Pillitteri Estates Winery
Pillitteri Estates Winery
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Pillitteri Estates Winery proudly continues a family tradition of viticulture and winemaking excellence. For Gary Pillitteri, the opening of Pillitteri Estates Winery in June of 1993 was the culmination of a lifetime dream. Today the Pillitteri family continues his dream and tradition of quality, having received over 1000 wine awards from around the world. New to Pillitteri in 2020 is BarrelHead Restaurant. BarrelHead opens daily at Noon, serving wood fired pizza, gourmet salads and unique Icewine cocktails. Join us for winery tour and tasting experiences at one of our many tasting bars, on our patio or experience our winery education centre. Enjoy a wine tour as a guide will take you through the winemaking process, from vineyard, through press house to our one of a kind barrel cellar. Learn about the Pillitteri family's winemaking journey from a small town in Sicily to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. With 3 generations involved in the winery's operation it is a true family business.
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  • Shari and Tim B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Tour
    Fantastic experience at Pillitteri winery!! My friend is a wine club member and gets 6 tour/tastings a year, so she took us for a free tour! Jacob was our guide and he is TOP NOTCH! Friendly, very knowledgeable and fun!! Highly recommended! Lots of delicious wine to taste! Will be back!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 25, 2023
  • worldcitizen002
    Mississauga, Canada38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A first class winery.
    The selection of wines here is varied, and always the finest quality. I dealt with Rob, and as usual he gave the best service, pointing out the best deals of the day. I will always include Pillitterri Estates Winery on my wine tours.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 5, 2023
  • roz f
    Ottawa, Canada4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great food and service with good musical entertainment. We highly recommend it.
    Excellent casual eating. Fresh locally sourced food. Delicious caprese salad . Pizza prepared in an outside wood burning oven. Ice wine with gelato for dessert Olivia provided friendly service. Plenty of staff preparing the meal. Olivia served icing hot. We look forward to being back next summer. The food and service was great. The band provided great entertainment.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Steve D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    In town for our anniversary and decided to take their tour. Amazing experience. Great wine and food. But the highlight was was staff, Justin, McKenna and Conner to name a few. Of course we had to buy some of the wine that met our taste. We will be back
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • ronburgundy1232015
    Niagara Falls, Canada227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Barrelhead Patio is THE Place!
    Stopped in to see what the ‘buzz’ was about. From the parking lot, you can’t see much for all the plantings but then…behind the gate awaits a warm, rustic and inviting space. Under an angled roof or amongst the trees, one dines on fresh salads and made to order pizzas that are so yummy. Our server Leah was excellent and the live music by Matt Taylor further added to our enjoyment. Well done, Mike!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Bitsie H
    Glastonbury, Connecticut9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top ratings all around
    Wine tasting way better than expected thanks to a passionate student who works the vineyard but was in the tasting room. Bought several bottles to share back home in CT. Probably best pizza we’ve ever had……topped off with amazing service from Pam. Don’t miss this vineyard if you are in the area!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Jeff B
    Lambton Shores, Canada451 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Tasting and high quality wines
    We had a wonderful tasting by Cordelia. She gave us great suggestions and explained the wines we tasted. We bought more than we had planned and are happy we did. We will be enjoying some lovely wines until our next trip here. Ask for Cordelia. She will take great care of you
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Penny D
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience!!
    Had a really great time at this winery. I had the BEST pizza that I’ve ever had, and I’ve been to Italy!! The wines that we tried were very good and settled on the double pressed. I highly recommend visiting this winery with its great food, drink and staff.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Desmund S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wine tour of Pillitteri Estate’s facilities, and an extensive wine tasting experience.
    Our family and friends went on a wine tour of Pillitteri Estate’s wine facilities. Staffer, Jacob lead our group, and his friendly nature, knowledge and experience enhanced our wine tour experience. I highly recommend a visit to Pillitteri, so that you too can enjoy this amazing adventure.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 10, 2024
  • Jessie O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best winery in Niagara
    We had the most amazing time at Pilliteri Estates Winery. A group of us experienced the tour and tasting, and ate lunch at Barrelhead restaurant. Our guides were so friendly and knowledgeable and the food was amazing! What a great day. Definitely recommend. Best winery in Niagara.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 12, 2024
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Eryn D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
For starters this is only about the restaurant (barrelhead) as someone who works in the industry I was repulsed! We sat near the bar trying not to take up a table for them and all we heard was the servers AND MANAGER trash talking all the guests. No one was following any covid rules masks weren’t wore, no one asked for our contact tracing either. We didn’t not have a server come to our table so we walked up to the bar ourselves to get a drink. We were ignored the whole time that we were there and even heard them talking rudely about us behind the bar as well. When we asked questions they would give us one word answers and walked away like we were annoying them. There are many other places in the area that I would recommend before going to barrel head.
Written August 14, 2021
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Thank you for your feedback. We are continually working to improve our guest experiences. I understand that you did not have an enjoyable experience and we will address this with our team. Regarding your specific comments about COVID rules. We have government mandated COVID policy which includes the use of contact tracing forms and are continuing to train staff on proper health and safety measures. We will continue to work towards ensuring a safe environment for staff and guests.
Written September 7, 2021
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JayChuck
Henderson, KY129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Many wineries simply offer a tasting, and that can be fine, especially if you hope to visit multiple wineries. But we were very pleased to take a guided tour at Pillitteri. We got to learn of its history of a fruit stand-turned-award winning family winery. We paused at the edge of the vineyard, observed the production room, then went down to the basement where wine ages in hundreds of barrels in a cool environment. Then, on to the tasting. We were particularly impressed with the Fusion white blend, while our friends loved the red ice wine. Our tour and tasting was led by John, a friendly and entertaining guide and host. We visited four wineries by a Niagara Vintage Wine Tour bus, and the 14 of us by far bought more wine at Pillitteri than at any other stop (possibly more than at the other three combined), which should tell you something about the wine and the experience.
Written August 31, 2022
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Karen_Pinn
Barrie, Canada1,540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Went for Icewine Festival , 6 wineries on the pass. We decided to add Pellitteri after overhearing other pass holders raving about there tasting. Nick was fantastic at explaining the icewine, the winery and even that the 87 year old owner made the sauce for the meatballs. We were so comfortable at this winery we ordered a pizza which was delicious. This was the best pairing of our 6 stops.
Written March 7, 2022
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Gausian
New York City, NY4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Wines were average but tour was good with some history of the family who started the business. Only issue I felt worth mentioning is kids should not have to pay for the tour, I believe they didn’t mention it on the website. The guy at the cashier was a little rude about it, when I mentioned that the website should at least mention that kids should pay for the tour! Overall the tour guide was nice and knowledgeable. We even bought some ice wines at the end of the tour. The restaurant on site was great bonus too as kids were very hungry at the end of tour!
Written August 25, 2023
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Red Reviews
Ottawa, Canada59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Imagine a dream, you wake up not only in a vineyard but in a cherry tree oasis. A good looking lad named Michael floats over with a bottle of his finest rose. You can’t choose between one of his 5 pizzas so he brings them all. Pure bliss. The music starts and you can’t help but weep a bit as the acoustic melody cascades in. Reality check, this is real. At Barrel Head you will have an out of world experience with the trifecta - wine, food, ambiance and service. Wait that four, like I said, constantly exceeding expectations.
Written September 4, 2020
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Alex McC
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
After going to a few tastings during our time in Niagara-on-the-Lake, it is safe to say that Pillitteri Estates was, by far, the best of the day. What a wonderful tour, spearheaded by Hannah from Pillitteri! She was tremendously personable and so educated in the history of the family, the winery and it's production. My girlfriend and I were calling her our new good friend half way through the time there!! We loved her tour and would recommend her to all that go.
The wine was divine. A few of them were contenders for our favorites but we'll let you choose your own ;)
Not sure what kinds to get? Just ask Hannah. She'll find the perfect one for you.
Written September 19, 2020
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Chloe C
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We dropped in for a wine tasting and it was great! Andrew was very knowledge and extremely helpful in guiding us through a tasting and finding wines based on our preferences. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed all of the wines we tasted immensely. It was our favourite stop on our wine tour!
Written August 11, 2020
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M.Stark
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We were brought here as part of a winery tour. The experience was great. Our guide for the experience was Jacob A and he was really great. He shared a lot of knowledge and led a very enjoyable wine tasting experience.

Additionally the winery did a very good job maintaining a clean environment with measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Written July 16, 2020
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Adriana Sarmiento
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Brian was an amazing tour guide! Made the experience super enjoyable with his friendly demeanour, witty jokes and breadth of knowledge about the Pillitteri brand. We had a couple other tours after this one and none of them compared at all to his. On top of that world-class experience, the quality of wine Pillitteri delivers set an unbelievably high bar! A phenomenal tour because of him. Thanks Brian!
Written August 23, 2020
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Eden K
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Conner is the best host. He really made us fall in love with all the different ice wines to the point where we bought a couple of bottles. He kept us smiling and enjoying our time !!! We will come back all the time just to see Conner. Thank you Conner! He is so passionate about what he does.
Written August 29, 2020
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