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“Best Day Ever”

Grape Escape Wine Tours
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Niagara Falls Wine Tour with Cheese Pairing
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Owner description: Grape Escape Wine Tours offer daily tours by passenger vehicle or bicycle. A fun and educational way to learn about the winemaking process from vineyard to tasting room. Sample the regions finest and rarest wines including Ice-wine and experience the beauty of Niagara on the Lake. Our tours can include gourmet lunch or dinner at one of the finest restaurants in the area or simply a cheese platter to pair with your wines. We cater for Corporate, custom and group tours and our expert and knowledgeable guides will ensure you have a truly memorable experience.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Best Day Ever”
Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

We booked this tour through the Victorian Suites Inn. Our tour guide Diane was amazing. We went to wonderful wineries and were treated as VIPs by everyone. Diane customized our tour based on the type of wines we like. It was a wonderful day. Thank you so much. We would give 6 stars if we could.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Jeff B
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Dieppe, Canada
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20 reviews
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“Weekend of wine and relaxation”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

Leaving our families behind, a friend and I went to Niagara-On-the-Lake for some relaxation and great wine. Wanting to take in local wineries without the worry of driving, we booked a Taste-The-Season Tour with Grape Escape Wine Tours.

The company was very accomodating, making sure we were able to provide a list of wineries we wanted to visit and pairing us with another group wanting to visit similar wineries. They purchased the Taste the Season tickets for us, not even charging a mark-up fee. Thank you for this.

Our guide was knowledgeable about local farmland and the history of the region. He narrated the tour for us, between wineries. He was also very patient, allowing ample time to take-in every winery. We never felt rushes throughout the day.

we commenced the tour at 11 a.m., finishing at 5 p.m. and were able to take in a whopping 17 wineries; including the 12 on the list that I had submitted.

A great day and I would recommend this company.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Jody D
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Rochester, New York
2 reviews
“Grape Escape is Great!”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

My husband and I, along with friends of ours used Grape Escape to take use around Niagara-on-the-Lake for the recent Taste of the Season. Our experience was again, just as wonderful as it was two years ago. This was the second time we've Grape Escape Wine Tours and I can't say enough amazing things about them. They are prompt, knowledgeable, and very friendly. Our driver this time Pat, was fantastic. He got us around to the wineries we wanted to go to, recommended other places to visit in the area, and gave us a lot of knowledge about wine making and wine tasting that we did not know. He was great and I would defiantly recommended Grape Escape and Pat as your driver to anyone. I know that we will use Grape Escape Wine Tours again.

Visited November 2013
Thank Sara S
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Toronto, Canada
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“Amazing Bike/Wine Tour with Rick!”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

Customer Service:
From initial contact (e-mail) with Grape Escapes the costumer service was extremely friendly, timely, and accommodating. We were able to make a reservation for 2 people for the Afternoon Wine/Bike tour with just 1 days notice (although I had e-mail prior to make a "tentative" reservation). We were also assured that if it rained, which the weather had called for, we could do a vehicle tour or take a rain-check and do the bike tour another time. We were also able to request to visit specific wineries in advance.

We did our tour on Oct. 23rd - We knew it would be a bit cold but wanted to enjoy the beautiful autumn colours of the trees/leaves (and we did!). Rick/Grape Escapes brought gloves for us (although we had our own), rain poncho's (which thankfully we did not need), and water bottles.

I thought that Grape Escapes provided a great value for cost. It was only me and my bf doing the tour, and other tour companies in Niagara-on-the-Lake charge extra for bike tours of two people or less, but Grape Escapes doesn't (admittedly, one of the main reasons I initially booked with them!) With the tastings and excellent tour guide, it is worth it and I would go back to Grape Escapes in the future.

The tour itself was excellent. Our tour guide was Rick, and he was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. For a couple who did not know much about wine, Rick was able to give us a quick run-down of wine-tasting etiquette. He was also knowledgeable in providing us with the history of the wineries visited. On our tour we visited Caroline, Marynissen, Riverview Cellars, Reif Estate Winery, and Konzelmann. The service was excellent everywhere! Our favorite wine was at Reif. At Riverview, we did a full tour, tasted grapes, and enjoyed a cheese platter/tasting. Also note: We initially started off wanting to tip our wine server at each winery, as this is what we are used to in Toronto, however, the staff at the first winery we visited (Caroline Cellars) told us that tipping was not the standard protocol at wineries - and we really appreciated that she told us this! The bike-riding pace was extremely leisurely and would be suitable for most people/ages.

At the end of the tour, Rick/Grape Escapes provided us with two $5.00 vouchers for Kurtz Orchard Shop/Market which was located at our meeting/drop-off location. The Market had a selection of items (fresh cheeses, jams/spreads, pastries, and many other things). We used our vouchers for a coffee and a couple of pastries. It was a really nice surprise to be given this voucher!

On one last side note, Rick was able to give us excellent dinner suggestions within Niagara-on-the-Lake. Rick also pointed us in the direction of a couple other wineries that we could drive to and visit if we were up for it.. We ended up visiting Lailey and Peller Estates.

By the end of the tour, I was slightly buzzed, and my bf was okay! We both had a perfect afternoon and will definitely be back in the spring for a full day tour!

Thanks Rick and Grape Escapes! :)

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Interesting, organised, and fun”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

Richard arrived at 1.15pm, having estimated 1 to 1.15, and apologised for keeping us waiting. The tour was taken in a very comfortable minivan, together with another couple, and Richard was keen to tailor the tour to all our tastes.

We took in five wineries, with matched cheeses at the first one, giving a broad spread of tastings of reds, whites, and ice wines.

I would very highly recommend this well organised and professional tour.

Visited November 2013
Thank jon0n0n
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