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Have you ever been to wine country?

At Wheelz, we love what we do. We get to show off our beautiful Niagara to both locals and visitors, introducing them to places that they have never been, sights they have never imagined and tastes they have only dreamed of, showing the best Ontario/Canada has to offer. Our reward is seeing and enjoying their reactions as we turn every new corner.

We see way more than just airports – although we do love often being the first impression visitors get of Canada and being part of someone’s vacation adventure!

We especially love introducing folks to Niagara wine country, where unsurpassed beauty and tranquility offer exquisite views, coupled with a wine-production industry that is ripe for the tasting.

Wheelz Niagara Wine and Dine Options

If you have never toured a Niagara winery, maybe it’s time to dive into Niagara’s liquid bounty. Wheelz’ tours will take you and five guests to where the industry comes alive, offering up the heady sights, scents and sounds of a winery’s daily operations. You’ll get to sip the product, too – and the best part of that is that you are with Wheelz; you don’t have to drive; we know where you are going and we’ll see you safely to your door. Each of our professionally trained drivers has his or her favourite winery – after all, Niagara offers more than 120 locations from which to choose!

A property we are sure you will love, is Reif Estates Winery. It is usually our first stop. 

Situated at 15608 Niagara Parkway in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Reif family first planted vines in 1977, beginning full operations by 1982 making Reif one of Niagara’s first wineries. The vineyard itself consists of 125 acres of east-facing slopes, protected by their proximity to the Niagara River. Air currents off the river protect the vines from late spring or early autumn frosts. It’s one of Niagara’s warmest areas, ideal for the production of Reif’s rich, full-bodied wines. 

Your Reif guide will weave a narrative explaining Reif’s family history, and provide an overview of the winery’s daily operations, with demonstrations and complimentary tastes. If weather permits, you’ll get to visit the vines, learning the basics of the care that leads to such wonderful results.

Private tours and tastings are available too – just email the winery at wine@reifwinery.com for more details.

After your tour, you can stop by Reif’s sensory garden, enjoy the colours of plantings and stroll at leisure, glass in hand. If the kitchen is open, this is a wonderful place to enjoy a light snack – an artisan cheese or charcuterie plate, and sometimes a wine gelato or a pizza. 

Tastings are offered at the Sensory Wine Bar, and choices include a blind tasting; wine and chocolate; wine and cheese; red wine and charcuterie or back vintage wines (at various prices). The wines are awesome, and over the years, many of Reif’s labels have won awards. Recently, the International Wine and Spirits Competition named Reif Estates Winery the Canadian Wine Producer of the Year for 2017. Best Sweet Wine trophy was also awarded to Reif for its Grand Reserve Vidal Icewine.

No visit to Reif would be complete without a wander through the Wine Shop Boutique. There’s a tasting bar here too, where you can taste three wines, including a Vidal Icewine, for $5, no reservation required. This is a wonderful place to pick up Reif’s amazing wines, along with wine-related items, artisan gifts and cheese. Don’t forget to try the cider, my favourite!

Our Wheelz team loves coming here for more than just wine; it’s the setting; the view; the buildings themselves, and of course the people who work there, who are so welcoming. To learn more about your upcoming visit to Reif Estates Winery with Wheelz, visit the Reif website, or contact Wheelz.

To see all the wine tours you can plan with Wheelz, visit our packages page HERE.

We hope you’re thirsty, because our team would love to introduce you to Niagara’s liquid bounty. If you’re ready to experience the finest wine in the province, give our office a call at 289-296-1966, or send us a message. 

Don’t forget to check us out on TripAdvisor and Viator!

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What People are Saying

We booked the photography tour, not because we’re all photographers, but because we felt it would ensure we saw the best views/sites in the area on our first day out. We planned the rest of our outings from there, and what our tour guide Harold Hutchings told us. He gave us great guide tips and, as a local, was super knowledgeable of the area.

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