- Available at Ontario wineries now and at www.winecountryontario.ca -
NIAGARA, ON, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Award-winning vintages from Ontario
wineries have won praise from experts the world over, so now it's time
to venture deeper into our own backyard and discover the sources of all
that acclaim. Ontario wine country attracts close to two million
visitors each year and the newly release 2013 Wine Country Ontario
travel guide makes trip planning to Ontario's wine regions especially
easy. The 2013 edition boasts 101 wineries, the most ever!
Released at wineries this week, this must-have travel tool, in
partnership with the online winecountryontario.ca, and convenient pull
out map allows visitors to explore a year-round world of vintner-hosted
tastings, inspired cuisine, elegant inns and unforgettable experiences.
This year's guide includes winery properties from Ontario's four
primary wine destinations - Lake Erie North Shore, Niagara Escarpment &
Twenty Valley, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Prince Edward County, in
addition to the Emerging Regions section, where innovative vintners are
expanding the borders of Ontario's Wine Country.
"This year's Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide is your guide to the
charm and beauty that make Ontario's great wine regions a top travel
destination," says Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario's Minister of Economic
Development, Trade and Employment. "Ontarians should be proud of our
local wines, and by visiting our wineries they can discover firsthand
why Ontario wines are recognized internationally for their quality and
Throughout the year, copies of the Guide, will be available at winery
locations and Ontario Tourism & Information Centers (OTIC). In June,
500,000 copies will be distributed in Food & Drink magazines and
available at many LCBO stores. Consumers can order a free copy of the
guide by calling 1-800-ONTARIO or view an easy to use flip-through
electronic version at www.winecountryontario.ca.
"We couldn't be more excited about the depth and breadth of this year's
Guide", added Ed Madronich, Chair of the Wine Council of Ontario.
"Even veterans to Ontario Wine Country travel have some new gems to
explore and new wines to taste and I know they will be excited by the
prospects of these discoveries."
A few of the newer wineries along Ontario's Wine Route are:
Prince Edward County's Lacey Estates that prides itself on its County
Roots or Harwood Estates that has taken winemaking off the grid
Harrow's Oxley Estate in the Lake Erie North Shore Region that is
pioneering new varieties of wine developed just for Essex County
Grey County and Collingwood Wine fans are raving about Coffin Ridge
winery whose "Into the Light" and "Back from the Dead" wines bring a
gentle humour to wine or perhaps Georgian Hills that is rewriting the
agricultural history of the Beaver Valley area with its viticultural
Vieni Wine and Spirits on the Niagara Escarpment who will be one of the
first wineries to complement their fine wines with Grappa.
Wine Country Ontario also chose this year to use 100% post-consumer
paper stock in alignment with its industry leading Sustainable
Winemaking initiatives and the environmental choices our wineries and
our winemakers make every day.
Wine Country Ontario is dedicated to promoting Ontario's wine-growing
regions—from the wines and wineries themselves to the complete
experience of each destination: local cuisine, year-round activities
and warm hospitality. Wine Country Ontario promotes Ontario's vintners
and the unique qualities of our authentic, 100% VQA wines.
Image with caption: "Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Valley (CNW Group/Wine Country Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130516_C7607_PHOTO_EN_26812.jpg
Image with caption: "Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Valley (CNW Group/Wine Country Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130516_C7607_PHOTO_EN_26813.jpg
SOURCE: Wine Country Ontario
For further information:
Hillary Dawson, President
Wine Council of Ontario for "Wine Country Ontario"
905-562-8070 ext. 225