You might drive right by this hidden gem, Kew Vineyards, when you are out exploring the bench in Beamsville but it’s worth your while to keep an eye out for their modest sign by the side of the road.
Even after your pull into the winding driveway, you might assume that you have made a wrong turn, but keep going and you will be rewarded by the sight of a gorgeous, century house overlooking a beautiful vineyard full of plantings dating back to 1975, making them some of the oldest in the Niagara Region. Behind the house is an outdoor patio and scattered tables that dot the grass, under huge trees that give welcome shade to thirsty wine lovers.
The house sits on a 160 year old estate and the interior is a dream of surprisingly feminine, shabby chic splendour, complete with crystal chandeliers, white farmhouse cupboards and furniture that looks like it was transported straight from Provence. A little gift shop selling a small but lovely collection of wine glasses and other small trinkets tempts almost as much as the wine on display.
You can either do a tasting flight ($10) comprised of a trio of sparkling wines or for $8, choose three of their wines with an option to swap out one of them for an ounce of sparkling. The pours are more than generous and the staff are lovely and welcoming. This is the kind of place where every grown up woman should come for her bachelorette, a mother/daughter outing or just a girl’s weekend trip to Niagara on the Lake. Keep in mind, the parking lot is tiny and they don’t allow large tour buses to come in so if you are coming in a group, keep that in mind.
Although known for their sparkling wines (all five are $29.95/bottle) they have a decent selection of red and whites including a couple of rieslings, a Marsanne, a couple of Pinot Noirs and and rose.
Throw a baguette, a whack of good cheese and some charcuterie into a picnic basket, grab a spot under the trees and wash it all down with a glass of sparkling rose. If that’s not your speed, order their daily cheese board for a very reasonable $10 instead.
The view is free!