There’s nothing more enjoyable than sleeping in on a weekend then heading out in the early afternoon in search of a restorative brunch. Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery offers one of Niagara on the Lake’s best breakfast offerings, packing out on weekends as local families keep cozy in a sun-soaked dining room that overlooks row upon row of lush vines.
If it’s your first visit to Ravine Vineyard start your itinerary by popping into the winery’s tasting room for a sampling of serious sips, from Cabernet Franc to Reserve Riesling. Afterwards stroll down the hall and shop through their boutique grocery, which features local cheeses, freshly baked bread, and a line of Ravine Vineyard’s own Lowrey Brothers preserve labels (from vanilla bean and bourbon Niagara peaches to simple pizza sauce).
Skip over to one of the best Niagara on the Lake winery restaurants and you’ll find a newly installed bar perfect for grabbing a pre-brunch craft cocktail. In 2016 cider fans rejoiced as Ravine launched its first program which currently bottles Lowrey Brothers Apple, Peach and Pear Cider. The peach cider tastes like “a Niagara summer in a glass,” a testament to the fact that the Ravine team source all their fruit from local farmers.
Once seated in the dining room, run your finger through the brunch menu and you’ll find fun twists on classics like the eggs bennie as well as inventive offerings such as beet and goat cheese salad tossed in curry vinaigrette, a fillet of salmon accompanied by crab grits, and a simple Monte Cristo prepared with house cured ham, egg dipped brioche, 5 brother gouda, and crunchy frites dipped in Ravine’s own old school ketchup.
Late Harvest | dry riesling, st germain, lemon, ravine brut sparkling
The Cannery | absinthe, gin, cointreau, lillet blanc, lemon, lowery bro’s honey bourbon peaches
The Woodruff Smoke | mezcal, sherry, lemon, pomegranate molases
Caesar | walter’s caesar mix, vodka, horseradish, spicy cacciatorini sausage, candied house made bacon, ravine spicy beans, lacto-fermented dill pickle
Cheese Board | smoked almonds, lowrey brothers strawberry lavender jam, zucchini relish, toasted walnut loaf crostini, 5 brothers gouda, triple cream brie, celtic blue reserve
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Harvest Beets and Goat’s Cheese Salad | baby arugula, roast shallot and curry vinaigrette, torched ontario goat’s cheese, rossco’s granola
Mushrooms on Toast | dre’s sourdough, sauteed mixed mushrooms, brandy-peppercorn cream
Ravine Monte Cristo | house cured ham, egg dipped brioche, 5 brother gouda, frites
Roast Ontario Harvest Pork Loin | cider and thyme stewed vegetables matignon, sweet potato croquette, toasted hazelnuts, pork jus
Salmon and Crab Grits | crab crusted keta salmon fillet, ontario corn grits, parsnip puree, fried leeks, parsley emulsion
Sticky Toffee Pudding | caramel sauce, poached pears, chantilly cream