Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was forced to forgo his quest for the mythical land of wine after an accidental tumble into the fountain of youth left him eternally underage. Take up his abandoned journey with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a wine tour of the Niagara Wine Belt for one person (a $150 value, including HST) from Lincoln Limo & Cab in Niagara Falls. This Groupon also includes a two-for-one coupon valid on any future tour with Lincoln Limo & Cab.
Lincoln Limo & Cab whisks fermentation fans away in a shuttle bus built for 30 on a four-hour guided tour of the Niagara area, which brims with verdant vineyards and vino-serious wineries. Excursions take you through a series of guided tours and free tastings at four vintners, beginning with samplings at Caroline Cellars Winery and Dionysian disco by an antique jukebox, followed by barrel room samplings at Reif Estate Winery. Vine voyagers then set a course for Pondview Estate Winery before a final pause at the boutique and tasting bars of Riverview Cellars Winery.
Dessert wine connoisseurs rejoice in Reif Estate's award-winning 2002 Vidal Icewine or the earthy tones of a 2002 cabernet merlot and enjoy the tactile temptations in the outdoor sensory gardens. Wine-drinking naturalists can enjoy picturesque views of Niagara River and traditional grape herders at work while sipping on a glass of Riverview Cellars' Gold award-winning 2009 gewürztraminer. Gather oenophiles and grape-loving frenemies to enjoy round trip transportation to and from the wineries. Pick-up options, to be scheduled along with the tour, include Niagara's Fallsview Casino Resort (between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) and Niagara-on-the-Lake's Fort George (around 12:50 p.m.) or may be arranged directly from the hotels on Lundy's Lane and Niagara Parkway.