We had gone to Napa two years ago and tastings ranged from $10-20, tours from $30-40 and the bottles they had for sale and tastings were above $50 so Niagara was a pleasant surprise.
The reds were nothing like Napa, which is to be expected, but I was surprisingly pleased with the Cabernet Franc.
**If you pay for tastings that will be taken off the price of a bottle if you buy. Also, we stayed at a B & B and were given many free tasting cards.
The Ice House--$10 pp for a sample of three ice wines and a ice wine slushie (amazing) Don't get suckered into buying ice wine there as the prices are high. Get better prices at Pilliteri and other wineries. We learned that.
Peller--$7 for a tasting of three wines. Informative staff. Wines were okay. Nice reisling. Free sample card gave awful tastings
Hillebrand (Trius)--Great staff. $ 7 for three samples. Free sample card let you sample any three wines which was nice. Nice Cab Franc, Sauv Blanc, and some others
Pilleteri--My favourite. All table wines were free to sample. Ice wine tastings ranged from $2-4. Free informative tour with samplings at the end. Great place!
Caroline's Way--Free tastings but you only get 4. Nice Plum and Vidal wine.
Reif--$5 for three tastings. Very nice White Meritage and Cab Franc ice wine
Inniskillin--$1 per sample of table wine. Not impressed by anyting there. Ice wine tastings ranged from $5-10. WOW! Expensive
Lailey--$5 tasting of 3. Pushy staff. Nice Vidal wine.
Joseph's Estate--they didn't have (or open) three wines that were listed to taste $1-2
Strewn--$0.50 tastings Nice Cab Sauv/Cab Franc and nice Pinot Blanc Nice tasting room and staff
Hinterbrook--Great tastings! Not so great staff, bit pretentious. $5 for 3 tastings. Great Cab Franc, Pinot Grigio, and more
Konzelman--$1-2 tastings. Great staff. Nice Peach wine and Heritage Blend
The wineries are very close together. We biked one day and were able to go to 6 wineries within 6 hours. There were many other wineries we wish we could have went to but didn't get a chance to go. Enjoy yourself!Edited: 9:50 am, July 25, 2012