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Peller Estates Winery

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290 John St
Niagara On the Lake, ON  L0S 1J0

(905) 468-4678

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March 09, 2013

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Located in the heart of Peller Estates Winery, this fine dining experience offers inventive regional cuisine paired with Peller Estates award winning wines. Executive Chef Jason Parsons works with our winemaking team to showcase wines in his seasonally evolving menu.

The restaurant was recently awarded the highest possible rating for food Extraordinary by Zagat readers.
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January 13, 2014

A "quite complete collection" of "exquisite" VQA wines is found at this Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard, which also offers tours and a "beautiful bar and seating area for tasting"; completing the picture are a "polished" ambience, a staff that's happy to "assist with selections" and a restaurant offering sweeping views of the vineyard.

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4 star rating
May 20, 2013

Walking up to the building we had high expectations but they only lasted a short time. The winery we visited just prior to this was staffed with experienced and knowledgeable people but Peller seems to employ mostly twenty-somethings. Not to say they couldn't explain the wine but the experience lacked sophistication. And frankly the wines we tasted were mediocre. It's a nice looking place and... more

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4 star rating
April 24, 2013

What a beautiful winery! The ice wine is incredible here. Too bad I came during the dead of winter when everyone was frozen stiff and couldn't wander the vineyard even if we wanted to. But I would love to come back some time in the Spring and Summer to check it out, just for the beautiful scenery and the fantastic ice wine, if nothing else. The tour was fun and informative and came with... more

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4 star rating
April 21, 2013

The tour was well worth it! Very informative, but not too long. The tasting at the end in one of the barrel cellars is a nice finishing touch.

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4 star rating
March 22, 2013

This was our first stop in Niagara Wine Country and I wasn't super impressed.

I don't really have any major flaws or complaints, but it just personally wasn't my favorite of the wineries we visit. I didn't LOVE any of the wines we tasted and while the tasting room is very large and grand, it has a kind of chain/cookie cutter feel to it.

If you're looking for a standard vineyard to visit, this... more

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4 star rating
Did not meet our expectations or live up to the reputation
February 18, 2013

Sorry you were disappointed. What went wrong?
The food was terrible. We did the 5 course dinner with the wine pairing. All the courses were terrible. Some even stale. The main entre was not even palatable. We were not the only table that felt that way. Two other tables sent their food back. An absolute disappointment. We actually went in... more

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4 star rating
Just go if you want understand more about wine
January 10, 2013

... and taste excellent selection of wines.
Excellent ambiance, good reception, organized tour ... you'll really enjoy all the steps in knowing more about winery.

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4 star rating
I don't mind having a birthday, if I have dinner here
January 05, 2013

While Peller is almost an hour drive, this is the restaurant I like best for a special dinner. We had the five course tasting menu with wine parings. The menu was well constructed, the wine well matched. From the Oyster amuse bouche, foie gras salad, great local take take on fish and chips to the amazing bison tenderloin pared with... more

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4 star rating
December 28, 2012

Always a place you should stop when tasting wines in Niagara. It is a little commercial (lame glasses) but the wines are consistent and they have great gift items. We always buy a few bottles of the Ice Cuvee to bring back to California because there is nothing like it there.

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4 star rating
December 27, 2012

We went one day for tastings and the next for lunch in the restaurant patio. There are two patio areas--one that's more casual and the other connected to there fine restaurant. That's the one you want for a great experience. Katie was our server and was responsible for making our lunch memorable. She was fantastic--educated us on perfect wine pairings and the chef's exquisite creations.

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4 star rating
December 15, 2012

Came up from NYC for the weekend. The winery was ok, but the food was amazing. We had lunch there and the view is amazing and the food was top notch. A similar meal in NYC would have easily cost twice as much, been twice as crowded and without a view. Definitely worth a stop if you are near the area.

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4 star rating
Best brunch ever
December 01, 2012

My fiance came in for the 3-course brunch.
It was a rainy day so the dining room was fairly quiet, but even with the rain, the view of the grounds was spectacular.
The service was exemplary, and the food was delicious and memorable.
I had the mussels, followed by the truffled scallops on risotto, which was one of the best... more

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4 star rating
November 27, 2012

By far the Peller Estate Ice wine collection is one of my favorite! They have a nice selection s of Ice Wines in White, Rose, and Late Harvest. Plus there are not a whole lot of places you can get it in Toronto so when I am at the Winery I take advantage and I go crazy. I am a big wine fan so when I discovered Ice Wine is was convinced!

I also like how modern the winery is, plus there is a... more

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4 star rating
Busy place
November 19, 2012

Very busy place buts lots of people to help and answer questions. Purchase a bottle to bring home. Walked around the grounds and explored the buildings, fun.

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4 star rating
flight" tasting
November 19, 2012

four of us had complimentary coupons for a flight tasting which we decided to do before the Fabulicious luncheon. We were started with their Gewurztraminer 2010, followed by Malbec 2010, and then the Vidal ice wine. Mary was our server, and was very knowledgeable not only of the wines served but also other wines produced on the estate. (she was... more

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4 star rating
World class winery and restaurent
November 19, 2012

I have been been going to Pellar Estates for their wine and food experiences for 10 years.The quality of both offering have developed progressively .and the pricing has risen accordingly.Take in the seminars and tasting experiences here and at the sisiter winery Trius Hillebrand.We have visited wineries around the world and think the educational experiiences here are the best we... more

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4 star rating
Disappointing meal
November 09, 2012

We had eaten dinner at Peller one previous time and had such a fantastic meal that we looked forward to this meal as it was a celebration of my birthday as well as our anniversary. This meal was just the opposite. At first we were seated at a terrible table and had to ask for a better one. The food... more

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4 star rating
excellent food and wine, fantastic service
October 31, 2012

we went for Sunday lunch last week, we took the 3 course menu .
The welcoming wine ( Signature Series Ice Cuvee Classic) was superb to begin the meal.
The appertisers , main course and dessert were all very good and plating were very nice to look at. Overall , the meal was satisfying and we will definitely go back... more

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4 star rating
The 7 Course Tasting Menu
October 14, 2012

Make sure you have a mode of transportation home! If you get the 7 Course with wine pairing you will not be disappointed. These are full glasses!

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4 star rating
Wow
October 14, 2012

We ate lunch; dinner was just too dear for our budget. We do this fairly frequently, get great food; but pay lots less than we would a few hours later. Lovely dining room, you look out on a large expanse of vineyard. We also found the Peller wine to be very good and bought several bottles to take with us.

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4 star rating
Not totally thrilled
October 11, 2012

and we should have been, with a meal that cost well over $300...for just two. It should have been a spectacular food, wine, and atmosphere event and it just didn't measure up. There certainly were things to delight the palate: a Cabernet-merlot-berry palate cleansing smoothy was delicious and innovative; there was a tomato and plum soup with a green tomato... more

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4 star rating
Great soup
September 27, 2012

A friend and I came in quite late and just wanted a bowl of soup. The staff were just excellent - they treated us like we had ordered a hundred dollar dinner - and the soup and bread served with it were excellent.

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4 star rating
Pellar Estates Dining Experience
September 04, 2012

I ate with my husband at the Single Plates little patio restaurant. We both had the Pulled Pork Sandwich. It was really tasty but if you're really hungry, I'd suggest eating at the larger restaurant. We opted for this place on the casual patio because we just wanted a little something to eat. Nothing bad to say! Take the wine... more

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4 star rating
great food
August 30, 2012

we look forward every year to the 7 course menu at the restuarant after the theatre. chef uses all the fresh foods from the region with the estate wines. great views over the fields of vines. the staff are most knowledgable and very helpful

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4 star rating
August 26, 2012

Peller Estates Winery is one of my "A Day in NOTL" wineries stop.

Estates it is, the deco here is just so grand and everything is mega scale!! Maybe too big to my liking.

Winemaking Excellence Tour for $10, with 3 tasting and $5 credit to purchase is not a bad deal if you never visit the winery before. But with winery as big as Peller, everything is not as personal and quite commercial!
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4 star rating
Beautiful place
August 25, 2012

The wine tasting building, retail store and expansive vineyards make this a beautiful place! Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable Upstairs is a more private and well-appointed wine tasting room which definitely helped with our wine selection although we always buy more than intended :)

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4 star rating
Learn something new every day
August 23, 2012

Beautiful grounds and an excellent selection of wine and gifts. A couple of years ago we also took the stemware course offered upstairs and were floored by the difference that size and shape of a glass can change the enjoyment and perception of any one particular wine. Greatly enjoyed by all four of us!

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4 star rating
Lunch on Terrace like dining in Italy
August 18, 2012

A perfect afternoon for lunch on terrace overlooking the vineyard. Food, presentation and service were great. The wine pairings by course was a fun way to experience them. The service (Carley) was exceptional thru her knowledge of the wines and in her attentive care. Would definitely go back.

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4 star rating
Good winery visit
August 11, 2012

This is one of the larger wineries - but certainly worth the stop. We decided not to take the tour and just walk around ourselves and then do the wine tasting. The tasting room is really nice - nice big bar and space to see whatever they are selling along with their wine. There were three of us - so... more

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4 star rating
Good wine
August 10, 2012

Great people and great wine. what an amazing atmosphere to drink wine! Recommend for solo travellers too so that you can meet interesting people.

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4 star rating
Great Place for a Special Event
August 04, 2012

We have eaten here several times. The special barrel room parties put on a regular basis are a special treat. Summers are especially great as you can sit outside and take in the escarpment and the vineyards. Professional from A to Z.

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4 star rating
Always Niagara's best
July 28, 2012

Reception always gracious. Gorgeous dining area indoor & out. Servers well-trained, conscientious. Menu is well varied without compromising standards of locally grown products and freshness. Wines outstanding. Lately a bit too much attention to meat & not enough to veg & grains -- guess Americans like that but fine-dining aficionados prefer more balanced plates.

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4 star rating
winery tasting
July 21, 2012

very good wine beautiful building, good wine choice

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4 star rating
good winery visit
July 19, 2012

Nice visit . Informative staff generous with information

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4 star rating
Great Brunch
July 09, 2012

We had brunch at Peller Estates on Sunday. Wonderful meal, great servcice and of course the wine was perfect.

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4 star rating
July 05, 2012

We biked to the winery and they offer a delivery service of your purchases to your hotel. We decided to take advantage of this and were promised that it would arrive that evening. Our wines never arrived that night and we had to delay our drive back to Chicago the next morning in order to wait for the winery to open to get our wines. The service promised was not provided.

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4 star rating
Disappointing
July 01, 2012

The size of the estate creates expectation, which unfortunately is not met by it's wines. The red's nearly all tasted the same, not good at all. The white's are ok but not more the that. Price performance was far off.

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4 star rating
June 17, 2012

We made a stop in here as part of the Niagara Wine Festival Discovery pass, and as it was one of the later stops in the day we didn't spend a lot of time at the facility but are glad we stopped in.

The facility is large in size and seems really nice from the foyer to the restaurant areas to even the outdoor patio area out back of the building. There was a nice sheltered area for shade and some... more

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4 star rating
Stunning
May 06, 2012

Fantastic staff, great wines. So much nicer than the house wines offered from the lcbo. Thinking about joining the wine club there.

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4 star rating
April 08, 2012

Peller is one of the grander wineries in the area with a fancy building that houses the tasting room and a restaurant. I got 3 tastings for $7 and nothing really appealed to me but I liked how the guy tried to educate us on how different red wines taste if poured through an aerator.

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4 star rating
January 16, 2012

Came here for the icewine festival. The people were super friendly, considering they were outdoors in the freezing weather all day. The setting was spectacular! They accompanied their ice wine with large marshmallows to be roasted. I loved every second of it!!

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4 star rating
December 27, 2011

I stopped here after coming back from the Niagara on the Lake shops for a few tastings and a bottle of wine.

We had about 3 or 4 tastings a person (five in the group). The gentleman hosting my crew's tastings was very informative, swift, and a little conversational. He explained how the doodad he used while pouring the reds oxygenated the wine like a decanter, just faster for the sample.

We... more

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4 star rating
September 30, 2011

I am fan.

This was the first stop on my winery van tour. However, I didn't take the time to mark down the wines. But I remember trying a muscat, late harvest, bubble, and red. Each one was very good. I hope to go back. This was a beautiful winery and sold very good quality wine. If someone goes back within September 2011, can someone email me the wine tasting list for the above tasting?

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4 star rating
July 27, 2011

Stopped in Pellar as part of a tour back in late April of this year. I found the facility to be quite nice and we had pretty good service even though the gal was busy (but she didn't seem as passionate about the wine as other places we visited). They have lots to offer inside the shop as it is larger than the other wineries we visited in the region.

We tried a couple reds and whites and I... more

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4 star rating
July 25, 2011

Stopped into Peller after Jackson Triggs. Found out the tour here was $5 more expensive than at JT. Not that big a deal so we signed up for the $10 tour. We took some time to relax in their beautiful lobby/living room until the tour began.

The tour was small (6 people) and our guide was young and friendly. Certainly willing to answer any questions and honest about some things that she didn't... more

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4 star rating
May 01, 2011

Great Ice Wines - Employee Kevin made our day!

Me and the hubby were in NOTL for a wine tasting weekend. We stopped here cause from the road the place looks like a stunning French chateau. We came after 3pm - on a overcast day. Not a lot of people there for a Saturday- so we got a lot of attention from a staff member named Kevin.

This gent was VERY knowledgeable and discussed in depth methods... more

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4 star rating
March 04, 2011

Staff don't know much about the wine available.

If you want to find a nice winery where you can really learn about the product and have a pleasant experience at the counter, try somewhere else.

On the plus side, they are open a little later than the other wineries in the area.

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4 star rating
November 16, 2010

I dined at the restaurant with my fiance over the weekend. We went all out and got the tasting menu with the wine pairing. Food and service was superb - as expected with the $115 price tag. They came out and explained every dish in detail, and our glasses were never empty. The only disappointment was the dessert. It was a playful mix that was essentially a mini drumstick (think the kind you buy... more

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4 star rating
March 24, 2010

I came here for the Ice Wine festival. I'm not usually a fan of the sweet wines, but I'm sold on the Ice Wine---maybe because the alcohol content is a bit higher than most other sweet wines.

The festival consisted of roasting marshmallows over on open fire while sipping ice wine and chatting with the local winemakers. It was a very satisfying and educational experience---although they should... more

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4 star rating
March 23, 2010

In the land of small wineries, Peller Estates sticks out as the over-commercialization of wine in the style of Francis Ford Coppola's Disneyland of Wine in Napa Valley.

It's very faux-french modern (as opposed to Jackson-Triggs or Stratus cool-modern) and busy and hustle and bustle with actual Cashiers, and not just some lady ringing you up after she pours you your tastes.

Is pretty outdoors.... more

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4 star rating
February 14, 2010

Go for lunch, not dinner.

We've eaten dinner at the Peller half a dozen times over as many years. The food is good, but it is without a doubt not worth the price. We'll return, but only for lunch.

The atmosphere of the Peller has changed over the time period, it doesn't take itself so seriously, which is a welcomed change.

Cynthia was a wonderful server on our most recent visit, friendly and... more

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4 star rating
January 30, 2010

We enjoyed the wine, the place, the service and food so much that we become wine club members of Peller. I enjoy Canadian wines, particularly reds, as much or more than European or Australian comparable varieties.

We stopped by Peller for the IceWine Festival on Jan 23. The weather was incredibly warm and sunny for this time of year. We enjoyed (and I mean really ENJOYed) the ice-wine soaked... more

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4 star rating
October 06, 2009

Went here mid-September. The weather was great which made the drive excellent. wind in our hair, good music....wine!

Took the "tour" - which was worth it. I learned interesting facts, got to walk around the grounds, participated in tastings, went into their cellar, took awesome pix.

Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable. And, they make excellent wine... go figure!

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4 star rating
October 05, 2009

So, dinner at Peller Estates is one of those things that you're supposed to do if you're a foodie and a wino visiting the area. While I love the pomp and circumstance of fine dining once in a while, I really dislike the price tag that invariably accompanies it. I'm much more of a bistro person. Having said that, though, I'm glad we were able to experience what is probably one of the 2 most... more

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4 star rating
September 15, 2009

My husband and I had the 7-course surprise wine pairing menu by Jason. First of all, it was way more than 7 courses. We left very satisfied. Also be prepared to taste 7+ wines, which may leave you a little tipsy. Each dish was artfully prepared to fit perfectly with each wine. Jason uses ice wine reductions for many of the dishes which worked out deliciously. Our favorite was the seared duck... more

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4 star rating
July 29, 2009

we took advantage of The Wine & Herb Festival
info - a weekend touring the 21 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake where each will feature a different herb-themed food pairing matched to a premium VQA wine selected to highlight the flavour and aroma of the herb.

featured herb - Chervil and Black Pepper Ice Cream with Horseradish and Apricot Preserve, all served in tiny ice cream cones with the... more

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4 star rating
June 01, 2009

This winery has an excellent gourmet restaurant, nice surroundings, and some good wines. We tried the restaurant and had a great meal with fabulous food, service, views, and of course wines. Try the Cuvee - Ice wine champagne style.

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4 star rating
May 20, 2009

Compared to the other wineries on our very limited tour of the area (we only had time for four), this one reminded me most of the adult Disneyland of Napa. It didn't have the same sort of character as the smaller places, and I didn't like the white wines as much, but we got a great sparkling rose and tried some good icewines.

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4 star rating
September 20, 2008

Peller is definitely one of the biggest wineries in Niagara--there's even a shuttlebus for the Shaw crowd. Tours here would likely give you the best bang-buck ratio. They have a pretty comprehensive tasting bar, and the wines are good, although none of them really stand out for me (but I'm not much of a wine nut).

What stands out for me, though, is Peller's comprehensive gift shop/wine... more

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4 star rating
September 01, 2008

Nestled in Niagara wine country, the Peller Estates is about 1/2 an hour drive from the Falls on the Canadian side. It is one of the largest wineries in the area & they provide tours daily. It was $5/person for the 45 minute tour & we got to try 3 different wines (red, white, icewine).

Before I went to this winery, I knew pretty much nothing about wine. Our tour guide told us all about the... more

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