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Chateau des Charmes

1025 York Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
905- 262-4219
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

As we entered the grounds we saw an impressive looking palatial winery with a rose garden and fountain in the front. The staff we encountered were all very friendly and helpful. Very nice wines especially the reds the 2010 GAMAY NOIR 'DROIT' and the whites the 2012 ALIGOTÉ which only grows at this winery in region . All around a... More

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Oakville, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our first visit to Chateau des Charmes was not a pleasant experience. Each staff member we encountered were disinterested and their interaction with us was sterile at best. Thus it was with some hesitation that we visited the winery again. Fortunately our visit on this occasion was a very pleasant experience, one that we thoroughly enjoyed. From the moment we... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It such a surprise to be driving along and see what appears to be a French chateau appear. If for no other reason we had to stop and do a wine-tasting. The tasting rooms are large and loud, but the server was so knowledgeable it didn't really matter. There is a fee to do the wine flight tasting. We ended... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Found this beautiful Castle while going along the Wine route in Niagara. Took the french tour of the winery, we learned how the wine industry evolved in the region, and how it's made- thanks to Louis our guide. After we tasted, well we bought a couple bottles :)

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Ottawa
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79 reviews 79 reviews
61 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Chateau des Charmes is one of the more commerical wineries in Niagara. It's geared towards tours and while the tasting bar lends to an unexceptional experience, it is easily countered by the amiability of the staff. We were so pleased that our server not only shared in his wine knowledge, but his local knowledge too. We ended up visiting some... More

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Lakewood, Ohio
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The building is gorgeous and the grounds lovely. The wine server was friendly, so were the other staff members. We enjoyed the wines we tried, especially the 2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay - very smooth. But the tasting room was unexceptional...we wish they had tables where we could sit down and enjoy a glass of our favorite wine. Their party/event facilities... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Having been here before and loving our first experience, we knew what to expect coming here I loved this big-family owned winery. They have several estates but the fact that it is still family-owned, makes me still wander back here. Paul T., our tasting pourer, was polite, friendly, and knowledgeable. They're def known for the Chardonnay, Cab Franc, and Riesling,... More

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MicheleBosc, Owner at Chateau des Charmes, responded to this review

Hi Cynthia, Thank you so much for your kind words. Indeed we are family owned and operated. We do own 4 different vineyard sites but we are small enough to produce specialty products with very limited number of cases, like the Savagnin Icewine you mention. I hope you come back to see us again next time you are in our... More

Ottawa, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
20 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Maybe if you haven't been tasting wines for a long time this place would be ok, for us it wasn't. Two almost 50's who enjoy food, wine and travel needed a bit more by way of discussion and flavour in the tastings. The tour was fine but not spectacular. The flight of wines to taste were for someone who enjoyed... More

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MicheleBosc, Owner at Chateau des Charmes, responded to this review

Hello EPOttawa, Thank you for taking the time to post on our page. I think you are correct that a seasoned travelling and wine couple like yourselves would find our Winegrowing Discover Tour a bit basic. Your recommendation of doing a tasting flight makes perfect sense. We also have a program called Matchmaking 1.0 that is geared to folks who... More

Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A beautiful winery. The tour was interesting and informational. It was not expensive at all. Our tour guide was so fun and knowledgeable. The wine tasting was delicious and the grounds are gorgeous. It's a perfect place for a summer get together or wedding.

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MicheleBosc, Owner at Chateau des Charmes, responded to this review

Hi AskLoveToTravel_113, Thank you for your kind words! We have always tried to make wines that over deliver on quality for the price. Looks like you agree with us. You are absolutely correct about weddings, we host over 30 each summer. We love seeing our wines celebrate such an important family milestone. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, More

Burlington, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

If you are looking for the fairy tale wedding venue of your dreams, look no further. Chateau Des Charmes winery fits the bill. Their staff is incredibly accommodating and truly made our day special. The ceremony space was perfecrly laid out at the back of the property and the reception space was gorgeously decorated next to it. Pillar and Post... More

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MicheleBosc, Owner at Chateau des Charmes, responded to this review

Hello CSells_Sea_Shells, Thank you for allowing us to share in your special day. We are honoured. Thank you also for your glowing reviews for our team. We do our utmost to make sure every couple has a truly memorable wedding. You're family now so we do expect you to come visit and let us know how you are doing. All... More

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