Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival: The Best of Wine Tasting Niagara

June 7, 2019 10:02 am

Niagara Falls is one of the most romantic places in the world. One of the reasons is because of the abundance of gorgeous Niagara wineries Glass of Red Wineto visit that set the mood. Niagara Falls is one of Canada’s largest wine regions, producing world-famous wines like ice wine.

The Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival is a way to experience wine tasting Niagara, with Niagara on the Lake wine tours showcasing top wines and food from famed Niagara Falls chefs. It takes place this June, features 30 Niagara wineries and is a great event to check out when you’re visiting Niagara Falls.

Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival Details

When: June 15-16, June 22-23

TD Wealth Tailgate Party: June 15, 6-10:30 p.m.

Homegrown Discovery Pass: June 15-16, June 22-23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

RBC Brunch in the Vineyard: June 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: The TD Wealth Tailgate Party on June 15 takes place at 13th Street Winery, at 1776 Fourth Avenue, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 6P9.

The Discovery Pass gives passholders access to wine and food pairings at Niagara wineries June 15-16 and June 22-23.

The RBC Brunch in the Vineyard on June 23 takes place at Jackson-Triggs Winery, at 2145 Niagara Stone Road, Regional Road 55, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, L0S 1J0.

Cost: The Discovery Pass costs $45 and includes eight wine and culinary experiences across participating wineries of your choice.

The Driver’s Discovery Pass costs $35 and includes eight culinary experiences paired with non-alcoholic beverages across participating wineries of your choice.

The Discovery Pass Duo costs $45 and includes two Discovery Passes, each loaded with four wine and culinary experiences across participating wineries of your choice.

The TD Wealth Tailgate Party costs $90.

The RBC Brunch in the Vineyard costs $75.


What to Expect at the TD Wealth Tailgate Party

The TD Wealth Tailgate Party at 13th Street Winery kicks off the Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival on June 15, with 30 Niagara wineries pouring their best wines at the event. Head here for a diverse sampling of wine tasting Niagara, along with top Niagara Falls chefs pairing complementary cuisine with the variety of wine.

Young women drinking Red wineWhat to Expect at the RBC Brunch in the Vineyard

The RBC Brunch in the Vineyard at Jackson-Triggs Winery June 23 features an appearance by the Grape Growers of Ontario’s 2018 Grape King, Chris Van de Laar. The brunch features 8 top Niagara chefs and 20 wine samplings in an absolutely gorgeous setting.

Get a Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival Discovery Pass for Even More Wine Tasting Niagara

The Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival Discovery Pass is an excellent option if you want to explore Niagara wineries on your own time and see a variety of unique winery environments for Niagara on the Lake wine tours. Each general pass includes eight wine and culinary pairings. You could even purchase multiple passes to check out all 30 participating wineries throughout the four days the Discovery Pass is valid for.

Many wineries listed below also offer single food and wine pairings without a Discovery Pass, for $10 each. Here are the participating wineries where you can use your Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival Discovery Pass, along with details of what to expect.

13th Street Winery: Smoked cherrywood pulled pork taco with cherry barbecue sauce and fresh summer slaw with Gamay 2017. Not open Sundays.

Alvento Winery: Chinese spring roll from Ma Chinese Cuisine with West Wind 2018.

Creekside Estate Winery: Grilled haloumi, marinated olives, hummus, pepperonata and tzatziki with 2017 Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc.

Fielding Estate Winery: Strawberry and rhubarb cheesecake by Niagara Food Company with 2018 Rosé.

Flat Rock Cellars: Lime ancho chili grilled tofu tostadas with apple cumin slaw with 2016 Twisted or 2018 Pink Twisted.

Harbour Estates Winery: Montreal smoked meat sandwich with a mustard and pepper aioli with 2018 Baco Noir.

Henry of Pelham Family Estate: Key lime square with 2017 Estate Riesling.

Hernder Estate Wines: Spinach and feta spanakopita with tzatziki with 2017 Reserve Riesling.

Inniskillin Wines: Roasted sweet potato and pulled pork poutine with 2017 Discovery Series P3.

Jackson-Triggs Winery: Caprese grilled cheese sandwich with chili-pesto with 2018 Sparkling Moscato.

Kacaba Vineyards Winery: Grilled pork tenderloin with star anise remoulade over tri-coloured quinoa salad with 2016 Meritage.

The Lakeview Wine Co.: Roasted bell pepper bruschetta with jalapeño Havarti with Lakeview Cellars Fumé Blanc.

Legends Estates Winery: Local strawberry salsa and fresh rainbow chips with Legends 2018 Gewurztraminer.

Magnotta Winery: Wild mushroom ragout on crispy polenta with goat cheese with Venture Pinot Grigio or Venture Dry Rosé.

Megalomaniac Winery: House-made crostini topped with chicken galantine and minted balsamic strawberries with Contrarian White or Homegrown Red.

Niagara College Teaching Winery: Marinated mushroom and forbidden rice salad with white cheddar crumble from Benchmark with Balance Rosé and Balance Pinot Noir.

Palatine Hills Estate Winery: Seasoned shaved beef on a warm garlic naan topped with fresh tomatoes, diced onions and a sweet Donair sauce with 2017 Wild and Free Cabernet Franc.

Peller Estates Winery and Restaurant: Spicy duck Thai couscous bowl with Private Reserve Late Harvest Vidal.

Pillitteri Estates Winery: Charcuterie boat with cured meats, artisan cheese, pickled peppers, fresh picked tomatoes and rustic Italian-style breadsticks with 2016 Pinot Grigio.

Queenston Mile Vineyard: Smoked trout blini with crème fraîche, pickled Bermuda onion and fresh local dill with 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé.

Redstone Winery: Marinated queen scallops with strawberries, basil and balsamic with 2017 Rosé.

Rockway Vineyards: Fresh avocado, goat cheese, chicken and fig jam on a lightly grilled wrap with 2015 Small Lot Riesling.

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery: Seared diver scallop à la Nage with 2016 Fancy Farm Girl Frissonesque Sauvignon Blanc.

Trius Winery & Restaurant: Buttermilk chicken sandwich with homemade summer slaw with 2017 Trius Sauvignon Blanc.

Vineland Estates Winery: Duck confit and double smoked bacon rillette with a topping of local roasted strawberries and a dollop of goat cheese mousse with 2017 Pinot Meunier.

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery: Homemade chocolate cookie ice cream sandwich with Wayne Gretzky Merlot.

Book Your Trip for the Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival Now

If you plan on coming to Niagara Falls for the Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival, we’ve got plenty of exceptional Falls Avenue accommodations to choose from in Niagara Falls. We even have a Niagara Falls winery experience for more wine tastings and hotel specials. Book your stay now for access to all the great Niagara Falls attractions the region has to offer.