Painted Rock Estate Winery, photo by Adrian Photographers
Fall is just around the corner, and one of the best places for soaking up those pretty autumn landscapes is wine country. From coast to coast, we share our favourite wineries to visit this season.
Sea Star Vineyards, Pender Island, B.C.
Whether you travel by ferry or float plane, I think the journey to Pender Island is half the fun of visiting Sea Star Vineyards. The other half comes from arriving at the oceanside property, beautifully surrounded by towering trees. Visit the modern tasting room for a glass of Sea Star’s award-winning Salish Sea and then book a tour of the nearby upper and lower vineyards to check out the sheep that keep the grounds trim. —Alana Willerton, editorial assistant, print
Redstone Winery, Beamsville, Ont.
I grew up near Ontario’s wine country, so a trip home usually involves a visit to a few of the wineries. While I definitely have my old favourites, I try to check out a couple new spots, too. I recently discovered Beamsville’s Redstone Winery, the sister winery of popular Tawse Winery, and was impressed. The restaurant, complete with a huge terrace, serves locally inspired cuisine, and the vineyard, which is farmed organically and biodynamically, produces classics like Merlot, Riesling and Cabernet Franc. —Sara Samson, associate editor
Luckett Vineyards, Gasperau Valley, N.S.
One of my most memorable Canadian winery visits in recent history was to Luckett Vineyards in Nova Scotia’s Gaspereau Valley, just outside of Wolfville. The atmosphere here is warm and playful—there’s a red British phone booth in the middle of the vineyard, and you can use it to call toll-free anywhere in North America. Enjoy a tour and tasting of Lucketts’ cool-climate wines (the Phone Box Red and Tidal Bay white were my faves), then feast on fresh, regional fare at Crush Pad Bistro, the property’s seasonal, open-air patio that overlooks Minas Basin. —Jill Foran, editor
Painted Rock Estate Winery, Penticton
On my last visit to Penticton, I had the pleasure of visiting Painted Rock Estate Winery, a lovely spot set high on a bench overlooking Skaha Lake. Offering an impressive line-up of premium, terroir-driven wines, this former apricot orchard is now home to roughly 25 acres of vines—mainly Bordeaux Red and Syrah vines with small blocks of Chardonnay. Sample a flight in the winery’s ultra-contemporary tasting room, then venture out onto the sun-drenched patio to soak up the sprawling vineyard and lake views. —Diane Bolt, assistant editor
Megalomaniac, Vineland, Ont.
The first time I visited wine country in Ontario was on an unusually warm day in December. During some touring with friends, Megalomaniac—perched on the highest point of the southern section of the Niagara Escarpment—was our last stop and it definitely left an impression. After warming up with some tastings, I picked up a bottle of the Cabernet-Merlot blend and wandered upstairs to the massive wrap-around deck to check out the stunning views of the skylines of Toronto and Niagara Falls. —Alyssa Quirico, editorial assistant, digital
Eating Your Way Through the Richmond Night Market
With more than 100 food stalls serving about 500 authentic, made-to-order international dishes, the Richmond Night Market is one of the largest and busiest outdoor markets in North America. For out-of-towners, it’s an eye-opening culinary experience and an introduction to Asian street food the way it’s meant to be experienced—casual, entertaining and wonderfully messy.