Wine Tasting 101

Wine tasting has been the most popular activity, since we began operating all-inclusive local tours in the Collingwood and Blue Mountain area.  Perhaps because it appeals mainly to women, who tend to get together with their gal pals for mini-getaways.  Or that it’s a fun and relaxing way to spend time with friends.

We’re fortunate to have three wineries (The Roost Wine Company, Georgian Hills Vineyards and Coffin Ridge Vineyard & Winery), and one local cidery (Thornbury Village Cider and Brew House) that is part of a winery family, all within 60 km of Collingwood.  Known as a cool climate wine region, these local vineyards produce award-winning wines.

If you’re planning your first-ever wine tasting trip, or are an experienced sampler, you may have a few questions:

How does wine tasting work?

The server typically gives some background on the vineyard, their grapes, and will guide you through each wine you’ll be tasting.  Often a charcuterie, or something similar, accompanies the wine.

What are the benefits of wine tasting tours?

Besides being fun, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience new wines.  After all, you’re tasting, not committing to buying a bottle of everything that you sip.  However, if you really enjoy a particular wine, you can purchase a bottle right at the vineyard.

Is it true that you shouldn’t wear perfume, while taking a wine tasting tour?

There is no rule, but a big part of the experience is the aromas.  Strong perfume, aftershave or deodorant can compete with this.

Is there a proper method for sampling wine?

Wine tasting is supposed to be fun, and it’s not necessary to follow a particular method.  However, if you follow these steps, it can enhance your experience:

Look: Take a close look at the color, clarity, and overall appearance of the wine.

Swirl: Focus on the viscosity; more droplets sticking to the side means higher alcohol content.

Smell: Bring the glass to your nose and take in the aromas; think about what you smell and don’t smell, and anticipate what the wine will taste like.

Sip: Finally, take a sip, let it roll around in your mouth for a moment, and savor the taste.

In what order should you taste wine?

You should always start with sparkling wine, then a light crisp white wine.  Whites don’t have the same level of tannins as reds.  As a result, this leaves your palette primed for red wine.  Dessert wine would follow last.

Are there any private wine tasting tours in the Blue Mountain area?

Yes, you can Create Your Own Experience, and customize where you’d like to go with Blue Mountain & Collingwood Adventure Tours.

How much does a wine tasting cost?

Most wineries charge between $5 and $10 per person.  A wine tasting tour involves multiple wineries, usually food and transportation.  Costs range from approx. $149 to $216 per person in Canada.

Can you go wine tasting in winter?

Perhaps not in some regions, but you can in the South Georgian Bay area.  A popular winter activity is a Vineyard Snowshoe & Wine tour.

Is there a wine tasting etiquette?

Holding the glass by the stem is a must.  Holding it by the bowl increases the temperature, which hinders your ability to taste the wine, plus it obstructs your view.

If you’re planning a bachelorette party, or in need of a getaway not too far from home, the Collingwood area is an ideal destination.  Discover and taste local wines, when you book with Blue Mountain & Collingwood Adventure Tours.




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