Centered around an open-flame grill and décor by emerging Canadian artists, Backhouse provides a rustic-yet-refined dining experience led by Chef Ryan Crawford’s farm-to-table ethos. Order the Tawse Estate Vineyards Chardonnay, a wine that illuminates its terroir, to pair with the “cool-climate cuisine.”
Owner and Sommelier James Treadwell offers local, seasonal fare along with an extensive list of Niagara wines. The selection is remarkable, with particular attention given to small producers and sustainable growing efforts. Try Flat Rock’s Riddled, a sparkler demonstrating the excitement that surrounds the Peninsula’s burgeoning category.
Hidden Bench Estate Winery
Hidden Bench has captured the terroir of its organic vineyards in the Beamsville Bench VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance, Canada’s regulated appellation system) since it was founded back in 2003. You can now experience the single-vineyard bottlings at its inviting barn-like tasting room. Just make sure not to leave without tasting the Locust Lane Pinot Noir.