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August 24, 2023

Your Harvest Headquarters

September brings all sorts of harvest happenings to Niagara, including end-of-summer celebrations, the Niagara Wine Festival, and a wide assortment of engaging winery experiences. Set on the edge of a vineyard, just a stone’s throw from world-class wineries, Riverbend Inn offers our guests a front-row seat to Niagara’s autumn excitement! Here are some fun activity options to add to your September stay. 

End of Summer Vineyard Dinner 

Our talented Oaklands Restaurant Chef Andrew MacNeil and Peller Estates Executive Chef Jason Parsons are putting the finishing touches on a sumptuous three-course tasting menu showcasing Niagara’s seasonal bounty for an unforgettable family-style sunset feast on Friday, September 8th. The experience includes a sparkling wine reception and hand-selected VQA wines paired with each course. Reserve your space. 

Niagara Wine Festival 

From the Discovery Pass touring program, which offers passport holders exclusive wine and food pairings at their choice of six Niagara wineries, to the incomparable atmosphere at the Montebello Park Wine and Culinary Village, the Niagara Wine Festival brings three weekends of wine-themed fun across Niagara from September 8th through September 24th. Learn more

myWineCountry Tour 

For wine lovers looking to take their Niagara knowledge to the next level, our myWineCountry Tour offers an unforgettable journey through the vineyards and tasting rooms of some of Niagara’s most celebrated wineries, including Peller Estates, Trius Winery, and Wayne Gretzky Estates. 

Journey Beyond The Vines Experience 

Walk through the vineyard to Peller Estates for an informative one-hour experience that will teach you all about Niagara’s proud history of grape growing. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a mimosa made with local ingredients, three premium wine samples and a tasty snack to help fuel your stroll through the vines. 

Artisanal Bites & Wine Delights at Trius 

Enjoy Chef Frank Dodd’s incredible culinary creations paired with exquisite Trius wines in this all-new fall experience. Savour four sensational kitchen snacks, like Hewitt’s Farm Whipped Goat’s Cheese with Icewine Beet Jam and Blushing Strawberry Macarons, alongside sips from some of the very best bottles at Trius Winery. 

Book your fall getaway now and experience Niagara as the community comes together to celebrate autumn’s arrival. 

August 23, 2023

Experience the Vibrant Spirit of Fall in Niagara-on-the-Lake

As summer bids farewell, Niagara-on-the-Lake will soon awaken in a blaze of autumn colors, beckoning visitors to revel in the splendor of the season. At Riverbend Inn & Vineyard, we invite you to join us for a spectacular fall getaway filled with unforgettable events and cherished moments. 

Immerse yourself in the world of wine during the much-anticipated Niagara Wine Festival. Set amidst the picturesque backdrop of Niagara Wine Country, this celebration of viticulture showcases the finest wines crafted by our local vineyards. Indulge in wine tastings, vineyard tours, and delectable food pairings that exemplify the region's culinary prowess. Experience the passion and artistry behind winemaking as you sample a diverse selection of wines, each with its own distinct character. 

Fall in Niagara-on-the-Lake is not just about wine—it's a season of cultural richness. Explore the charming streets of the town, where boutique shops, art galleries, and antique stores beckon with hidden treasures. Immerse yourself in history by visiting the town's historic sites and landmarks, transporting yourself to a bygone era. 

The Shaw Festival sets the stage for captivating theater performances during the fall season. Lose yourself in the magic of live performances as talented actors bring timeless classics and contemporary works to life. From poignant dramas to side-splitting comedies, the Shaw Festival offers a diverse array of productions that will leave you spellbound. 

Embrace the beauty of nature as you traverse the scenic hiking trails and parks that surround Niagara-on-the-Lake. Witness the breathtaking transformation of vineyards and orchards as they paint the landscape with hues of gold and crimson. Take a leisurely bike ride along the idyllic Niagara Parkway or enjoy a serene horse-drawn carriage tour through the enchanting countryside. 

At Riverbend Inn & Vineyard, we invite you to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of fall in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Experience the fusion of nature, culture, and culinary delights that make this season truly magical. Whether you're savoring the region's finest wines, attending captivating theater performances, or exploring the breathtaking scenery, fall in love with the charm and elegance of our historic inn. 

Book your unforgettable fall getaway at Riverbend Inn & Vineyard and create cherished memories in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Delight in the symphony of colors, the warmth of the local community, and the enchantment that pervades the air during this special time of year. Let the spirit of fall embrace you as you indulge in the abundant pleasures that await. 

July 14, 2023

Ansley Sparkling Terrace Secrets

If you’ve visited us at Riverbend during the summer season, there’s a very good chance you’ve already experienced the pure bliss of soaking up one of Niagara’s most picturesque vineyard views. The Ansley Sparkling Terrace, however, offers so much more than just a pretty view! Here are a few insider secrets to keep in mind for your next visit.

Secret #1: A One-Stop Shop For Niagara’s Best Bubbles

Why drive from winery to winery in search of Niagara’s most celebrated sparkling wines when you can sip an award-winning selection on one picture-perfect patio? Current choices on our sparkling menu include Trius Brut Rosé, Peller Estates Signature Series Ice Cuvée, and 13th Steet Winery’s Grand Cuvée Blanc de Noir, 2016.

Secret #2: Best-In-Class Bubbles Inspire Incredible Sparkling Cocktails

The bubbles at our bar offer endless inspiration for our expert mixologists! Sip on the Sparkling Icewine Cocktail, a harmonious blend of Peller Estates Cabernet Franc Icewine, Trius Brut, and a luscious Amareno Cherry. Try the refreshing Sweet Pear Fizz, featuring Spirit in Niagara Pear Eau De Vie, pear nectar, and Trius Brut. Indulge in the Empress 75, a captivating concoction of Empress Gin, zesty lemon juice, and Trius Brut.

Secret #3: Just The Right Bites To Pair With Your Bubbly

From briny oysters on the half shell to citrusy marinated olives and succulent shrimp cocktail, our culinary team has created a carefully curated menu of shareable plates that will elevate your sparkling wine experience to an all-new level.

Secret #4: An Homage To Our History

Our Sparkling Terrace is named after the Ansley sisters, whose visionary spirit continues to inspire. In 1927, the sisters transformed this very property into a school for young boys with disabilities, creating a nurturing environment for their mental and social development. The warmth and love these dedicated women shared with those in their care echoes through time.

Plan A Sparkling Summer Stop

Whether you’re spending the night at Riverbend Inn, joining us for a relaxed meal or stopping by for a drink, discover the secrets of the Ansley Sparkling Terrace for yourself during your next visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

P.S. Follow us on social media for exclusive updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Ansley Sparkling Terrace @RiverbendInnNOTL.

June 7, 2023

Bring On Lunch

As the thermometer rises with the onset of summer, a leisurely lunch on the Riverbend patio is a great way to enjoy an outdoor meal before the mid-day heat hits. Our culinary team prides itself on having a lunch option for every palate and personality.

For Crack-of-Dawn Diners

For those who just can’t wait until mid-morning for their first meal of the day, Riverbend’s Oaklands Restaurant begins serving its breakfast menu at 8:30 am. Fuel up with our Wine Country Breakfast, which includes your preferred style of farm eggs, hash browned potato, sourdough toast and your choice of sausage, streaky bacon or marinated tofu.

For Sweet-Treat Seekers

Our Brioche French Toast is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, thanks to a generous topping of Icewine-macerated berries, maple syrup and vanilla Chantilly cream.

For Spirited Sippers

Any time after 9 am, our Oaklands Restaurant serving staff will be pleased to bring you a Mimosa made with Trius Brut or Peller Estates Ice Cuvée or a savoury Riverbend Caesar. We also offer decadent specialty coffees and teas showcasing a range of spirits and liqueurs from Wayne Gretzky Estates.

For The Sleep-In Set

Breakfast ends at 10:30 am, but lunch begins at 11:30 am and there are several selections on our lunch menu, like oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, mushrooms on toast and our decadent Pacific Crab Cake Benny, that are ideal for diners looking for a later-morning or early-afternoon brunch.

Make a reservation to join us for a beautiful summer lunch

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April 6, 2023

Niagara Cherry Linzer Tart with Brown Butter Ice Cream

Rossco's Linzer Dough Ingredients
1 lb softened butter
5 hard-boiled egg yolks, sieved
½ cup + 1 tbsp ground almonds
½ cup + 1 tbsp icing sugar
2 tbsp dark rum
3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg

Niagara Cherry Jam Ingredients
3 cups Niagara cherries, pitted and sliced in half
2 cups granulated sugar
4 tsp fresh lemon juice

To make the jam, combine all ingredients in a stainless saucepan and mash the cherries with the back of a spoon. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a stand mixer, whip the butter, egg yolks, almonds, icing sugar, and rum together until cohesive, light, and fluffy. Sift the dry ingredients and then slowly fold into the whipped mixture, incorporating fully. Divide the dough into two batches and chill slightly. Once chilled, roll between two pieces of parchment paper until ¼ inch thick. Line tart molds with the dough and fill with cooled fruit jam (raspberry is traditional if you don’t want to use cherry). Lattice the top of the tarts with strips of dough. Bake 350°F until golden brown and serve with a scoop of Brown Butter Ice Cream.

Brown Butter Ice Cream
1 L 35% cream
1 cup sugar
12 egg yolks
2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
½ cup browned butter

Simmer cream with split vanilla beans. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar and egg yolks until you reach the ribbon stage. Temper the warm cream into egg mixture and return to clean, non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil and then fold in browned butter. Strain and chill overnight before spinning in an ice cream maker. Freeze until ready to serve.

March 23, 2023

Discover Niagara’s Top Patios

Our four Niagara estates and Riverbend Inn & Vineyard feature a handful of incredible patios that serve up everything from sharing plates to lobster linguine. It’s time to kick back and relax with a glass of wine or hand crafted cocktail in hand and enjoy the vineyard views. With so many amazing patio options, the hardest part of planning an afternoon escape can be deciding which one to choose. This helpful roundup makes it easier to choose the right patio for your next Niagara escape. And don’t forget, an afternoon of hopping from one patio to the next is always encouraged! Peller Estates is a quick bike ride from Riverbend Inn and there’s a walking trail between Trius and Wayne Gretzky Estates to make scenic strolling a breeze!

The Whisky Bar Patio at Wayne Gretzky Estates

The Vibe: Happy hour doesn’t get more Canadian than this expansive patio that offers the perfect perch for taking in everything that’s going on at The Great One’s estate.

Insider Tip: Pair one of our beverages with Chef Desharnais’ casual comfort foods that proudly showcase the region’s farm-to-table flavours.

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The Winery Restaurant Patio at Peller Estates

The Vibe: Fresh air on your face, Chef Parsons’ freshly picked garden veggies turned into magical dishes on your plate, a meal on this patio is pure farm-to-table elegance.

Insider Tip: If you’re a Wine Club member, don’t forget to show your membership card for a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. That’s just one of the many perks you can enjoy at our estates!

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Trius Winery Restaurant Patio

The Vibe: Enjoy Chef Dodd’s delicious all-day menu served sunny side up at an outdoor table with a vineyard view.

Insider Tip: We highly recommend reserving a spot at one of their Summer Supper Series dinners on the covered walkway.

The Beer Garden at Wayne Gretzky Estates

The Vibe: Outdoor pool tables, ping pong tables and bocce ball courts make this the ultimate escape for patio dwellers who are game for games.

Insider Tip: The Beer Garden also serves up icy No Boats on Sunday cider and Wayne Gretzky Estates wines.

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Terrace Wine Bar at Peller Estates

The Vibe: Take in the scenic vineyard views and enjoy a relaxed backyard feel complete with picnic tables and fresh off the grill fare.

Insider Tip: Two words – Lobster Poutine.

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The Oaklands Patio

The Vibe: Enjoy dining al fresco while being mesmerized by the vineyard views and beautiful sunsets.

Insider Tip: Enjoy a leisurely 3-course afternoon lunch with wine pairings selected by our culinary team.

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Ansley Sparkling Terrace

The Vibe: The best spot to soak up the sun or watch the best sunsets in Niagara. Enjoy VQA sparkling wines, cocktails, and small sharable plates. The perfect pre or post-dinner spot or afternoon pick me up.

Insider Tip:  Select a fancy sparkling cocktail to sip in the sunshine.

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Picnic on the Bench

The Vibe: While not a patio, per se, the rolling lawn at Thirty Bench is an ideal place to relax at a picnic table with a glass of wine in hand and soak in the spectacular Lake Ontario view.

Insider Tip: Pick up a charcuterie box from inside the winery for a tasty selection of snacks to enjoy with your wine.

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February 2, 2023

Crepes and Icewine Cherries with Brown Butter Ice Cream

Chef Ross Midgley, Riverbend Inn

Brown Butter Ice Cream
1 L 35% cream
1 cup sugar
12 egg yolks
2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
1/2 cup butter

In a sauce pan, heat 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Once melted, keep swirling the pan; the butter will start to foam and you’ll see the colour turn light brown. Once it has browned it will have a nutty aroma. Set aside to cool.

In a sauce pot, simmer cream with split vanilla beans. In a glass or steel bowl, whisk sugar and egg yolks to ribbon stage. Temper the warm cream into egg mixture, starting with a small splash to warm up the eggs, then adding the rest of the cream. Return to a clean, non-reactive saucepan and bring to a boil. Fold in browned butter and mix well. Strain the mixture into a bowl and chill overnight before spinning in an ice cream machine.

Icewine Marinated Cherries
4 cups sour cherries, pitted
1 375mL bottle Peller Estates Icewine

In a non-reactive pot, slowly reduce Icewine and cherries until most of the liquid is absorbed. Allow to cool. Any left-over liquid should be reserved to sauce the crepes.

6 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
600 ml 10% cream
50 ml Gran Marnier

Mix all ingredients and whisk to consistency. Allow crepe batter to sit over night and then make thin crepes the following day, layering between parchment paper until ready to fill with cherries.

To assemble
Lay one crepe down, fill with Icewine cherries and roll. Serve with a scoop of brown butter ice cream and cherry liquid drizzled on top.

November 17, 2022

Riverbend is the Inn in Niagara

“It’s history, luxury and magical location is why the Riverbend Inn & Vineyard is the toast of Niagara’s wine region.”

– Marc Atchison, TraveLife Magazine

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November 3, 2022

Winter in Niagara Wine Country

Embrace the Canadian winter chill in Niagara Wine Country! Join us at the estates for holiday shopping and gifting services, cozy up by the fireplace during a romantic escape at Riverbend Inn, or enjoy the Icewine festival in both downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake and Jordan. There’s always something going on in Wine Country.

Visit or call our Wine Country Concierge at 1-888-510-5537 to plan your escape today.

The Rink at Wayne Gretzky Estates

Whether you’re a pro (like Wayne Gretzky), or lacing up for the first time in many years, visit the backyard rink at Wayne Gretzky Estates from mid-December to March. You can sip on a craft cocktail, chilled brew, glass of wine or spiked hot chocolate, and savour the winter food menu at The Whisky Bar Patio. The patio is heated to keep you comfortable during your meal. You’ll won’t want to miss Chef Desharnais’ two new winter menu items: a delicious shaved beef panini and ‘snowshoes’ (a crispy fried pastry with chocolate and cinnamon sugar).

Visit to learn more about our Community Skate Days, Date Night package, and DJ Nights on Saturdays.

Feature Rink Cocktail – The Rusty Skate

1.5 oz No.99 Red Cask Whisky
1 oz Wayne Gretzky Estates Old Fashioned simple syrup
1 oz Wayne Gretzky Estates Cherry Hibiscus simple syrup
¾ oz lemon juice

Niagara Icewine Festival

This month-long celebration in January offers a variety of different experiences for wine and food lovers. Purchase a discovery pass online at and enjoy several wine and food pairings along the wine route in both Niagara-on-the-Lake and Twenty Valley. You can also stroll through downtown Jordan Village and old town Niagara-on-the-Lake on the weekends to enjoy entertainment, wine, and food, attend the annual Icewine Gala at the Fallsview Casino, or an Icewine dinner at Peller Estates and Trius Winery.

Snowshoeing at Thirty Bench

If there’s snow on the ground on Saturday and Sunday, head to Thirty Bench in Beamsville for a snowshoe trek through the vineyard. You’ll be outfitted with equipment and coached on snowshoeing tips and tricks by an expert guide as you make your way through the snow-covered vineyard. You’ll also be treated to an outdoor tasting of Thirty Bench wines and a warm fireside snack to wrap up the experience. If Mother Nature doesn’t bring us enough snow, we’ll enjoy a winter hike in the vineyard.

This is an incredibly popular experience and reservations are required. Book online at

Winter Lounge at Peller Estates

Join us at Peller Estates on weekends from November to March for a Winter Lounge experience. This experience includes a seat for up to 5 guests around one of our firepits. Enjoy a glass of wine or our signature hot beverage in a souvenir glass/mug and Icewine marshmallow handmade by Chef Jason Parsons.

Romantic Retreat at Riverbend Inn

Stay with us at The Riverbend Inn & Vineyard this winter. Enjoy an intimate escape in one of our 21 uniquely designed guestrooms and suites, with surroundings of grandeur, magnificent amenities and service. Warm yourself in front of the fireplace and enjoy the scenic beauty from your window. Enjoy a delicious meal at The Oaklands restaurant prepared by Chef Ross Midgley and his culinary team. The Inn offers guests a complimentary tasting at neighbouring winery, Peller Estates, snowshoes for winter walks through the vineyards, and cozy outdoor firepits with wonderful vineyard views.

*Winter experiences are subject to change. Reservations are highly recommended. Visit or call our Wine Country Concierge at 1-888-510-5537 for more information.