To be at their very best, grapes require a warm, dry climate with mild winters and little rainfall—coincidentally, a climate that also tends to appeal to humans. As a result, a concentration of vineyards is generally a sign that the surrounding area is a particularly pleasant one to live in. And of course, the presence of excellent local wines only sweetens the deal. Canada plays host to a number of noted wine regions, all of which boast homes—and vintages—of the highest calibre.

Dream Homes: Wine Country

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 456 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 456 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 456 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 456 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 456 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Iconic Georgian Home, Niagara Wine Region, Ontario

Over the past century, this iconic home on a 2.15-acre lot in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake has been home to doctors, lawyers, Supreme Court justices, and local politicians. Lovingly restored and expanded by the present owners, the property comprises four buildings: a main residence, entertaining pavilion, coach house, and conservatory. Full-length windows and French doors open onto a series of terraces and walkways, inviting the breezes in. With its fountains, formal gardens, sweeping staircases, chandeliers, and pool, this elegant home encourages entertaining on a grand scale.

Should you ever choose to leave the grounds, the excellent Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club (the oldest course on the continent) is just across the street, and nearby wineries include Peller Estates, Jackson-Triggs, and Two Sisters, among many others.

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Dream Homes: Wine Country

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 1075 Westside Rd, West Kelowna, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 1075 Westside Rd, West Kelowna, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 1075 Westside Rd, West Kelowna, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 1075 Westside Rd, West Kelowna, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 1075 Westside Rd, West Kelowna, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Contemporary Lakefront Masterpiece, Okanagan Wine Region, British Columbia

Clean, modern architecture and sweeping views await at this luxurious waterfront home on Lake Okanagan. The open-floor-plan house was built with finer living in mind: craft gourmet meals in the chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry; style your perfect look in the master suite’s dressing room closet; spread your morning routine across the ensuite’s his and hers vanity and makeup counter; and soak up complete relaxation in the spa tub with a view.

Dozens of world-class wineries await just minutes away, including Mission Hill, Quails’ Gate, and the Indigenous World Winery. Enjoy a tasting tour of all that the region has to offer, and return with a bottle or two to savour by the fireplace on the glass-front patio.

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Dream Homes: Wine Country

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 2913 Côte St-Charles, Saint-Lazare, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 2913 Côte St-Charles, Saint-Lazare, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 2913 Côte St-Charles, Saint-Lazare, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 2913 Côte St-Charles, Saint-Lazare, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 2913 Côte St-Charles, Saint-Lazare, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Historic Manor Home, Montérégie Wine Region, Québec

Welcome to Forest Manor, set on 40 acres of land in Québec’s Montérégie wine region. This stunning 1912 residence was designed for lawyer and author Eugene Lafleur by influential brother-led architecture firm E. & W. S. Maxwell. Known for the outstanding quality of their craftsmanship, the Maxwell brothers designed homes for some of Québec’s most notable families.

The stone-clad principal residence features charming, classic finishings, all bathed in natural light from the many generous windows. Outdoors, enjoy a stroll in the extensive forested grounds, which include a tennis court, swimming pool, and six-car garage—or head out to enjoy the bounties of regional wineries, including Le Vignoble Côte de Vaudreuil and La Romance du Vin.

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Dream Homes: Wine Country

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 814 Rue Main, Hudson, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 814 Rue Main, Hudson, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 814 Rue Main, Hudson, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 814 Rue Main, Hudson, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 814 Rue Main, Hudson, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Expansive Hudson Estate, Montérégie Wine Region, Québec

While exploring Montérégie, don’t miss this palatial home on the Lake of Two Mountains. Featuring six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and a six-car garage, this custom-built masterpiece takes advantage of every view available along its grassy waterfront acreage. Curl up in the master bedroom with your own fireplace, primp in the secluded dressing room, and entertain guests in this property’s expansive library, games room, or home theatre.

Call ahead and cross the river to taste the viticultural bounty at Vignoble d’Oka, and supplement your bottles with local apples, berries, and honey from Le Verger de Hudson, a nearby natural farm. After your excursion, retreat to your sprawling estate: with wine in hand and a relaxing indoor pool and spa at your disposal, you may never need to leave.

Canadians have been producing wine for over 200 years, and the results grow ever more impressive. And, though it may not have been their aim, those generations of winemakers have also provided a way to identify some of the most comfortable climates in the country. From Vancouver Island and the Okanagan through to Niagara, wine country is home to incredible properties (and varietals) to suit any taste.

Has wine country whet your appetite for palatial retreats? Browse the best of Canada’s extraordinary estates, and plan your next elevated weekend away.

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