To be at their very best, grapes require a warm, dry climate with mild winters and little rainfall—coincidentally, a climate that also tends to appeal to humans. As a result, a concentration of vineyards is generally a sign that the surrounding area is a particularly pleasant one to live in. And of course, the presence of excellent local wines only sweetens the deal. Canada plays host to a number of noted wine regions, all of which boast homes—and vintages—of the highest calibre.
Niagara Wine Region, Ontario
Niagara-on-the-lake is an iconic Canadian wine region, home to some of Canada’s oldest and most established wine producing vineyards. The work of pioneer winemakers in this region have postitioned Niagara-on-the-Lake as a premium wine growing region and helped propel Canada onto the world’s wine stage with Canada being the world’s largest producer of ice wine.
The region maintains a long standing history of winemaking and much more. The iconic Davy House in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake is an opportunity to be a part of the region’s history. Once an award-winning bed and breakfast, the Historic Davy House is now one of Niagara-on-the-Lakes most stunning private residences. Built approximately 150 years ago, the original Davy House was designed, in part, by a ship’s captain who envisioned the breakfast room’s expansive bay window as the bow of a ship. The breakfast room overlooks the most delightful garden imaginable, highlighted by a koi pond, waterfall and an immaculate swath of green – Davy House’s multi-hole putting green. A spacious great room opens to the home’s hot tub pavillion and leads to the 2-storey coach house.
Okanagan Wine Region, British Columbia
Clean, modern architecture and sweeping views await at this luxurious waterfront home on Lake Okanagan. The open-floor-plan house was custom built with finer living in mind: craft gourmet meals in the stone-clad kitchen; style your perfect look in the master suite’s dressing room closet; spread your morning routine across the ensuite’s his and hers vanity and makeup counter; and soak up complete relaxation in the spa tub with a view.
Being mindful of the stunning views and close proximity to world-class wineries, the estate was designed for hosting and entertaining guests after a day of wine tours and takes full advantage of the views from every area of the home. The luxury of a culinary kitchen which flows through large open doors out to the patio, where you’ll enjoy stunning views of Okanagan Lake and an outdoor kitchen- the perfect social atmosphere!
Dozens of world-class wineries await just minutes away, including Mission Hill, Quails’ Gate, and the Indigenous World Winery. Enjoy a tasting tour of all that the region has to offer, and return with a bottle or two to savour by the fireplace on the glass-front patio.
Montérégie Wine Region, Québec
Montérégie stretches out from Montréal and the Saint Lawrence River to the U.S. border, with its Richelieu River Valley distinguished by its orchards, vineyards, cider houses and maple syrup producers. The region is an opportunity to discover ice wines and ciders, certified organic red and white wines, wines aged in sandstone, and much more.
In this exclusive custom-built manor set on more than 41,200 square feet of land in Québec’s Montérégie wine region, you can showcase the unique, world-class local wines in an elegant glass cellar, which, in itself, acts as a centerpiece. The modern home embraces sunshine with large 2-storeys windows in the living space and the sun-soaked rooms continue into the dining area and kitchen. The entire home oozes with sophistication as elegant and luxurious as Montérégie wine.
Live Out the Vine Life in Okanagan Wine Region, BC
You could live in close proximity to one of Canada’s renowned wineries, or, you can live and operate your own. This world-class organic vineyard and bed and breakfast opportunity is a chance to live out your dreams of owning and producing your own wine and hosting wine tourists from around the world. The more than 5,300 square feet of living space features seven beds and 6+1 baths and comes with all furniture, linens, and kitchenwares. You and your guests can take full advantage of glorious Lake Osoyoos and mountain views while sipping homemade wine of Semillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle vines – homegrown on your own 2.5 acres.
Canadians have been producing wine for more than 200 years, and the results grow ever more impressive. And, though it may not have been their aim, those generations of winemakers have also provided a way to identify some of the most comfortable climates in the country. From Vancouver Island and the Okanagan through to Niagara, wine country is home to incredible properties (and varietals) to suit any taste.
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