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VineRoutes announces its list of Ontario’s Top 20 Wineries of 2023

December 13, 2023
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

VineRoutes, Canada’s wine lifestyle publication, announces Ontario’s Top 20 Wineries of 2023 – its fourth annual list of formidable producers, honoured for their outstanding wines and ability to deliver on customer experiences.

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 the Lake Erie North Shore region, this list calls out remarkable portfolios of wines in addition to exceptional service 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, Principal Editor for VineRoutes. “Our growing team of editors and contributors have worked hard to evaluate and deliver a list that truly reflects Ontario’s continuously evolving wine industry.”

Look back at our list of Ontario’s Top Wineries of 2022

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 pivot to stay relevant, 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.

This year’s top 20 list is entirely made up of wineries situated within Ontario’s three defined VQA wine regions, including 11 wineries that have made the list in each year since 2020.

For more details, images, and interview requests, please contact Managing Editor, Paula Henriques, at paula@vineroutes.com. A complete list of the Top 20 Wineries of 2023 appears with this release as well as in an official story, now published at vineroutes.com.

Join us in congratulating these highly acclaimed wineries!


VineRoutes Wine Magazine’s Top 20 Wineries of 2023:

LAKE ERIE NORTH SHORE (ESSEX COUNTY)

– Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards – Harrow, Ontario

– CREW (Colchester Ridge Estate Winery) – Harrow, Ontario

– North 42 Degrees Estate Winery – Harrow, Ontario

NIAGARA ESCARPMENT

– 13th Street Winery – St. Catharines, 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

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

– Ravine Vineyard – St. Davids, Ontario

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

– Trius Winery – 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


About VineRoutes:

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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Top 20 Wineries

Media Contact:

Paula Henriques | Managing Editor | paula@vineroutes.com | 1-844-378-8463

 

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