of reds and whites, the favourites would be their chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, merlot, and pinot noir. The weather makes it an ideal place to grow these varieties and provide a delicate flavour in their wines. It has the same latitude as the Rioja, Spain, Porto, Portugal, Provence, France, and Tuscany, Italy, known for their wine selections. Their wine festivals are always looked forward to and are filled with magical moments and a good selection of wine.
Lake Erie North Shore
Called as Ontario’s Southern charm, it has the ideal climate to grow a variety of grapes for the perfect wine. This picturesque location will remind you of European Cliffs and humble villages, as well as their wines. Lake Erie North Shore houses 11 wineries, and the most popular ones would be the Cooper’s Hawk’s Vineyards and the Mastronardi Estate Winery. While known for their classic riesling, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot noir, give their varieties a taste and make your Valentine’s Day extra memorable!
A live painting found in Ontario is filled with countryside inns and rustic charm found in most of the architectures. It boasts over 60 wineries and its lands are growing three-quarters of Canada’s grapes. It’s known for its chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir and cabernet-franc varietals, thanks to its complex mix of soils and perfect climate.
It’s also where the popular Canadian icewine is made as well - perfect for your sweet tooth as it’s incredibly sweet and was harvested when it was frozen on the vine. It also has Canada’s biggest and most popular wineries like Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Peller Estates, and Two Sisters Vineyards are known for their good wine.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Rosé Picnic!
Want to continue the wine celebrations after Valentine’s Day? For a limited time only, the Rosé Picnic is offering an amazing deal! From February 13th to 17th, 2019, you can get two tickets to our 2020 wine festival for only $50. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!