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Best Winery Tour for families?

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Best Winery Tour for families?

We'd like to take a winery tour while we're in the area in August and there are so many wineries to choose from! Which winery would be the best to tour with kids along (8, 11, 11 & 13) to hold their interest as well as ours? We've got a car so driving a bit won't be a problem. Any suggestions? Thanks!:)

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1. Re: Best Winery Tour for families?

Pellar Estates, Niagara on the Lake.

Well no wineries are very interesting to kids.

By the way, you'll get some free samples in the $5 wine tour - actually you will drink more than $5 worth of wine, especially if you get the ice wine samples which are world-class (the regular wine from niagara is subpar). Also, although kids cannot be given a wine sample directly, you can request a glass and then give that to your children.

Dont miss the ice wine, which ever you choose.

Niagara Falls is too commercial in my opinion. Then there's the casino, but you already got casinos in illinois. Most visitors much prefer niagara on the lake. I guess maybe niagara falls is not bad for the kids, as there's some tacky tourist trap things to do. But the adults should go to niagara on the lake while the kids are playing at marineland or somewhere. Niagara on the lake is the gem in that region.

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irblaster:

"although kids cannot be given a wine sample directly, you can request a glass and then give that to your children. " ?!!!!

What's wrong with you?

chocolatefrogs:

1. Don't bring your kids on a wine tasting tour.

2. Driving a bit WILL be a problem. Take a bus or cab.

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3. Re: Best Winery Tour for families?

I wouldn't recommend a winery tour for kids either as they likely wouldn't be very interested in the production of a product they can't sample. And they really can't sample ANY wine in a restaurant or winery since Ontario law would allow authorities to charge the owners and they could possibly lose their license.

But....if you want them to get some idea of the process, driving through the area with vineyards or doing a tour of a vineyard might be better than the winery itself which is usually vats and vats below ground with a lecture....not something they'd enjoy at that age.

If you decide to do that, Pillitteri Winery is a smaller winery and if the kids were restless after the vineyard tour, you could skip the actual processing area. ~pillitteri.com~ for times and cost of tours and for more information.

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4. Re: Best Winery Tour for families?

Thanks for your replies. I figured a winery tour, much like our local Milwaukee beer tours, was open to everyone..I grew up on touring the Miller Brewing Co on school field trips. Nowadays the Wisconsin beer companies offer soda pop to kids in lieu of sampling the brew.

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5. Re: Best Winery Tour for families?

<< irblaster:

"although kids cannot be given a wine sample directly, you can request a glass and then give that to your children. " ?!!!!

What's wrong with you? >>

Hey the tour guide SUGGESTED it... i don't have kids, in fact i hate the little screamin buggers, so i never did it. But the breeders on my winery tour toting the brats accepted the tour guide's offer... took the glasses (less filled) and gave them to his kids.

If you don't like that policy, I suggest you chastize the wineries instead of me about it. And keep your mouth shut til you know the score, it makes you look like the fool you are! Thank you.

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6. Re: Best Winery Tour for families?

<< chocolatefrogs:

1. Don't bring your kids on a wine tasting tour.

2. Driving a bit WILL be a problem. Take a bus or cab.>>

Dubious advice... everyone drives there, it's close to niagara. And many people bring their children. Well they make chocolate too at some.

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7. Re: Best Winery Tour for families?

irblaster-

Only jerks like you drink and drive. And it was YOUR suggestion to give alcohol to kids. You're responsible for what you say regardless of where you may have heard it first. Who's the fool? Maybe the one with a warrant out for his arrest. Loser.

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8. Re: Best Winery Tour for families?

Can't we all just get along?

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9. Re: Best Winery Tour for families?

I would also say that a winery tour is not really for kids although they may enjoy going into the cellar. Like a cave at some places. Having said that, Peller, Jackson Triggs and Strewn are my favourites. The staff are very friendly and you won't feel like you're intruding on their space. Avoid Inniskillin!! I have been there 3 times and always feel as though we aren't welcome. The staff are rude and act superior to everyone else. Odd because they are part of the same company that owns Jackson Triggs. Peller is close to Niagara on the Lake which is a must for any visitor. Quaint shops etc. Home of the Shaw Festival if you like theater.

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10. Re: Best Winery Tour for families?

Chocolatefrogs,

it looks like you have inadvertently opened a real pandora's box.

There is a family friendly winery not far from Niagara Falls and we bring our own children their on occasion - it is called Puddicombe farms (www.puddicombefarms.com) and offers a playground, train rides, crafts, a cafe and other activities as well as a wine tour and tasting. If you have a map, look for Winona (towards Hamilton) - it is only about a 20 - 25 minute drive from Niagara and, if you get on number 8, it is a very nice drive through the country, small towns and extensive fields of grapes.

jrblaster and atreyu,

While I don't give my own children alcohol as a regular thing, I do let them have a sip of wine from time to time. In countries other than ours, children drink small amounts of wine from a very young age and it is both socially and culturally acceptable. In our diverse culture, with a definite European influence, I am surprised at the vehemence expressed towards a family trying to find an activity that everyone can enjoy - we live in a great wine region so what is wrong with a wine tour or children having a taste if their parents are amenable to the idea?

In terms of drinking and driving, I don't think that the amount of wine you get at any tasting is enough to render you unable to drive - it is possible to drive to a winery, sample responsibly and drive home safely.

jrblaster is correct when he says the winery provides information to the parents on how to let their children try the wine, if the parents are willing.

jrblaster, I am surprised at your description of children and applaud your decision not to ever have children if this is how you truly feel. For those of us that have them, they can be trying but they have enriched our lives beyond belief and your description is offensive. Maybe you should stick to giving advice to adults rather than families with "the little screamin buggers."

I am not sure why this post has people so hot or why there is a need to be so judgemental about a family asking a legitimate question and an individual trying to provide a legitimate answer.