Caroline Cellars: An Instagrammer’s Dream

In search of a cozy corner for a weekend lunch date, this week’s winery was chosen solely for its lunch menu, but was memorable because of its visual appeal.

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Caroline Cellars did not disappoint, looking as though it came straight out of a dreamy Pinterest board. Decorated in rustic barn board and strung with twinkling lights, the tasting bar and café are warm and inviting, with shelves that modestly display rows of wine bottles draped in awards and medals.

Photo by Allison Radcliffe

The family run winery maintains their homey atmosphere by displaying their sweet inspiration and background story throughout their store, website and wine bottles.

In 1978 as young adults, owners Rick and Frieda Lakeit purchased the vineyard with some help from Rick’s mother Caroline. Both coming from backgrounds in vineyards and winemaking, the duo eventually opened Caroline Cellars in 2002, naming the winery after Rick’s late mother. Their website explains:


The sentiment of family carries over to the tables of restaurant Farmhouse Café. Boasting a “fresh, homey and comforting menu” the restaurant uses home-grown, seasonal ingredients from local farmers and their own vegetable garden at the winery. With well-priced classic country meals such as a roast beef and brie poutine or their delicious buttermilk chicken sandwich, there’s something for everyone and for every wine.

A tasting at Caroline Cellars allows you to sample four wines from an extensive collection of whites, reds, and dessert wines.

After sampling the 2014 Farmer’s Riesling, 2015 Farmer’s Rosé, 2013 Farmer’s Merlot and the award winning 2010 Cabernet Franc, I left with a bottle of the 2014 Riesling and daydreams of the Rosé.

3 thoughts on “Caroline Cellars: An Instagrammer’s Dream

    1. Thanks, Cody! It’s been a great experience to get to discover some hidden gems 🙂 If you are ever looking for some recommendations, just let me know… I’d be happy to help!

  1. It is nice to read your posts! All of them. It is like you are reading some kind of magical story. Honestly, I do not like wine…. I can’t force myself to drink it, but I would like to develop taste to wine. Any suggestions with what to start?

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