I first discovered Kew Vineyards around two years ago when friends recommended it to me. As we pulled up to the winery, my heart skipped a beat; this place was gorgeous. Lush, quaint (but not overly so) and peaceful, Kew is everything you want in a winery. From the gorgeous tasting room inside to their beautiful patio, this is one of the places where you go to take a deep breath, drink a glass of wine (or two) and unwind. Kew has quickly become one of my favourite wineries to visit, not only because of the setting, but because of the incredible wine Kew makes.
Speaking of wine, Kew makes some of the best vintages in the Beamsville Bench and Niagara area. Their Soldier's Grant (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) is a staple in my house. It's a vibrant red that has flavours of deep rich cherries, smoke and spice. Rosalie is a sparkling rosé made with Pinot Noir grapes. It tastes like zesty grapefruit, red fruit and hints of melon. They also make a stunning Riesling - and one of my new favourites, Fumé Blanc, which is aged in French oak, giving the Sauvignon Blanc grapes a toasty warmth. I've also been hearing raves about their Marsanne - Marsanne being a grape that is traditionally grown in France's Rhone Valley, but that is thriving at Kew.
In the summer you can book a picnic table out on the lawn that overlooks the vineyards. Bring your own treats and snacks while enjoying the fabulous wines that Kew has to offer. They also serve a bread and cheese board - complete with a delicious dip that's available to purchase in the tasting room.
This is one of those special places; one I'm quick to recommend to anyone who wants to get out of the city for a little rest, relaxation and wine time. It's one of those spots that I keep coming back to for the wine, the views and the Kew hospitality.
Hopefully next time I'll see you there!