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Three vineyards, one lavender farm and a quaint little town. This real-life Stars Hollow is a time machine that will introduce you to the luxurious yet cozy life of yester-years. The Hamptons of Toronto, as one might lovingly call it, is a dream in the summer: Fancy wine estates with sprawling gardens, chic wineries that experiment with flavours and methods, and the busy Queen Street, filled with sweet-smelling patios, bright flowers in abundance and dessert stores to fall in love with.

Among spacious, wide roads are lines of vineyards one after the next, each with a distinct character and vibe. Since Ice Wine originated here, its no surprise that it made it to many menus and most glasses on our table. We visited three vineyards and are ready to share the experience- along with some recommendations- here:

1. Andrew Peller Estates:

Like driving through the gates of a European castle, this property’s perfectly manicured lawns, quality of build and timeless architecture come together to offer a luxurious tasting experience. It has high ceilings bearing fancy chandeliers, marble floors in warm tones, the extravagance of fountains and lush green lawns, as well as a formal dining hall upholstered in intricately designed fabrics. The property houses a restaurant, house grill and lounge. The wine tasting menu offers 11 wines to choose from. The tasting costs $10 and includes a choice of 3 out of 11 choices. Recommendations- in order of preference:

  1. Signature Series Oak Aged Vidal Icewine 2018 (very sweet, dessert wine. Of all places we visited, I found this ice wine the best.)
  2. Private Reserve Rosé
  3. Private Reserve Riesling

2. Wayne Gretzky Estates:

No. 99 is the signature name and branding for Wayne Gretzky Estates- a sleek white, grey and silver colour-palette building with a vineyard, beer bar, whiskey bar and- hold on to your seats- a fountain and water body that turns into an ice skating rink in the winter. The estate has a party area and lounge as well as a viewing deck to gaze over those who are ice skating down below. In the summer, each of these outdoor bar patios are lit up with lights and seating. They offer a limited menu with finger food and easy bites, and a wide range of their specialty liquor to pick from. The property is a polished, gleaming structure constructed in contemporary design that looks like the ultimate mix of lavishness and design. At this winery, we tried picked our menu from beer, wine and whisky. Here are the favourites:

  1. Canadian Cream Whisky (THE best! And dare I say- better than Bailey’s)
  2. Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc
  3. No. 99 Collection Rosé
  4. No. 99 Baco Noir 2018
  5. No. 99 Premium Lager

3. Trius Winery:

Trius has an unsophisticated, out-country vibe. It’s rustic, wooden decor is timely and battered in a charming way- quite like a well-aged wine. Pathways donning vines twisted around its arches, barrels that add to the barn-like character and light bulbs hanging from ceilings, put together to give a warm, outhouse feeling. The seating at Trius is limited though, requiring a wait-time (that’s probably due to Covid) for seating and service. They also have a large store selling their products, condiments, sauces and Jams, cutlery, bags, decor and a ton of other wine-themed products for sale. We didn’t experience their restaurant and didn’t get a chance to explore the entire property, but we did knock back a couple glasses of bubbly. (In full disclosure- this was the last place we visited, so my recommendations may be influenced by previous alcohol consumption, and probably not the most reliable) But here goes, anyway:

  1. Trius Rosé 2019
  2. Trius Pinot Grigio
  3. Trius Red 2017

Disclaimer: All opinions may have been at least slightly influenced by alcohol, or simply by a lack of expertise. The benchmark for these recommendations is “this tastes really good” (which may be a v v v low bar!)

Nikita Butalia is a solo 20-something traveler who documents her experiences around India and the rest of the world in witty narratives and travel tales that are best read curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate on a winter evening.

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