When fall colours start to flood in across the coast, it’s the perfect time to cozy up to a hearty campfire and savour locally inspired craft beer, hard cider, and wine. This fall, go beyond the beach to discover a deliciously refreshing Ontario travel destination perfect for serious craft beer and wine lovers alike.
Refined Fool Brewing Co.
Refined Fool Brewing Co. is a craft brewery located just a few blocks from the St. Clair River. While the caramel, pumpkin, and buckwheat colours of their brews will certainly have you feeling festive, it’s ultimately their cozy taproom that makes the perfect spot to spend a chilly fall afternoon. Sample their seasonal brews packed with real pumpkin, spiced cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves – enough to give you those warm and fuzzy autumn feels.
Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House
Nothing says fall like a good hard cider, and owners Mike and Mark at Twin Pines Orchards and Cider House know a thing or two about producing award-winning ones. Take a picturesque fall road trip through peaceful Lambton Shores to spend a day picking apples from the orchards, before heading up to the oak tasting room to sample their award-winning Hammer Bent Red, made from a blend of northern spy, ida red, and golden russet apples, or their Hammer Bent Perry made from a unique blend of bartlett and bosc pears.
Alton Farms Estate Winery
Looking for a wine tour with a little more excitement? Every fall, this pioneer estate winery located in the newly emerging Huron Shores wine region opens up its doors for its annual Grape Stomp. With time trials and prizes for who can produce the most juice – it’s sure to become an annual fall tradition. Join in the fun on September 24. While you’re there, make sure to grab a few bottles of their 2015 Chardonnay. With notes of honey, pear, and green apple, it pairs exceptionally well with smoked ham, aged cheddar, and roast turkey – just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
Munro Honey and Meadery
When it comes to farm fresh flavours, it doesn’t get much fresher than Munro Honey. This fifth generation family of beekeepers pride themselves on doing very little to their honey products, ensuring that every bottle of their liquid sunshine comes right from the hive straight to your table. The first meadery in Ontario, if you’re lucky you can grab a bottle of their Cranberry Melomel. Crafted with real cranberries, it makes the perfect unexpected host or hostess gift for the holiday season.
Dark Horse Estate Winery
If relaxing is more your style, then saddle up to the patio at Dark Horse Estate Winery located in Grand Bend. The newest winery to join the Huron Shores wine region, this spot makes a perfect place to spend the afternoon enjoying a charcuterie board and tasting fight on their patio – blankets and a hot wood fire included.
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