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You Can Go On A Rosé Tasting Trip Across Ontario

For the love of the pink.
You Can Go On A Rosé Tasting Trip Across Ontario

Rosé is an often misunderstood class of wine. Typically, rosé is the drink of choice during the summer months and it is enjoyed on its own or with a hearty brunch. Though it is generally associated with light, fruity and sweet notes, the best rosé wines are actually quite dry and originate from France or Spain.

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In Ontario, there are several wineries that produce a unique variety of rosé wines. Treat your tastebuds to some pink-coloured goodness with this epic rosé  road trip:

Note: It is recommended that travellers spend a full day at each winery to get the best experience. All the wineries in this list are localized in two regions, so a travellers would only need to book two accommodations for this trip. Do not drink and drive.

Devil's Wishbone Winery

Deveil's Wishbone Winery is located near the town of Picton in the Bay of Quinte. Historically, the area was plagued with poor quality soils and early settlers had a hard time growing anything with it; but Paul Gallagher, the winery's owner, mixed clay and limestone into the soil and was able to grow vines!

  • Featured: Devil's Wishbone Winery Pinos Gris Rosé VQA 2015
  • Price: $22
  • Tasting Notes: Fruity mix of peaches, strawberries and maple

Huff Estates Winery

Huff Estates Winery is more than just a hub for delightful wines - it also consists of a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden and the Oeno Gallery, which features works from talented artists, both local and international. 

  • Featured: Huff Estates "Cuvee Janine" 2011 Sparking Rosé
  • Price: $30
  • Tasting Notes: Exquisite combination of pink grapefruit, brioche, tangerine and rhubarb with smoky/acidic notes

Casa-Dea Winery 

Casa-Dea Winery is a cool spot to try out a range of delectable wines while engaging in fun outdoor activities like bocce, an Italian form of lawn bowling. The bocce court is conveniently right beside the vineyards, so you can easily mix business with pleasure.

  • Featured: Casa-Dea Estates Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2015
  • Price: $16
  • Tasting Notes: Aromatic blend of wildflowers, strawberries, peaches, lily of the valley and fresh herbs

Good Earth Food & Wine Co.

Good Earth Food & Wine Co. features a bistro within its vineyards where you can combine your rosé with a great meal. Cooking classes are also offered, so you can get the full experience!

  • Featured: The Good Wine Rose VQA 2015
  • Price: $18
  • Tasting Notes: Fruity notes of red berries and a tangy acidity to match

Malivoire Wine Company

Malivoire Wine Company is headed by Martin Malivoire, a Hollywood director of motion picture special effects. His winery business has grown since his first purchase in 1995, producing over 24,000 cases of wine every year.

  • Featured: Malivoire Ladybug Rosé 2009 VQA Niagara Peninsula
  • Price: $16
  • Tasting Notes: Bright and complementary fruity notes

Tawse Winery 

Tawse Winery is located in the lower valleys of the Niagara Escarpment. Every year, it holds a Summer Solstice Concert where guests can enjoy great music while tasting indulgent wines.

  • Featured: Tawse Winery Grower's Blend Rosé
  • Price: $20
  • Tasting Notes: Full-bodied emnants of candy apple and grapefruit ruby red, with rhubarb and mandarins

Creekside Estate Winery

Creekside Estate Winery has a wine club that's perfect for any true wine enthusiast. Memberships include affordable bottle packages, exclusive recipes from Chef Nathan Young, exclusive and complimentary winery tours and tastings, and much more!

  • Featured: Creekside Estate Winery Cabernet Rosé VQA 2015
  • Price: $15
  • Tasting Notes: Full-bodied emnants of candy apple and grapefruit ruby red, with rhubarb and mandarins

13th Street Winery

13th Street Winery is one of the leading producers of world-class sparking wine in the province. Their permanent exhibit of outdoor sculptures and exclusive art collection is best enjoyed with a glass of their house rosé.

  • Featured: 13th Street Cuvee 13 Rosé NV
  • Price: $25
  • Tasting Notes: Delightful mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier 

Southbrook Vineyards

Southbrook Vineyards produces various lines of one-of-a-kind artisanal wines. The winery is dedicated to creating the most organic wines using the best processes of biodynamic viticulture.

  • Featured: Southbrook Vineyards Cabernet Rosé 2009 VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Price: $19
  • Tasting Notes: Delightful mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier
  • Featured: 13th Street Cuvee 13 Rosé NV
  • Price: $25
  • Tasting Notes: Organic blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Source: Savvy Company

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