If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumour mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon: for $49, you get one admission to a Niagara wine tour from LL&C Tours in Niagara Falls (a $130 value).
LL&C Tours harnesses a 24-passenger shuttle bus to transport passengers on guided expeditions through four picturesque wineries that spread themselves across the Niagara area. In the four-hour journey, sightseers sip free samples, take in vineyard scenery, and learn about a grape's journey from birth to bar mitzvah during guided behind-the-scenes tours. A stop at Caroline Cellars' rustic, wood-panelled premises earns guests four free samples of the cellar's audacious varieties. Then, a jaunt to Reif Estate Winery fills brains to the brim with a full-guided tour, after which guests test the 125-acre winery's award-winning vidal icewine. With about an hour set aside for touring and tasting at Reif Estate, visitors might find that the swanky mansion surroundings and finely groomed garden are ideal for taking snapshots, sniffing flowers, or high-fiving Mother Nature. The tour then proceeds to Pondview Estate Winery and Riverview Cellars, where grapeheads enjoy the view of the Niagara River while sampling the merchandise.
LL&C Tours' winery tours run through the fall, and Groupon purchasers can check the website for pick-up times. Passengers can take advantage of round-trip shuttle service, which scoops up wine tourists at any one of six locations in the hour before a tour begins.