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VineRoutes reveals its inaugural list of Ontario’s top 20 wineries

December 12, 2020 announces Ontario’s Top 20 Wineries of 2020, a diverse collection of producers from around the province, honoured for their outstanding wines and ability to deliver on customer experiences.

Despite the recent launch of Ontario-based VineRoutes in February of 2020, the organization’s team pondered over three years’ worth of winery visits, tasting hundreds of wines, all the while measuring the customer experience. From those visits, the team selected the wineries that consistently delivered exceptional wines, service, quality to price ratio (QPR), and other experiential attributes to assemble ‘Ontario’s Top 20 Wineries of the Year’.

“We felt we had to pay tribute by doing something bigger, something different than just presenting a proverbial top 10 wine list.” – Carmelo Giardina, Editor

“It’s been a challenging year for the wine industry, of course not just here in Ontario, but everywhere,” says Carmelo Giardina, editor of VineRoutes. “Therefore, we felt we had to pay tribute by doing something bigger, something different than just presenting a proverbial top 10 wine list. It had to be ambitious, but without seeming like we were exercising something that was reaching beyond the scope of our qualifications.”

Giardina also emphasized that it was important that VineRoutes focus on making this a local story, keeping things within the brand’s wheelhouse so to speak. “The idea to spotlight the ‘winery’ rather than a singular ‘bottle’ seemed to be an obvious winner considering the numerous stories we’ve shared all year that have either put the emphasis on the place, the process or the wine maker, as opposed to the wine”, says Giardina.

Prioritizing these wineries in such a way is done to make casual consumers and wine enthusiasts alike, aware that it is these places that are making significant progress. Maybe that comes in the form of sustainability and wineries that represent innovative approaches. Maybe it’s terroir-driven decisions that influence quality. Or perhaps it’s a dedication to a more focused and committed understanding of the customer experience. With just over 180 wineries operating throughout the province today, these picks represent the top 10 percent.

For a more descriptive list of Ontario’s Top 20 Wineries of 2020, including the complete story, please access

For further details and inquiries, please contact Managing Editor Paula Henriques. ‘Ontario’s Top 20 Wineries of 2020’:

Adamo Estate Winery – Orangeville, Ontario

Burning Kiln Winery – Norfolk County, Ontario

Cave Spring Vineyard – Jordan, Ontario

Closson Chase – Hillier, Ontario

Creekside Estate – Jordan, Ontario

Domaine Queylus – Saint Anns, Ontario

Five Rows Craft Winery – St. David’s, Ontario

Hidden Bench Estate Winery – Beamsville, Ontario

Inniskillin – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Karlo Estates – Wellington, Ontario

Leaning Post – Winona, Ontario

Malivoire Wine Company – Beamsville, Ontario

Rosehall Run – Wellington, Ontario

Southbrook Organic Vineyards – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Stratus Vineyards – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Tawse Winery – Vineland, Ontario

The Foreign Affair Winery – Vineland, Ontario

Thirty Bench Wine Makers – Beamsville, Ontario

Westcott Vineyards – Jordan, Ontario

About VineRoutes:

Stories about wine, the people who make it and the places it comes from. VineRoutes is an Ontario, Canada based platform that intends to provide insight not just on Canada’s wine regions, but on a variety of regions around the world. With a story behind every bottle, every label, every vintage and every winemaker, VineRoutes aims to share some of these stories with you. Visit for more information.

Ontario's Top 20 Wineries

Media Contacts:

Carmelo Giardina, Editorial Director


Paula Henriques, Managing Editor



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