8 hidden wineries around Ottawa where you can sip like you’re in Napa Valley

Wineries might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of what to do in Ottawa, but there are so many dotted around town.

You can stroll through the rows of vines and taste different varieties of wine at these eight wineries located less than an hour from Ottawa. Say yes to rosé and discover hidden wine country in your own backyard.

Kin Vineyards

Price: $8 for a tasting of three wines

When: Wednesday to Sunday

Address: 2225 Craig’s Side Road, Carp, ON

Why you need to go: You can sip a glass of wine or a tasting flight at a 47-acre vineyard amid the vines or at the outdoor terrace bar. The winery has partnered with Joe’s Italian Kitchen so you can enjoy Italian dishes paired with your favorite drink.

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Chelsea Vineyard

Price: Tasting prices vary

Address: 1582 Quebec Road. 105, Chelsea, QC

Why you need to go: This family-run winery hosts weddings and events, so you know it has to be a beautiful space. You can sip wine in the summer and taste maple treats at the sugar shack in the winter.

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Domaine Perrault

Price: $22+ per person, per terrace package

When: Friday to Sunday

Address: 1000 Perrault Road, Navan, ON

Why you need to go: Terrace packages must be booked 48 hours in advance so you can sit on the cellar terrace tasting five different varieties. From local wine selections to a Sommelier Select option with premium wines and a charcuterie snack you can sip on in the afternoon.

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Vineyard Clos Du Vully

Price: $12 per person for wine tasting, $60 for picnic package

When: Saturday and Sunday

Address: 2501 Magladry Road, Navan, ON

Why you need to go: This local winery grows five varieties of grapes, and you can drop by the winery to sample a bunch or enjoy an organized picnic. Wine tastings include two whites, two reds, a rosé and a glass of fortified wine. You can also book a wine and cheese pairing or a picnic package with a bottle of wine, a borrowed blanket and a charcuterie plate.

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Jabulani Vineyard and Wine Estate

Price: $10 for a tasting of six wines, $6+ per glass

When: Friday to Sunday

Address: 8005 Jock Trail, Richmond, ON

Why you need to go: You can pop in for a cheese platter tasting and snack or make a reservation online if you want to secure a certain spot. You will choose to sit at a barrel or patio table near the cellar veranda or find a hidden spot near the vines or pond.

On August 11, you can participate in a special yoga event at the winery that includes a gentle yoga session, a welcome drink and a tasting of three wines. Tickets are $40 each.

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Little red cart wine estate

Price: Tastings start at $5, $6 a glass

When: Friday to Sunday

Address: 165 Chem. de Calumet O, Shawville, QC

Why you need to go: Located on a historic fruit farm where blackberries and heritage grapes still grow, as well as its many vines for wine, this winery often hosts dinner parties and entertainment events. They serve from a small appetizer plate menu with a homemade dessert option available and flatbread pizzas on Fridays.

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Smokie Ridge Vineyard

Price: $25 per person for a guided tour and tasting of five wines

When: weekends until December

Address: 10090 Cameron Road, Mountain, ON

Why you need to go: You can try a variety of different wines during a guided tasting and take a tour of the cellar. They offer a number of different tour and tasting packages, including cheese and bread, international wines, a charcuterie board, and chocolates. There is also a vegan option.

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Pontiac Village Estate

Price: $3 for a tasting, $8 for three wines, $6 for a glass

When: Friday to Sunday until October 9, 2022

Address: 1259 Chem. of the Cemetery, Quyon, QC

Why you have to go: You can enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard or taste different wines in a historic barn. The winery also has a car museum where you can browse a bunch of vintage cars housed in a barn.

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