Thanks to the microclimate of Canada’s Escarpment Niagara Peninsula, the area is well-known for producing world-class Vinifera grapes that create superior wines. Wine lovers can follow the Niagara Wine Route from Beamsville to Jordan and on to Niagara-on-the-Lake, passing (and stopping to taste) through some of the most idyllic countryside found anywhere in the world.
Most wineries offer tastings, some with local artisan cheeses or perhaps a gourmet meal with just the right wine pairings. Reif Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake has always been a popular destination for discriminating wine lovers.Now, it’s a destination for garden lovers too. Their Wine Sensory Garden is divided into four sections: A. Cabernet and Merlot; B. Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc; Chardonnay and Ice wine; and Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir. In each area the plantings have been chosen to reflect the colors, aromas and flavors that are used to describe the characteristics of the different types of wines produced at Reif.
Cabernet and Merlot wines are characteristically deep burgundy and often described as having aromas reminiscent of blackberry, black currant, chocolate, cedar and licorice. This area of the garden features a burgundy color palette to reflect the nature of these wines. Perennials such as Sedum ‘Black Jack’, Weigela ‘Wine and Roses’, Ninebark ‘Summer Wine’ and Chocolate Vine sport dark foliage and wine colored flowers and were selected to represent the dark hue of the wine. Terra cotta chimney stacks used as containers are planted with annuals such as Kent Beauty Oregano, Chocolate Mint and Cinnamon Geranium.
Visitors can take a stroll through the garden enjoying a glass of wine then find a quiet spot under the arbor to enjoy an artisan cheese plate, local charcuterie or even a grilled pizza featuring tomato, basil and fresh bocconcini cheese.
15608 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0