By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Weíve visited the Niagara wine region for several years now and are aiming to try other wine routes in the province. I always liked wines from Pelee Island but am not sure whether itís worth our while to make the drive there. Do you know if there are other wineries we could visit in the area?

A: Along the northern shores of Lake Erie lies Canadaís oldest winemaking region. Ever since Pelee Islandís winery first opened its doors over a century ago, wine barrels have been filled with local grapes around Canadaís most southerly point. No wonder. It shares the same latitude as northern California and Bordeaux in France and has a unique micro-climate that boasts the longest frost-free season in Ontario.

Over 12 wineries are part of this growing wine route which includes Colio Estate Wines, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, Viewpointe Estate Winery and others. Currently the Conventions Visitors Bureau of Windsor, Essex County and Pelee Island is offering its Grape Escape Package for couples for $320. This two-night package for two includes two passes for a tour and tasting at local wineries; a $40 dinner voucher for Jack's Pub and Dining; full gourmet breakfast; complimentary glass of local wine upon check-in and a keepsake bottle of local wine.

For reservations call toll-free 1-877-737-5557. Windsor is approximately 367 km from Toronto.


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