Toast of the town: Cuvée returns to raise glass to excellence in Ontario wine  

The stage is set for the return of Ontario’s premiere celebration of VQA wine, bringing together winemakers and wine lovers to toast the thriving local industry. Hosted by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Cuvée is a weekend-long affair centred on the Grand Tasting, where Ontario winemakers will unveil their favourite selections.

The signature event — the largest of its kind — begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre in St. Catharines and features more than 30 VQA wineries showcasing close to 100 wines from Ontario’s top winemakers. The selections are paired with gourmet cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs at 10 live cooking stations.

The Grand Tasting is followed by Après Cuvée, where guests can dance the night away with live music from Jonesy and enjoy a selection of local craft brews, ciders, sparkling wine and Icewine. Special hotel room rates, in limited supply, are available to guests through the Cuvée website.

Cuvée Manager Barb Tatarnic said the last time the Grand Tasting was held in person in 2019, the event drew a record crowd of nearly 900 guests.

While the Grand Tasting is a highlight, Cuvée also runs from March 29 to 31 with its Cuvée en Route passport program. Guests can visit participating Niagara wineries and taste exclusive wines only available to en Route passport holders.

For more information or to purchase Cuvée Grand Tasting tickets or en Route passports, visit