Happy Thanksgiving all you sippers! I hope your weekend was filled with turkey, family and love. We had quite the busy weekend ourselves, travelling to three dinners all around the GTA. To sum it up, we’ve been stuffed full of turkey, mashed potatoes and fine wines since Friday when the clock struck 5! In between these feasts we had a little fall fun visiting some wineries in the upcoming GTA winery region.
Gallucci Winery feels like home in Italy. It is family owned and run, and you can feel the passion and love as soon as you walk in. Everything from the architecture, decor and the products sold has an Italian feel. We sampled a few of their wines. Usually I’m not a fan of riesling wines, but their 2014 Riesling was dry, yet refreshing. It almost reminded me more of a sauvignon blanc. We also tasted the 2014 Merlot, which was smooth and full of fruity flavours. Also made the purchase. Before leaving, the friendly owner let us sample some of their pure olive oil imported from Italy. Boy was it fresh! Also picked up a bottle of it and we’ll be back for more!
Side note: this winery has been making renovations throughout the last couple years to become a wedding venue. Walking through the gardens and with a back drop of fields and fields of grape vines, this venue would definitely give you some exquisite pic opportunities!
Willow Springs Winery
Willow Spring Winery is right around the corner from Gallucci, but they have completely different feels. Willow Springs feels like your Muskoka cottage. It’s homey, rustic and upon walking in you’re greeted with the most friendly welcome. Here we sampled many of their wines, but their 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay blew me away. Expecting the dryness from a regular chardonnay, the first sip took me by surprise! Vanilla and oak notes were very powerful in this wine, which worked perfectly together! I bought two bottles, along with their 2012 Riesling and 2014 Moraine Red. Our bar is packed full after this weekend’s wanders!