GO Transit takes you to wine country with new Wine Rack partnership

GO Transit is teaming up with Wine Rack to showcase their popular Niagara wine estates, Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin, on a new all-inclusive wine tour experience. Read on to get all the details on The Great Grape Getaway.

Want to head to Niagara for a wine tour, but don’t want to brave that QEW traffic?

There’s a GO bus for that.

Starting this fall, GO Transit and Wine Rack are launching a Saturday wine tour that will take people from downtown Toronto, to Niagara, and back.

Here’s how it works.

At 9 a.m. passengers board a GO bus at the Union Station Bus Terminal that will go straight to Niagara-on-the-Lake for a stop at either the Jackson-Triggs or Inniskillin winery. Customers should arrive at 8:30 a.m. sharp to check in and board the bus on time.

winery with people standing in the field
Trips will run every Saturday, starting Sept. 18 and go until Oct. 16 – except for the Thanksgiving long weekend (Arterra photo)

On the way, riders can enjoy local wine knowledge from the on-board host.

Once you’re at the winery, you’ll enjoy a two-course lunch with wine and then move onto some wine tastings.

You’ll also get a chance to pick up a couple of bottles on the way home at the Wine Rack Outlet Store.

The full-day tour wraps up back in downtown Toronto at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $99 and must be purchased in advance directly from Wine Rack.

A classic single decker GO bus
This fall, GO Transit and Wine Rack are launching a Saturday wine tour taking people from downtown Toronto, to Niagara, and back. (Metrolinx photo)

The trips will run every Saturday, starting Sept. 18 and go until Oct. 16 – except for the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Extra excursion info

Don’t worry, it’s not just a regular GO bus taking people to Niagara. There will be an on-board host from Wine Rack leading the journey.

There’s also a chance to win prizes on the bus and everyone goes home with a giftbag, too.

*Editor’s note – the story has been updated to reflect the Wine Rack contest having ended*

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx News editorial team