Take a trip along the Highway 416 wine and mead trail to Smokie Ridge Vineyard in Mountain, where retired veteran Smokie LeBlanc and his wife Debbie have been serving up such commemorative wines as Soldier's Pride White and Battle Born Red for over a decade.
Here, you'll enjoy a sommelier-led introduction to an array of "Cold World" varietal wines and the foods best paired with them, followed by a stroll through the vineyard with the winemaker himself.
You'll then travel to Oxford Station to charming Green Gables Vines, where you'll learn about engineer Richard Deslandes' unique wine-making process and enjoy a flight of five wines paired with a cheese and vegetable platter.
Finally, you'll take an off-grid trip to whimsical Blue Gypsy Wines in Oxford Mills to tip back some sulfite-free fruit wines and honey meads on the winery's solar-powered tasting deck.
Tour package includes all tastings and food pairings.
Bus Pick-up/Drop-off Locations & Times:
Location: Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa
Times: Pickup: 10:45 a.m Drop-off: 3:30 p.m.
Customer testimonial: "A wonderful day spent tasting many delicious wines, eating yummy snacks, and getting to know a group of lovely ladies. Who knew there were so many wineries in such close distance to Ottawa?! I would recommend this tour for people of all legal ages! Thank you for the experience, I will certainly be checking out the other tours as well." - Sophie Marie