Lincoln is a town in the Niagara Peninsula. It is a mostly rural town, but also encompasses the towns of Beamsville and Vineland and other smaller communities. It is best known for its dozens of wineries.
Located off the QEW between Grimsby and St. Catharines, this town is reached easily by taking the Ontario St. Beamsville exit. Beamsville can also be reached via the old number 8 highway, a scenic drive that follows a traditional Native American trail and trade route. Beamsville is about an hour's drive from Toronto, and 30 minutes from the U.S. border.
There are regional bus connections to Beamsville via Coach Canada and Greyhound but in order to see the various attractions in and around this location it's best to rent a car in Hamilton or St. Catharines, the closest cities.
Beamsville is especially gorgeous in the fall as it is situated on the government-protected Niagara Escarpment. Renting a bike and taking a ride can be extremely rewarding and entertaining.
Beamsville is located in the heart of wine country and the "Beamsville Bench" appellation is home to some exceptional wineries that are well worth a visit. Many of Beamsville's wineries are smaller and less touristy than their well-known cousins around Niagara on the Lake. Most offer tastings and have wine shops open year-round.
- Angels Gate Winery, 4260 Mountainview Road, +1 905 563-3942 or 1-877-ANG-GATE, . Lunch is served on the patio W-Su 11AM -4PM until Oct 7, 2007 (reservations recommended). Retail store open daily. Tours by appointment only.
- De Sousa Wine Cellars, 3753 Quarry Road, +1 905 563-7269, . Daily (May - October), Sa-Su (November - April). Call for hours and tour information. Winemaking and tasting in the Portuguese tradition. Ice wine available.
- EastDell Estate Winery, 4041 Locust Lane, (905) 563-9463, . On-site restaurant offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch with a view of the vineyards and Lake Ontario (reservations recommended). Wine shop and tasting bar open daily from 11AM-5PM.
- Fielding Estate Winery, 2020 Locust Lane, +1 905 563-0668 or 1 888-778-7758, . Family-run, and the lodge has a nice view over the vineyards. Tours daily at 10:30AM, 1:30PM and 3:30PM (May through October). $5 per person. Retail store open daily 10:30AM - 6PM (May to October), 10:30AM - 5:30PM (November to April). Ice wine available.
- Daniel Lenko Wines, 5246 #81 Highway, +1 905 563-7756, . Tours and tastings by appointment. A good chance to experience a small producer (tastings take place in the family kitchen!).
- Legends Estate Winery, 4888 Ontario Street North, (905) 563-6500, . Open daily. Tours and tastings by appointment.
- Malivoire Wine Company, 4260 King St. East, +1 905 563-9253, . The tasting room is open M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa-Su 11AM-6PM (May 19 - October 8, 2007), closing at 5PM outside these dates. Excellent Gamays and ice wines. Check for info on helping with the ice wine harvest.
- Maplegrove Vinoteca Estate Winery, 4063 North Service Road, +1 905 856-5700.
- Mountain Road Wine Company, 4016 Mountain Road, +1 905 563-0745, . Tasting bar and wine shop open M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su and holidays 11AM-5PM. Ice wine available.
- Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery, 5600 King Street, +1 905 563-9830 or 563-0900. . On-site restaurant. Walking tour of the winemaking facilities, underground barrel cellar and vineyard daily at 11:30AM. $5. Retail hours daily, 10AM-6PM (May through October), 10AM-5:30PM (November through April).
- Thirty Bench Vineyard and Winery, 4281 Mountainview Road, +1 905 563-1698, . Su-F 11AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-6PM. Known for their Rieslings. One-on-one custom tastings, daily tours of the vineyards, and yummy booze-filled chocolates.
- Thomas & Vaughan, 4245 King Street, +1 905 563-7737, . W-Su, 11AM-4PM. Free self-guided tours of the vineyards and guided tours and tastings for $3-$6.
Other things to do include:
- Ball's Falls Conservation Area. Victoria Avenue (Highway 24) south to Regional Road 24, where you turn east and travel to Ball's Falls, . Ball's Falls are very impressive in the spring when water levels are high, less so in late summer. Guided tours of the remains of the nearby 19th century industrial hamlet are available in the summer, and the conservation area also features hiking with access to the Bruce trail, plus cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. $3.50 entrance fee.
- The Beamsville Strawberry Festival, Beamsville Fairgrounds, , is held annually in mid-June with contests, bed-racing, an art show, and fireworks.
Buy some local wine to share with friends and family upon your return. The wineries listed above all have retail stores on-site and most are open year-round.
You can also pick-your-own fruits at some of the farms in the area from about June to October. It's best to call first to see what's in season.
- Life's a Peach Farm, 4435 Bartlett Rd, +1 905 563-0406, offers apples, cherries, grapes, pears, prepicked produce and uses organic farming methods. Cash only.
- Koornneef's PYO Berries, 5318 Greenlane Road (between Mountainview Rd. and Lincoln Ave.), +1 905 563-1959, . Closed Sundays. Pick-your-own strawberries mid-June to mid-July.
Many bed & breakfasts operate within and around Beamsville and they are in general cheaper than those found in Niagara on the Lake.
- Schaferhof Bed & Breakfast, 2746 Moyer Street, R.R. # 3, Fenwick, 1-905-562-4929, . 20km from Niagara Falls, in the heart of the Niagara region's wine country. They speak German.
Interesting places nearby include:
- Niagara Falls - for the Falls, of course
- Niagara on the Lake - quaint, historic town with great little shops, restaurants, and (in the summer) the Shaw theatre festival
- Toronto - Ontario's busy and multicultural capital
- Buffalo, New York
This page was last edited at 04:41, on 27 March 2009 by Wikitravel user Shaund. Based on work by James Yolkowski, Nick Roux and Ricardo, Wikitravel user(s) Titania and Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel.