The start of hockey season is just around the corner! Why not celebrate the opening of the NHL season in the country credited for giving it to the world in the first place: Canada. Better yet, did you know that "The Great One," Canada’s own Wayne Gretzky, has a winery? And it’s a perfect place to visit while waiting for the puck to drop!
"The Great One's" Winery and Distillery
Located in breathtaking Niagara-on-the-Lake, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery is home to Wayne Gretzky wines and the Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask Canadian Whiskey. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Niagara Region as you embark on your winery tour or sit on The Whiskey Bar Patio. Open from 10am to 9pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, you can experience winery tours, tastings and even classes.
Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery offers 45-minute guided winery tours, providing a behind-the-scenes look at what’s involved in creating the award-winning wines and No. 99 brand whiskey. See everything from the hammer mills and copper stills to the locally sourced ingredients. Learn more about the distilling process before heading over to the vineyard and underground wine cellars, as well as have the chance to participate in a some tastings. Be sure to book winery tours and tastings early as it tends to be a very popular and busy place.
Whisky and Wine Tastings
There are several tasting options for those interested in sampling the estate wines and whiskeys. The Winery Tasting bar offers guests a flight of 3 wines for only $8. At the Seated Wine Tasting, guests can sample a flight of 3 wines for $10. If you prefer to visit the exclusive VIP Club Lounge, a flight of 3 will cost you around $15. If spirits are more your thing, try the Whiskey Tasting Bar and Whiskey Loft where a flight of 3 whiskies will cost you $10.
If you’re looking for a more interactive, hands-on learning experience, take a class. Cocktails 101 is taught by the distillery's world-class bartenders where attendees will get insider information on how to create the best whiskey cocktails. Along the way you’ll learn skills such as preparing garnishes, simple syrups and cocktail shaking. After that, guests have the chance to sample their own creations.
The Sensory Lab is another interactive seminar experience that gives guests something to think about. This 45-minute guided tour is led by resident wine experts, allowing you to explore the five senses with wine, whiskey and culinary treats.
Don't Overlook the Food
Just because people are visiting primarily for the wine and whisky, it doesn’t mean the food isn’t important. And in this case, it’s top-shelf. Come by for happy hour and enjoy casual, farm-fresh foods prepared by the in-house chef, Chef Dodd.
While you could certainly drive yourself to visit one of Niagara's most popular winery and distillery, it makes much more sense to leave the driving to someone else. Allowing Wheelz to do the driving means being able to take in more of the stunning scenery. It’s also the responsible choice for anyone wanting to enjoy all that Niagara wine tours have to offer.
If you want to kick off the NHL season with a visit to Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery, let Wheelz take you there. We know the region and can get you where you want to go safely and comfortably. Wheelz shuttle drivers are all Drive Wise Graduates who have passed background checks and adhere to the utmost standards of safety. Book your ride with Wheelz today.
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.Kristy See More