Located just 30 minutes north of Toronto, Gallucci Winery sits on the outskirts of Stouffville. Family owned and operated it has an intimate clubhouse on a stunning vineyard, best to visit in the summer when you can sip on a flight of wines and indulge in stone oven pizza on the balcony out back. The Don Paolo Special Red, a blend of merlot, cabernet franc, and cabernet sauvignon, is recommended. Also, if you’re a serious wine lover, Gallucci also offers free delivery on 12 bottles or more.
Willow Springs Winery in Stouffville has become an extremely popular destination for weddings, as the scenery is hard to beat. Located on an 11-acre vineyard along Ontario’s Greenbelt, the premises includes gardens and a lovely pond and fountain out front. Join in with a wine tasting while enjoying local cheeses and meat on their front patio in the spring and summer. Willow Springs is best known for their award-winning Icewine, and the 2011 Vidal is highly recommended; a Gold Medal Winner at the Royal Wine Competition.
Situated just an hour north of Toronto, Holland Marsh Wineries is, not surprisingly, located on the Holland Marsh outside of Bradford. The rustic architecture of the clubhouse makes it an ideal venue for weddings and parties (it hosts up to 200) and sits on a vast vineyard. Try the 2013 Holland Marsh Dry White, which is composed of Pinot Grigio and Vidal; it will dance on your palate.
Holland Marsh Wineries, 18270 Keele St, Newmarket, ON, Canada, +1 905 775 4924
Applewood Farm & Winery is ideal for family outings, as there are activities that will appeal to all ages. In addition to wine and cider tastings, the farm offers strawberry and apple picking in the summer and fall. The winery is known for its extensive collection of fruit wines and ciders, you won’t find any merlots here. Highly recommended are the delicious Hopped Amber Cider or the 2012 Trio Wine, which is a blend of purple raspberries, cranberries and blackberries.
Applewood Farm & Winery, 12416 McCowan Rd, Stouffville, ON, Canada, +1 905 642 4720
This newly opened Second Wedge Brewing Company is making a name for itself in the town of Uxbridge. Try a flight of four signature brews alongside a cheeseboard featuring local delicacies or the popular cheese fondue. The limited edition Deep Burgundy Brown, which is unfiltered with a dense, creamy head, is a must-try. It contains a fruity and spicy aroma with a long balanced finish. This 100 percent locally owned brewery gets its name from the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is formed in four wedges from west to east.
Located just an hour north-east of Toronto, a trip to the Old Flame Brewing Co is a must for beer and history lovers alike. Nestled in the historical district of Port Perry, the brewery is housed in the former 19th century Ontario Carriage Works. The owners revived the old building and and reused existing features such as the storefront windows, stately carriage doors and a salvaged bulletproof floor, all of which gives the brewery a warm and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy signature brews in the tasting room, which is decorated in repurposed industrial and factory equipment, and salvaged antiques. A must-try is the Dirty Blonde, which is an unfiltered blonde lager style from Germany.
Old Flame Brewing Co, 135 Perry St, Port Perry, ON, Canada, +1 289 485 2739
Previously known as the Robert Simpson Brewery, this brewery updated its persona and brews to appeal to a younger, hipper clientele. Located in the heart of Barrie, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery is a colorful place that offers a variety of unique beverages and fun ambience. Try the 12 Minutes to Destiny Hibiscus Pale Ale, which is a pink-tinged ale steeped with hibiscus flowers, fresh raspberries, and orange peel. Beyond the exotic colour, the hibiscus flower adds its tartness to the raspberry notes, creating a uniquely refreshing brew.
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, 107 Dunlop St E, Barrie, ON, Canada, +1 705 721 8989