Wine Tasting & Weekend Winery Tours

All Hernder table wines are produced from 100% Ontario grapes, and all have attained the V.Q.A. status.

Wine Tasting & Weekend Winery Tours

All Hernder table wines are produced from 100% Ontario grapes, and all have attained the V.Q.A. status.

Wine Tasting & Weekend Winery Tours

All Hernder table wines are produced from 100% Ontario grapes, and all have attained the V.Q.A. status.

Wine Tasting & Weekend Winery Tours

Wine Tasting Bar Open 7 Days A Week Year Round

Try before you buy! We welcome you to enjoy our complimentary samples in the retail store. Enter through the covered bridge (named the “Brittany Bridge” after Fred Hernder’s first granddaughter) and join us! Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will help you select that perfect wine for any occasion.  Choose from a variety of red and/or white VQA wines.  With 25 varietals, Hernder houses something for everyone’s palate.   Finish off your tasting with a unique specialty wine.  Rhubarb is a favourite or indulge in an icewine.  ($2.50 per sample)  All of our grapes are grown in our own vineyards, helping produce some of our award winning vintages!  Known for numerous awards, the highest accolade being the recipient of The Sichel Trophy, recognizing Hernder as having the Best Riesling in the world!

Daily tastings are available and tours (with reservations) are encouraged for groups of 2 or 200! Please call ahead if your group has ten or more quests so that we may make your visit more enjoyable. Cheers!  We look forward to your visit!

(9-5pm Monday-Friday and 10-5pm Saturdays & Sundays)

Horizontal and Vertical Wine Tastings

As Hernder Estates winemaker I sincerely welcome you to our winery and encourage you to have fun, explore, and savor our delicious wines while you visit us. Our tasting bar is open daily from 10am-5pm and our award winning wine list is quite extensive in varietal, style and vintage. We have up to 14 varietals and our vintages date as far back as 1995. I also encourage visitors to sample some of our fun fruit wines which are quite rare but delicious at the same time. The staff at Hernder Estates is well trained and can help you make your wine tasting experience as serious or fun as you want to make it.

If you aren’t too serious about a certain wine, vintage, or varietal our sales team would be more than happy to take you through a general tasting where you can choose up to four samples from our wine list. Here’s a suggestion for a general 4 wine-wine tasting: start with a sparkler, then sip a white wine, treat yourself to a full bodied red and then finish with one of our luxurious icewines.

On occasion I like to have the sales team present a vertical tasting to our keen customers. Here they can compare back vintages to current vintages of the same varietal. This is a fun one to do with Riesling, Cabernet Franc, or Vidal Icewine. I enjoy these types of tasting because gives the customer a chance to observe how these varietals can age, and what characteristics develop with time. They can try to predict the aging potential of some of our younger wines by doing this too.

Sometimes the customer is only interest in doing a horizontal tasting. Horizontal tasting is just a fancy way of saying “you want to taste wines from a particular vintage”. This could be an anniversary year, a great growing year, a new winemaker year, or a year where a new technology was used. In this case I would suggest a horizontal red tasting from the 2002 vintage. 2002 was a great warm year and many great reds were made from it. You can see this first hand by sampling our 2002 Merlot , 2002 Meritage, 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon , 2002 Cabernet Franc.

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Hernder Estate Wines

Hernder Estate Wines
1607 Eighth Avenue Louth,
St. Catharines, Ontario,
Canada L2R 6P7