Picture this: a gorgeous fall day, an Italian villa, stunning vistas of a winery, wine tastings and a delicious lunch served overlooking the vineyards. Now, what if we told you that this experience could be found just thirty minutes north of Toronto? That’s right! Gallucci Winery, a family run business, located in Whitchurch-Stouffville, will have you feeling as though you’ve just arrived in Italy.
Sample their award-winning wines, pair it with one of their antipasto boards and enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful property. Stock up on some of their wines – as these are only available on-site. Whitchurch-Stouffville is also home to Willow Springs Winery and Applewood Farm and Winery and is situated within what is considered an emerging wine region by Wine Country Ontario. Check out the full list of wineries within this region, and come discover these properties that are closer to Toronto than you might have thought!
From here, head north to King Cole Ducks and visit their farm fresh store. This farm is a leader in animal care and has been committed to sustainable, responsible farming for over 65 years. Come and discover the various ways to prepare duck. Fully-cooked and ready-made frozen are available on site if you’re not sure where to start. Inspirational recipes can be found on their website and seasonal cooking classes are offered throughout the year. Mark September 22, 2019 on your calendar and visit during their annual Duck Fest for a day filled with samples, prizes and fun.
Continue on to Newmarket, and head to Market & Co, located at Upper Canada Mall. This 40,000 square foot indoor fresh food market has everything you need to plan a perfect gathering of friends. Market & Co. combines your local baker, butcher, seafood market, produce, fromagerie, juicery and restaurants all under one roof. Stroll the aisles, smell the aromas, and sample the delicious freshness. Cooking classes are also available on site. Check out their schedule and plan ahead to get hands-on during your visit.
One final stop, if you like, is at Pine Farms Orchard for a freshly baked delicious apple pie! It’s on the way to Highway 400 but they close at 5pm, so keep an eye on that watch, if farm-fresh baked goodness is something you’re after!