With classic and non-alc options by Leitz Wines, Vineland Estates Winery is the ideal and picturesque place for the vineyard wedding of your dreams.

You can almost picture it. The vineyards in the background, beautifully decorated, surrounded by nature everywhere you look as you walk down the aisle, a vineyard wedding can be an idyllic expression of love for both wine aficionados and those that picture their big day with a bucolic backdrop. Indeed, a vineyard wedding can be the perfect setting for a unique and unforgettable wedding celebration. With endless rows of grapevines and rolling hills, vineyards offer a natural beauty and romantic ambiance that is hard to find in other wedding venues.

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However, let’s be honest, planning a wedding can be stressful. Even the best wine professionals can find it hard to satisfy everyone on the invite list, especially when choosing the perfect wine to serve your guests. While classic wines are a traditional choice for weddings, many couples are now looking to offer non-alcoholic options to cater to guests who prefer not to drink or have dietary restrictions. On top of having the perfect venue, crafting an inclusive wedding is possible in Ontario’s wine country when booking at Vineland Estates

Vineland wedding

In the wine country of the Niagara Peninsula, a wedding at Vineland Estates can be a beautiful and unforgettable experience. With careful planning and attention to detail, you can create a wedding celebration that reflects your unique style and personality while taking advantage of the stunning vineyard setting. 

Situated on the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment with Lake Ontario in the backdrop, Vineland Estates is often referred to as Ontario’s most picturesque winery. As you drive past the winery’s famed St. Urban vineyard in full bloom, grapes hanging off the vine, and enter the stone clade winery, this space promises and delivers an intimate venue perfect for sharing this significant milestone with friends and loved ones. With Vineland’s portfolio of over 30 plus their offering of Leitz Zero Wines, you are covered from the toast to the final course and everything in between. 

Making your big day more inclusive for everyone involved is more manageable than expected. There is no need to treat non-acl options differently than classic full-strength wines. It is all about pairing for the right moments of your big day. There are a few rules of thumb. Ensure non-alc and traditional wine styles are available throughout the day’s festivities. Have options ready to be served for the main meal courses; make it as simple as possible, where guests can have options for both red and white in either wine style. And finally, open the floor to new experiences; good wine is good wine, non-alc or classic. Encourage your guests to try all your wine selections throughout the day.  

Toast The Day With Sparkling Wines Ready To Be Popped

Cheers to the newlyweds! The wedding toast is a special moment during the reception where the newlyweds raise a glass to thank their guests and celebrate their marriage. Sparkling wine is a must for this moment of celebration. A symbol of joy and exuberance that can be the perfect moment to share in the life you are building with family and friends. 

Pop those bottles and get everyone in on toasting to you and your love by serving up some Vineland Estates Sparkling Chardonnay alongside the delicious zero-proof Leitz Sparkling Rosé!

Filled with bosc pear, lemon zest, and mutsu apple aromas, the Vineland Estates Sparkling Chardonnay is a 100% Chardonnay wine done in Charmat Method. Bringing a complexity of flavour to the glass that is spirited and vibrant. Light and lifted, this wine has a creamy mousse and a long palate. Indeed a quality wine that delivers some pleasant surprises with every sip.

A Rosé Sparkling wine without the ABV kick, the Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Sparkling Rosé is a Pinot Noir made and alcohol-free wine that is a refreshing sparkler made for this celebratory moment. This wine has a summer feel, showing off aromas of red fruits, rose hips, and an expressive minerality. Bright and lean with mineral notes on the palate, this wine’s structure will keep you coming back for another glass to toast the newlyweds again and again. 

Perfect Pairings For The Meal To Match Your New Beginnings

When it comes to planning a wedding, choosing the right menu is essential to ensure that your guests are well-fed and satisfied. While the menu can vary based on your preferences and wedding theme, the Vineland Estates Restaurant, headed by Executive Chef George Ward, has got you covered. From veg dishes to seafood or meat-heavy options, George and his team craft elegant plates that will match perfectly to your day of celebration and the wines to pair alongside what you serve.

As part of the Vineland wedding menu options, delicious seafood choices like Citrus Cured Rainbow Trout and Oysters on the Half Shell. Each dish is known for having a delicate flavour and tender texture. Done with season accompaniments Chef George and his team make some stellar scallops to enjoy, ideally to be paired with a great bottle of Riesling to match. Seafood options are a popular wedding choice, particularly for couples looking to serve an elegant, sophisticated, and lighter option for their special day.

The acidity in Riesling wines makes them an excellent match for such delicate flavours. Keeping that classic brightness in the glass but done no-alc in style, the Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Riesling is a modern German Riesling done in an off-dry style. Filled with notes of citrus fruits, rhubarb, red apples and an underlying mineral base. This wine leads with its acidity and finishes drier than you might expect.

On the Vineland side of the offering, the Bo.Teek Vineyard Riesling is an expression of Ontario’s terroir that perfectly matches this seafood dish style. The Bo-Teek vineyard is known for its unique terroir, characterized by stony, mineral-rich soils that contribute to the complexity and depth of the wines produced from this site. And this comes through in the wine, showing aroma notes of mango, melon, apricot, tart lemon and rocky mineral notes, complemented by a palate with a hint of sweetness and a crunchy and fresh acidity to match.

For the meat eaters in attendance, there are always lots of options to choose from. Beef, chicken, pork, duck and more are all options at the Vineland table. The big question is what you will be pairing with the course. Pinot Noir is a versatile wine that can pair well with various meat dishes due to its moderate tannins, bright acidity, and complex fruit flavours. Ontario Cabernet Franc is also a versatile wine, although one that strikes bolder on the palate and expresses rich fruit flavours, more robust tannins and finishes in a lifted and bright style. Both wine styles are ideal if you plan to make wine selections for the wedding day that match many tastes and the dishes you have selected for the big day.

Encourage your guests to try both options. For a lighter feel, the new Leitz Zero-Point-Five Pinot Noir offers an alcohol-free expression of the grape that doesn’t compromise on flavour. Filled with notes of red currant, cherries and earthy undertones, you will experience a wine with an embedded tannins structure and an elegant dry finish upon sipping. For a bolder pairing, the Vineland Estate Legacy Cabernet Franc is a magnum bottled wine that genuinely delivers flavour. Done with 100% Cabernet Franc from the Vineland Estate Legacy Block Vineyard, this wine is complex and soulful with notes of bold red and black fruits, oak spice and deep mineral characteristics and rings bold on the palate, too, with a long finish. This wine has been ten years in the making. This wine represents the legacy of a vineyard, the eternal story of winemaking passion that is an ideal wine selection to make the new life and legacy you and your life partner are creating together.

Create the wedding of your dreams and the wines to pair your day of celebration at Ontario wine country’s Vineland Estates Winery. With their estate-made wines and Leitz Zero Wines selections, you can craft an experience that marks your milestone with the care and intention you deserve.

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