The Ottawa region is a beautiful place to live, work and play. With stunning natural surroundings, exceptional amenities and a strong small professional community, it’s a great place to raise a family or run a business. On the weekends, there’s plenty to do – great restaurants, concerts, nightlife, family events and more. And if you’d like to raise a glass while overlooking a vineyard, there are some fantastic options both in and around the city. Here are some local wineries that are worth visiting – we’d love to hear which ones are your favourite!
Domaine Perrault Winery (Navan, Ontario)
Opened in 1999, Domaine Perrault winery is run by a former dairy farmer who turned his passion for wine into a business. The vineyard has approximately 6000 wines in over 10 varieties of grape, including a number of hybrids. Domaine Perrault is best known for its full-bodied red wines as well as their light, fresh white wines with notes of summer fruits. They also offer rose and dessert wine options. The vineyard has a retail store on site and makes for a lovely, scenic rural drive.
Smokie Ridge Vineyard (Mountain, Ontario)
This family-run vineyard began as a retirement dream – the couple wanted to move to the country, own a horse and grow some grapes to make wine. Now, years later, they run a thriving business on a gorgeous property outside of Ottawa in Mountain, Ontario. They offer tours and tastings, and have even held paint nights, which make a great date, celebration with friends or corporate event. Try the ‘Rosie Cheeks’ rose or the ‘Soldier’s Pride’ white wine. There are also chardonnays, an estate white and some excellent reds.
Jabulani Vineyard and Winery (Richmond, Ontario)
Jabulani Vineyard is a charming country property that holds weddings and other events. They have a tasting patio as well as a retail store, so you can enjoy a glass while overlooking the rural scenery. Tours and formal tasting sessions are also available (check out their website for more information). Offerings at this vineyard include the Unoaked Chardonnay, the Marquette Shiraz and the a unique strawberry wine called ‘Tipsy Turkey’. They also sell (hard) dry cider made from farm apples.
Have you got a favourite local winery that isn’t on our list? Let us know in the comments on Facebook! Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend.