On the day after the OCTA Summit, I attended a Niagara region familiarization tour (aka FAM tour) organized by OCTA and the Wine Council of Ontario. The tour was primarily aimed at media representatives, but a few tickets were available for the general public (like me).
This was my first experience with a tour aimed at industry insiders, rather than the general public. The day was amazing – wonderful wines, delicious food, and beautiful scenery. Although some of the experiences were a little fancier than what the average visitor would enjoy, most of the tour could easily be recreated by independent travellers.
We visited four wineries:
- Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan
- Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Henry of Pelham Family Estate in St. Catharines
I will provide details and pictures of each winery in separate blog entries, so please keep reading!