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.
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:
“OUR WINES ARE AN EXPRESSION OF OUR LOVE AND DEDICATION TO THE LAND AND OUR FAMILY – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.”
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.