Inniskillin Wines, Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Take a tour of one of Inniskillin's renowned vineyards at Inniskillin Wines. Founded in 1974, the winery specializes in ice wine production, putting to use the chilly Canadian winters. Take a guided tour of the scenic grounds and learn about the secrets of ice wine production. Visit the underground cellars to view the storage racks of some decades-old vintages. After the tour, you can indulge in delicious snacks and sample the rich, flavorful ice wine. To visit Inniskillin Wines and other attractions in Niagara-on-the-Lake, use our Niagara-on-the-Lake road trip planner.
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  • Lots of bus tours - a bit off-putting. Beautiful property. Was looking for non-alcoholic gift items (easier to transport non-liquids) - wished there were more options. Thought about lunch at the Barre...  more »
  • We are Great Estates Winery Club members and we prefer the Inniskillin Winery thanks to one employee in particular who simply excels in hospitality and tourism. Sylvie is simply the best!! Every time ...  more »
  • We had lunch here in a barrel room and both the ambiance and the meal were excellent. Our wine tour was a part of a Crush Wine Tour program. The wine was excellent. We sampled many wines that aren't a...  more »
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  • My girlfriend and I visited Inniskillin winery on the weekend. We were greated by the assistant manager Eric Matthews who is an excellent person with a broad knowledge of the Inniskillin Winery property and history aswell as offering great advice on which wines would best suit our taste. The overall impression of the winery and vineyards is that this establishment is well maintained and very beautiful. The food here is amazing as they have the market restaurant on the terrace which offers a variety of different foods. Highly recommended!
  • Had a great day with there in 1994. The wine tasting and guided tour will remain unforgettable. Saved few bottles until today.
  • Located near the stunningly beautiful Niagara River, Inniskillin is the first winery in the region to receive a winery license since Prohibition. The winery is famous for its ice wines. Inside the winery, there are two wine bars- one for table wines and one for ice wines. Various wine flights can be purchased for either $10 or $15 depending on the number of wines.
  • Nice place to visit. I've been here myself and I brought many clients of mine to this location. They were happy and I was too. They know their trade well.
  • My girlfriend and I were on vacation through Okanagan wine country. Over six days, we visited sixty wineries. You can follow our various locations with this disclaimer. That’s sixty wineries, not an exaggeration. We ended the trip with 120 bottles acquired. Recommending a specific location for a wine trip in the Okanagan is like dialing the chevrons on the Stargate. Yeah…wow, I totally went there. I had started thinking about how you need a specific location and then a point of origin, and the connection to that old movie just dribbled to the surface. Regardless, before a suggestion, you need a point of origin. From the North, start with Kelowna. From the South, it’s Osoyoos. If only rationed a few days, it comes down to those two, with Naramata the real reward for those dedicating more than a weekend to such a vacation. Thus, the BC branch of Jackson Triggs and Inniskillin (copy-pasted from here on because I know I’m going to get the spelling wrong at some point) is bizarre in that it sits away from basically everywhere. It’s the only winery between Oliver and Okanagan Falls, or at least just before you reach the latter. So, unless you’re on an extended trip, it’s unlikely you’ll take the trip. For us, it was an easy stop between larger concentrations of wineries. We left Osoyoos earlier so reached the complex just before its opening. I can see this place being busy during the afternoon, but at this morning, we had the place to ourselves. Unlike many other wineries in the region, Jackson Triggs / Inniskillin feels corporate, not unlike the Sandhill Winery near the dead center of Kelowna. As such, Jackson Triggs / Inniskillin a tad bit more sterile compared to others. With Naramata, you are most likely talking to owners or winemakers. Just around the corner sits the colossal steel drums that don’t look dissimilar to the hyperboloid cooling towers of a nuclear power plant (and yes, I had to look that up). Inside, it is mostly dark wood and contrasting ceramic countertops. There is a larger tasting lounge when it gets busy, but for us, it was the standard bar. There was a good selection of wine, though this was a location for the girlfriend, not me. I don’t mind the Inniskillin Icewines, but I have always personally placed the Jackson Triggs at just above mediocre. But if traveling between Okanagan Falls and Oliver, this is a great stopover between more distant locations.

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