Bringing the city to the vineyard

Brock grads learning about grape growing in the vineyard

Brock grads learning about grape growing in the vineyard

Driving along the QEW into Niagara often stirs that ‘coming home’ nostalgia for Brock graduates. After all, over 80 000 alumni have graduated from the University, and many call Niagara home during their time at Brock. Now, as graduates, the drive into Niagara has another landmark to note – the wineries.

While undergraduate students have typically not been known for their discerning tastes – more likely to drink Spumonti Bambino than Bordeaux – the Niagara region also has much to offer for those with more refined palates and quality over quantity.

During this year’s Homecoming celebrations in September, we plan to bring alumni ‘home’ to Niagara’s wine country. On Sunday, September 22, shuttle buses will leave from Toronto, Burlington, and right here in Niagara to take graduates on a tour of three beautiful wineries in the Twenty Valley region with stops at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, Thirty Bench Winery, and Hernder Estate Winery where guests will also enjoy lunch. describes the Twenty Valley (the towns of Beamsville, Vineland & Jordan) as “rural yet sophisticated;” one minute you’re driving alongside farmland, the next, you’re passing a vineyard nestled at the base of the Escarpment.

drinking wineCome join us on this exciting Homecoming tour as we “bring the city to the vineyard!” From a “boutique” winery like Thirty Bench Winery, to a property boasting a 60 year tradition of grape growing and Niagara’s only covered bridge at Hernder Estates to a winery rich with history, and whose namesake lived on the land during the late 18th century at Henry of Pelham.

For more information, and to register for the tour, visit

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