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Found on TripAdvisor August 2nd, 2014

To start off Harvey our tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. He was a ball of energy which was very refreshing and put everyone in a great mood. Tour was great even though I am not a wine drinker. Loved seeing how everything was made.

Pondview winery was amazing and the best one we went to overall. The food plate was a great idea with the wine.

This tour was amazing recommend to anyone. Going in small or large groups.:)

Tee, Colborne Ontario

Taryn visited August 2014
Found on TripAdvisor July 22th, 2014

My husband and I were on this tour as part of our mini-honeymoon. We had a great time. Harvey was our guide. He had a great attitude - nice guy. He was very informative about the area and also told us some cool stories about his biking adventures. The staff at the wineries we visited were very knowledgeable as well. Personally I enjoyed the smaller wineries the best. The lunch at Oban was also very nice. I would certainly recommend this place for anyone wanting a wine tour that involves learning some stuff along the way:)

Melissa P visited July 2014
Found on TripAdvisor July 11th, 2014

I recently purchased tickets for the half day tour with Niagara Vintage Wine Tours. We had 6 people in our group and there were approximately 22 people all together. We had an awesome time on the tour and everything was easy from booking the trip to the time we were picked up at our hotel. Our driver/guide was Harvey and he had a great understanding of the region, as well as some history along the way. He was very friendly and ran a smooth trip. I would definitely book here again.

Nick M visited July 2014
Found on TripAdvisor June 27th, 2014

My husband and I visited many wine tours in different countries. And this tour has its own charm we nicely spent the day visiting the house wine .Special thanks to Harvey for the organization and good mood

Ribusya visited June 2014
Found on TripAdvisor June 18, 2014

First let me say that our tour guide Harvey was great!!! We toured Southbrook, Pillitteri, and Konzelman wineries. I would recommend Vintage wine tours. We visited on Father's Day...

Alisa L Blanchard visited June 2014
Found on TripAdvisor June 17th, 2014

My wife and I just got back from NOTL, on the Saturday we went on a wonderful wine tour. We were picked up at our hotel about noon and didn't return until about 445. It was a perfect afternoon. We stopped at three wineries in the area two smaller ones and one large one. Each stop consisted of a tour of the facility with samples of the wines of the winery. The first stop was at Pondview. We had a small lesson on what foods to match with what wine. It was great. Then off to Hinterbrook where we had a wonderful tour of this "green" winery. The last stop was at Pilliteri we had a full tour of the facility including the cellar and vineyard. It was a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. One of the best parts of the trip would have to be our Driver Harvey. He knew his stuff, he was funny and personable and made us all feel welcome. I would highly recommend this tour group to anyone going to the region. It was fantastic.

jhopp 1978 visited June 2014
Found on TripAdvisor April 28, 2014.

My husband and I did the wine tour this weekend and it was absolutely fantastic. We had 4 wineries scheduled but we had some extra time and our tour guide, Harvey, managed to squeeze an extra one in. We went to Riverview, Reif, Jackson Triggs, Pondview and Between the lines. All were amazing - especially Riverview. We had lunch at St. Charles Inn and it was very delicious.

Overall a fantastic experience. Thank you Harvey for a great day!

Aneta 123 visited April 2014
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Received Feb 16th, 2014

We just met Harvey last night at a local restaurant. My girlfriend and I were pondering a trip to wine country where I haven't been for many years. For some reason, I sensed that Harvey might be a good person to ask about the local wine scene. I guess I was right! lol He and his entourage were very engaging and helpful. Though I may never see Harvey again, I am happy to say I met the man, even if only for a point in the right direction!

John & Sandy
Amherst, NY
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“Niagara Wine Tour!” Reviewed on ‘Trip Advisor’ on 8 August 2012

My husband and I had been planning to take his parents on a wine tour for over a year now and finally decided a few months back to book it. We had previously toured with Niagara Vintage Wine Tours right after we got married in Aug 2010 as a quick honeymoon getaway before my husband started his surgical residency. We were truly impressed the first time around and decided that booking again with them was a no brainer.

We booked the Half Day Tour with Cheese Platter for 4. While we were on route to Niagara we received a call from the company saying that we had been placed in a private vehicle for the tour. What a nice surprise!! After receiving that call my in-laws were ecstatic that we would get to ride privately and have our own guide. We arrived at our hotel around 11am and were picked up shortly after 11:30am. Harvey was AMAZING! From the moment we met him we knew we were going to have a fantastic day!

We began our tour at ... Estates - which my husband and I had been to previously. We knew it would be a great tour - they have fantastic wine and ice wine and do a great job explaining the process. Very clean and bright facility - and everyone was very warm and welcoming. Our second stop was ... - again, my husband and I had been to this location previously as well. Another wonderful stop; this is where we had the tasting plate paired with certain wines - really lovely! Our third stop was at ... Estates - there were a lot of people at this location, clearly lots of tours were stopping there. We were placed in a scorching hot room in the back to taste the 3 wines they had available. While this isn't a review of the wineries, I have to say that this winery left a lot to be desired. We still aren't sure whether the wine they gave us was just a bad bottle or if that's how it was supposed to taste?! Regardless - it wasn't good. Needless to say, we spent all of 15 min here and decided it was time to go.

Sensing our disappointment Harvey was wonderful and decided to take us to another little winery nearby - and WOW are we glad he did! Harvey took us to ... Winery a short distance away and even though we showed up unannounced they were the most wonderful people!! Michael greeted us warmly and invited us in to taste some of their award winning wines - and from the first glass it was amazing! I think we bought every single sample we tried and then some! ... was wonderful - I will be back in the near future.

Upon leaving ... Winery, Harvey began to drive us back to our hotel - but not before we saw some of the amazing sites that Niagara has to offer! He was so wonderful to stop and show us the Isaac Brock statue, the Niagara Flower Clock, the Hydro Plant and Whirlpool Basin. Without Harvey showing us these attractions we would not have known to go there or see them! We are truly grateful for everything Harvey did for us while we were on the tour - he was wonderful company!

We will be back again to book our third trip with Niagara Vintage Wine Tours in the near future!!! Visited August 2012 Ashley and Nicholas (Names did not appear in ‘Trip Advisor’)
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From: Anita Greenberg []
Sent: June-21-11 2:13 PM
Subject: RE: Father's day wine tour

Hi Barb

I just wanted to tell you how much we all enjoyed our tour on Sunday. Harvey was great and the day turned out even better than I had hoped. I will spread your name!!

Thanks again,

Anita Greenberg


March 19 (2011) at 10:50pm
This was left on the Grape and Wine Tours Facebook page.

Awesome time today on the tour with Harvey as our guide! He was personable and knowledgable of the area which was really helpful! Thank you!

Jesse Cablek

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November 3, '09

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September 22, '09
Subject: My compliments... - by email


I just wanted to let you know that my husband and I had an amazing day with Joe (refers to another driver, guide, and associate, of Grape & Wine Tours, Joe Hrechanyk, from Welland, Ontario) and Harvey on the Sunday Brunch Tour. We learned so much; we especially appreciated Joe and Harvey's hospitality. We will definitely visit Niagara Falls region again, and we will definitely take a tour with you again. I've already voiced great compliments about your company to my friends in the US.

Thank you for a trip we will never forget!

Komal and Dave

September 08, '09
Subject: Wine Tour Review - by email

To Whom It May Concern:

I went on the Sunday Brunch Escape this past Sunday with 3 other family members. Joe and Harvey were our tour guides. Harvey did the talking and Joe (Hrechanyk) did the driving. I wanted to send you a note and let you know how much fun I had on the tour. This was well worth the price of the tour and I learned SO much about wine. Harvey was also full of many fun facts spanning Niagara, Ontario Wine Industry, and other non-Niagara topics. Both Harvey and Joe were very professional and very personable - and they kept all of us smiling and laughing the whole time. All of the wineries were very accommodating and were able to answer all of our questions. The brunch at Queenston Heights was absolutely delicious too.

This was my family's first visit to Niagara (I live in Michigan but they were visiting from Virginia). We all had such a wonderful time and will remember this tour fondly for the rest of our lives. I plan to take other family members on the tour when they visit in the future and I have passed the word on to seveal coworkers who I know are wine enthusiasts. I grew up in California and while the wine tours out there are fun to do - I've never had such a rewarding experience as I did on your tour. California wineries and tours are also very overpriced in comparison to what you offer.

Thank you for providing us with a reasonably priced and fully entertaining option for our vacation. Being pressed financially due to the rough economic times, this was definitely a good alternative to flying out of the country and worth evey cent that we spent! I'll definitely be coming back at least once a year.

Many thanks!!
Amy Owens

July 13, '09
Subject: Yesterday's Wine tour - by mail


This message is for Harvey.

Harvey, I wanted to thank you again for the great time we had on the wine tour this past Sunday (July 12). Considering you started off by saying you were just a driver, you were an amazingly endless source of information, not just on winemaking and wineries in general but about the entire Niagara-on-the-lake area. We couldn't have asked for a better day to celebrate our recent engagement. You made us feel welcome and your great sense of humor really made for a relaxing trip. In the last day alone we have recommended a guided wine tour with you personally to two couples we are friends with. Perhaps you'll see them soon! At any rate, thanks for making our weekend one to remember. We may have to make this an annual event. Take care!

Warmest regards,
Hunter and Julie (from Ottawa)

P.S. Would also like to extend a sincere thank you to Wine & Grape Tours....

June 26, '09
Subject: Great time! - by email

Hello, I just wanted to drop a quick email to say thank you for the great tour my friends and I went on. Our driver was Harvey, and he made the trip so enjoyable. It was pouring rain, but we were still able to get to 4 wineries and the afternoon flew by.

Thank you so much, we will definitely be booking again and recommending your tours to our friends and family.

Marla Trigiani

April 21, '09
Subject: Confirmation xxxx - by email


Just got back from Niagara and I had to write to say that Harvey absolutely made our stay in Niagara.

My girlfriend and I were a bit nervous about doing a group tour (you never know how the group dynamics will mesh and either make it great, or just so-so), but the whole day was just great. From pick up to drop off, Harvey kept all of us informed and entertained. His wealth of information about the Niagara region, and also the wine making process itself, was so educational. We actually learned more about the falls and the area in the 5 hours with Harvey than we did at the different places right at the falls. In fact, I also think he knew more about the vineyards and the processes than some of the people at the vineyards themselves! It really was quite a treat to spend the afternoon with him as the guide...and if it were possible to request guides I would recommend him to anyone.

Grape and Wine Niagara Tours certainly has quite a jewel in Harvey...hope he continues to share his endless knowledge with the visitors to Niagara!

Billy & Jess

March 29, '09
Subjest: Sat, March 28 tour - by email

My husband and I just wanted to thank you so much for the fun and informative tour.

It was after we booked that we found out that this was a tour that would not have normally been taking place and we got lucky. The small group that we were with was a lot of fun and Harvey really knew his business. We received lots of special treatment from each winery and everyone was personable. We would definitely go on another tour in the future and hopefully get to see other wineries in the area. 'The Winery' where we ate for dinner, was fantastic (ommitted by us) and we would love to eat there again in the future as well.

Thank you again,
Chet and Christi Chludenski
Uxxxxxxx, Massachusetts, USA

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October 15, '08
Subject: Wine Tour Best Kept Secret Dinner Tour - by email

Good Morning

Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful time my husband and I had last Wednesday October 8th on our Grape and Wine tour with Harvey.

Harvey is a very entertaining and knowledgeable guide. He gave us a little history on each estate and also provided us with the history of the Niagara wine country.

We found the tour very interesting and enjoyed every moment.

We visited.... four wineries

Everyone was very nice and made us feel welcome.

The wine tasting was also great.

The restaurant where we had dinner was simply divine. The food and the atmosphere were excellent. Unfortunately, I am unable to remember the name of the Restaurant where we ate (too much wine).
Thank you for making our Vacation in Niagara a most memorable one.

Paulette and Jocelyn (Jessie) Lagace

From: Janice Haddon []
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2008 2:37 PM
Subject: Great Tour!!


Just to let you know my family and I (9 of us) had a great day yesterday on the celebrity wine tour. Harvey was so upbeat, knowledgeable and has a wonderful sense of humor. We certainly felt we got our $$ worth. We were treated well at all the wineries and very surprised that we had 4 taste tests at Wayne Gretzky's winery, the last being icewine. I will definitely recommend your tours to other family and friends. Thanks again.

Janice Haddon

From: Colin Henderson []
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2008 9:43 AM
Subject: Tkanks

On Sunday Sept. 21st. we were taken on a mystery wine tour by Harvey who turned out to know as much or more than our official vineyard tour guides. Harvey was informative, knowledgeable, helpful, and pleasant. We learned a LOT and had a good time!


Colin and Mary
London, ON

From: marlene bonin []
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 10:54 AM
Subject: Thank you

Hi Barb, Harvey,

Thank you so much for a wonderful tour of the Niagara Wineries on Monday Sept. 22, 2008. We really enjoyed Harvey as a guide.

He was very knowledgeable and fun to be with.

Lunch at xxxxxxx was excellent. Jennifer our waitress was fun. We had the best Lamb burger ever and I really enjoyed the turnip and pear soup. Oh and desert, wow, the Lindt chocolate mousse just melted in your mouth. Thanks again

Peter and Marlene
See you next year

Pxxxxxxxxxxx, Ontario
Sept. 15/2008 - by postal mail

Thank you for the great wine tour we - the Browns & the Burns - had on Tues Sept. 9th. Our driver, Harvey, was very entertaining & knowledgeable. He kindly took us right to our inn, saving us from lugging a box of wine back from the Hilton - our pick up spot.

We really enjoyed the 1st winery 'Riverview' and the talk about the workings of the winery by Mike. All your tours should go to this winery. The wine was pretty good too!!
Lunch at the 'Winery' was excellent.

Thank you
Clare & Anne Brown

Sept 13, '08
Subject: Wine Tour - by email

My husband and I took your wine tour on September 9th. We really enjoyed it, being from Alberta this was the first time we had seen vineyards and wineries, this was something totally new.

Your drive and guide, Harvey, was awesome and very knowledgeable, he explained all the ins and outs of climate and grape production. Also how the business works.

We thought the selection of the four wineries that we visited and the restaurant, where we had lunch were good chioces. We were treated very well.

We will definitely recommend your services to our friends when they visit the Niagara region.

Thank you again for a good time.
Myrna and Len Nickel

August 31, '08
Subject: Harvey's tour - by email

To Whom It May Concern;

We wanted to send this email to let you know how wonderful our wine tour was with our driver, Harvey.

On August 24, 2008 we booked a wine tour through the Holiday Inn in St. Catharines to tour 4 wineries and have dinner for our 22nd anniversary.

From the moment we were picked up from the hotel by the tour owners, we knew that we were in for a great experience. This was our first wine tour, and we weren't sure what to expect. We were then turned over to Harvey, to start a simply fantastic tour.

Harvey was full of information and humor, and made us feel as though we had known him our entire life. He made the tour fun, informative, and exciting both on the road, and at the wineries. It was pleasing to see that the owners of all the wineries, and the restaurant talked very highly of him and they were happy for us that we had him as our driver. They all told us we were in for a fun day!

We were his last drop-off of the day, and we wound up chatting with him for awhile after the tour was over. He is a very interesting person, and we hope that we cross paths with him in the future! We would love to have him as our driver again as he was simply awesome! Everyone else on our tour shared the same outlook about him as we did; they were very impressed with him also.

We definitely will book another tour with you again in the future, and we would like for you to add us to your mailing list .....

We will definitely recommend your company to our family and friends so they can have a fabulous experience like we did!

Thank you very much to all of you,
Ray & Sue Haber (from Bxxxxx, Ontario, Canada)

August 27, '08 - by email

We had Harvey for our tour on the 24th of August...and he was very good and fun at the same time. It's a nice tour...good job guys!


From: Eby [mailto:xxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 10:53 PM
Subject: I had a GREAT time!

We had Harvey for our tour on the 24th of August...


From: []
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 5:46 PM
Subject: Great day!

To whom it may concern, Joe and Harvey did a phenomenal job of showing us a great time on the Sunday wine tour. The wineries were lots of fun and overall a great day, learned lots!!

Jody and Natalie
Nxxxx Bxx, Ontario
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From: Kerry Giasson []
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 10:52 AM
Subject: Wine Tour

Good Morning, I attended yesterday’s wine tour. My friend and I attended the all day package from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and we absolutely loved it. It was our first wine tour and we couldn’t be happier. Joe and Harvey were our guides and they were fantastic. I will definitely come back and will recommend this tour to all of my friends. Joe and Harvey were so accommodating and the wineries were wonderful. I’ve never attended a tour that ran so smoothly and I felt well taken care of. I also managed to bring home quite a bit of wine.

Thank you very much for the wonderful experience.

Until next time.


Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 4:56 PM
Subject: Review of tour - Aug.10/08

We're just on our way back from the last winery of our tour and we've had a BLAST! Joe (another driver/guide) and Harvey have been exceptional - we couldn't have asked for a better tour. Harvey demonstrated such diverse knowledge, energy and enthusiasm. All questions were answered promptly and thoroughly.

We will definitely recommend the Grape and Wine Tours to our friends and family.

Thank you for a beautiful day!
Greg Lai-Fang and Rosetta Polvere
Sxxxxxxxxxx, Ontario
August 10, 2008
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From: Sam Jiryes []
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 10:44 PM
Subject: Saturday

My wife and I with our 2 daughters went on a wine tasting tour last Saturday. We went on the same tour 2 years ago.

Harvey, our tour guide was excellent. He was very polite, informative, patient and entertaining.
Keep up the good work Harvey.

Sam Jiryes

July 7, '08
Subject: wine tour review - by email

BB & Eddie

My girlfriend arranged a wine tour for my birthday today; we both had a great time. Harvey was a hoot as well as very informative. We would recommend your company and Harvey to others.

Paul & Alex

From: Doug Smith []
Sent: June 22, 2008 9:09 PM

Hi Barb;

Just want to let you know that the tour was very good.

Harvey, the driver, was very pleasant and interesting. His knowledge of the Niagara area and vineyards was very good.
We all enjoyed ourselves and came away with a good experience.


June 11, '08
Subject: Wine Tour - by email

We would like to thank Celine (another driver/guide) and Harvey for a wonderful tour on Tuesday June 10, 2008.

Both are very professional and knowledgeable about the wine industry in Niagara region.

We had a wonderful time and will highly recommend this tour to our friends.

Marie & Dan Hebert

April 27, '08
Subject: Our wine tour - by email

To Whom It May Concern,

Just wanted to send off a quick note to acknowledge how pleased we were with the wine tour we took yesterday - Sat. April 26.

Our driver, Harvey Gordon, made the ride so enjoyable with his wonderful sense of humor and we learned a lot as he was happy to share much information and trivia about the Niagara area.

It was easy to see that the winery owners also held Harvey in high regard.

We will certainly be recommending both your wine tour company and our driver to anyone else who might be interested.

Judy St Lois and the Oakville ladies

April '08 - by email

Hi Barbara,

Scott and I had a wonderful time on tour Sunday with Harvey!! It was a great experience!

Thanks, Cathy Clark

January 7, '08
Subject:Thank you - by email

Hi Barb;

It was lovely to finally meet you. I just want to write you a quick note to thank you for all your efforts. Comments are starting to trickle in on the event, and everyone seems to have truly enjoyed themselves.

I look foward to our next adventure with your excellent organization.

Thank you once more, and if I could ask you to pass on my gratitude to Harvey, who also greatly contributed to the wonderful experience we had.

Take care,

Ana Leo
Coordinator, Franchise Developments
The xxxx Franchise xxxxx Inc

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From: Barb Kalleske []
Sent: May 31, 2007 10:45 PM
Subject: Thanks for a Great day

Hi Kristina.

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our wine tour on Saturday. Harvey [Fred] (a 'teased' name on the bus) was an excellent tour guide. He provided us with some very interesting information and has a great personality.

At no time did he make us feel under pressure to hurry and finish tasting your fine wines.

We would have no hesitation in recommending your tour company to anyone.

Thank you also for the extra things that you did, like organizing our train tickets. It has made our visit to your region one that we will remember fondly.

Thank you once again.

Kind regards
Barb John & Andy Kalleske

From: Williams, Cathy D. []
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 1:33 PM
Subject: Wow...


My daughter Kelly Grieve booked a wine tour for us (5 people) for yesterday Monday, May 21st. We had the most amazing day not to mention our tour guide Harvey was awesome!!! He was very knowledgeable about the vineyards, the growing process, and the community in general. I think everybody knows Harvey!!! :-) He truly made our trip a memorable one.

The restaurant wasn't what I was expecting. I thought we'd have lunch at a greasy spoon and was totally in awe when we walked into the facility. We were treated like royalty. Tell Harvey the chocolate was a great way to end the day.

We have our favourites'; Krystal is still talking about Kevin and I stand my ground that Jeff at Coyote Run was the most passionate about his wine. Who knew a wine was 'muscular' (Jeff's words). He gave me goose bumps!!! I have a whole new appreciation for wine. I've told everyone here at work about it and will most definitely do it again.

Thanks again for a wonderful time and have a great day.


Cathy Williams
Administrative Assistant
Excellence Initiative

Region of xxxx
Bxxxxxxx, ON, L6T 4B9

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Saturday, October 14, 2006


My name is Maggie, and on Thanksgiving weekend I had a tour with your company, this was the 2nd year in a row. Last year Mark and I had Kathy as a tour guide and she was amazing! This year we had Harvey who was also amazing! He was very informative, friendly, and went out of his way to make our group's trip, fun, educational, and memorable! Like I said, I’ve done a tour with your company for 2 years now and just wanted to say thank you!! We had a great time and your staff is one to be truly proud of!! Thanks Grape and Wine Tours & Special Thanks to Harvey!!

Take Care,
Maggie Lopatowska

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