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Pillitteri Estates Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Taste the cold winters of Canada at Pillitteri Estates Winery, where the world-famous ice wine feels like drinking snow with a hint of zesty frozen grapes. The award-winning wine deserves your attention, but you can always try another type: all are carefully produced according to the Pillitteri family'’s long-standing Italian tradition. Take one of the public tours, offered three times per day and including a complimentary white and red wine tasting. While you don't need reservations for those, do book ahead for a private tour or to participate in one of the tasting programs. Arrange your visit to Pillitteri Estates Winery and discover more family-friendly attractions in Niagara-on-the-Lake using our Niagara-on-the-Lake travel itinerary planner.
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  • We stopped here as part of our Niagara falls tour from Toronto and it was ok, a bit tourist trappey but not over the top, although I imagine it would be hellish in high season. The shop was limited, t...  more »
  • This little winery is a must see for the budget minded traveler! The wine tour is free and you get free wine samples along the way. The tour is excellent historical perspective of the Pillitteri famil...  more »
  • This is my favorite winery at Niagara-on-the-Lake! There is an excellent knowledge base as well as a beautiful family history here! 
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  • We went for the complimentary tour and wine tasting. We were shown the vineyard, and had the process of making ice wine vs regular wine explained. We were shown the machinery used to crush grapes, and the temperature controlled cats where the wine ferments. Additionally we were shown the wine cellar, and some of the history of the pillitteri family was explained. Finally, at the close of the tour, you are given three samples of their wine; a chilled white, a red, and their white ice wine. A fourth sample, a rose ice wine is offered for $4 ( apparently it is quite costly to produce. ) The gift shop has a variety of wines, as well as an assortment of preserves and honey for sale. Worth a visit if you are passing by.
  • As we always wanted to, we wanted to go to a winery for tour and try their wines. Pillitteri was just a random pick for one weekend afternoon tour. The tour starts right on the scheduled time, starts with wine farm tour. Then, we were taken inside the manufacturing plant and then back to the main store for wine tasting. We had chance to learn about the wine production methods; risks and privileges during the production period, types/quantities that are produced at the winery, the family/firm's background etc. A random pick turned out as a fine Saturday afternoon after all. Visited August 2016
  • Love this winery! They have amazing selection of red, white and ice wine that it makes it hard to just buy one bottle of wine. Will keep returning here as it's one of my favourite wineries in the region.
  • I really loved their wines, many made in Italian styles - they make one similar to Amarone where they dry the grapes first. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, with no pressure to buy (but I did because the wine was so good). Met the owner on our tour, who we reminded us of my father-in-law from Italy.
  • Exceptional!!! I am not really a big wine drinker or ever thought of going on a wine tour, but I had the opportunity to go to this wonderful winery over the weekend and it was great! Everyone was very knowledgeable and excited to be telling you about the history of how they got started. If you have the opportunity to check this place out, definitely do! PS: The cellar looks like a James Bond villain Lair (a must see).