Congratulations to this year’s Top 20 Wineries – standouts from diverse regions throughout the province, determined by our editorial team’s visit experiences, and celebrated for their exceptional wines.
Each year, the VineRoutes editorial team tastes hundreds of Ontario-made wines through both pre-arranged and casual drop-in visits, and from these tastings and visits, the editors select the Top 20 Wineries of the year via a preferential ballot. From Niagara – the centre of Ontario’s wine production – to Prince Edward County and Essex County, this list calls out remarkable portfolios of wines in addition to exceptional service, quality-to-price-ratio (QPR), and other experiential attributes.
“When we launched this list for the first time in 2020, we had no idea how popular and well-received it would be,” says Carmelo Giardina, Brand Principal for VineRoutes. “Our growing team of contributors have worked hard to evaluate and deliver a list that truly represents Ontario’s wine community.”
With so much change having happened within our communities within such a short period of time, including the way the consumer experience has taken shape and how wineries have had to quickly adjust, it’s important to note that Ontario’s wine industry, by and large, is keeping pace with the rising expectations that now come with a customer-focused experience.
“I think the biggest takeaway from our winery visit experiences over these last few years has been just how responsive the industry has been, and how winery staff have used this period as an opportunity to create unique customer experiences that go above and beyond enjoying a wine flight,” says Giardina.
All three of Ontario’s official VQA designated wine regions are recognized for a second year running, and Emerging Region Norfolk County has been recognized for a third consecutive year courtesy of the area’s flagship winery, Burning Kiln.
For more details, images, and interview requests, please contact Managing Editor, Paula Henriques, at email@example.com. A complete list of the Top 20 Wineries of 2022 appears with this release as well as in an official story, now published on vineroutes.com.
Join us in congratulating these highly acclaimed wineries!
VineRoutes Wine Magazine’s Top 20 Wineries of 2022:
EMERGING REGION WINERY
– Burning Kiln Winery – Norfolk County, Ontario
LAKE ERIE NORTH SHORE (ESSEX COUNTY)
– North 42 Degrees Estate Winery – Harrow, Ontario
– 13th Street Winery – St. Catharines, Ontario
– Cave Spring Vineyard – Jordan Station, Ontario
– Flat Rock Cellars – Jordan Station, Ontario
– Hidden Bench Estate Winery – Beamsville, Ontario
– Honsberger Estate Winery – Jordan Station, Ontario
– Kacaba Vineyards – Vineland, Ontario
– Leaning Post Winery – Winona, Ontario
– Malivoire Wine Company – Beamsville, Ontario
– Tawse Winery – Vineland, Ontario
– Thirty Bench Wine Makers – Beamsville, Ontario
– Westcott Vineyards – Jordan Station, Ontario
– Reif Estate Winery – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
– Southbrook Organic Vineyards – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
– Stratus Vineyards – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
– Two Sisters Vineyards – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
– Closson Chase – Hillier, Ontario
– Karlo Estates – Wellington, Ontario
– Rosehall Run – Wellington, Ontario
VineRoutes is an Ontario-based wine magazine that offers readers an approach to wine culture that is both accessible and unpretentious, while highlighting world-class producers, innovative culinary talent and wine-related lifestyle and travel. Visit www.vineroutes.com for more information.
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Paula Henriques | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org | 905-645-4918