My boyfriend and I visited Hillebrand as part of a couples package, but we would have made a point to visit this winery regardless because they offer a sparkling wine tour and tasting. We're big sparkling fans, and were excited at the prospect of seeing Canada's only underground sparkling wine cellar.
Our tour group was small - just us and one other couple - and I was looking forward to the personalized attention. Our tour guide was certainly knowledgeable, but I had a hard time hearing her in the cellar over a loud machine in the room. She didn't try to speak over the machine at all, so I missed some of what she was saying about the fermenting and bottling process (which sounded interesting). We were given a 5 pour tasting at the end, beginning with their Chardonnay, then their Brut (which was so good we bought a bottle to take home), then the Rose, and ended with a Brut/Ice Wine cocktail that was dangerously delicious.
I highly recommend you swing by Hillbrand for a tour, or at least a tasting - but make sure the make reservations! The place was BUMPING when we got there around 1:30 on a Saturday. Apparently the weekends bring in a lot of day trippers.
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