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Look up your favourite Ontario winery and they are bound to be offering free delivery. As COVID-19 has completely disrupted business models for small operations, wineries have been forced to quickly adapt to unprecedented circumstances. Over 95 Ontario wineries are now offering free delivery on purchases that meet a minimum quota in hopes of sustaining a steady stream of income. As these wineries are no longer able to host tastings, tours or meals at the vineyard, a significant source of revenue has vanished for these local businesses.
A handful of larger establishments do sell their wine at the LCBO, but for smaller shops it has become increasingly more difficult to stay afloat. In response to non-essential business closures, local wineries are pivoting to online orders as a main source of revenue and in most cases, are offering Ontario-wide shipping. From juicy cab francs to effervescent pet nats and low intervention natural wines; there are bottles available to suit the palates of many. Below is just a fraction of wineries offering free delivery across Ontario.
Crafting low-intervention wines, Rosewood Estates Winery in the Niagara Peninsula is offering free Ontario shipping on orders of 4 bottles or more.
Biodynamic vineyard -- Tawse Winery -- situated on the lower foothills of the Niagara Escarpment, is offering free shipping on orders over $100.
Producers of premium sparkling wine in Prince Edward County, Hinterland Wine Co. is offering free shipping when customers choose the 'Quarantine Club' option.
Pioneer of Prince Edward County's early wine movement, Closson Chase Winery implements centuries-old European traditions and techniques into their wine making. The winery is offering free shipping on orders over 4 bottles.
A founding winery in Prince Edward County, Grange Winery specializes in natural wines; from skin contact to unfiltered and pet nat bottles. The winery is offering free shipping on 6-packs or more.
An organic vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Southbrook Organic Vineyards is waiving all shipping fees.
Kew Vineyards Estate Winery in Beamsville has some of the oldest vines in the region. The winery is offering free shipping on orders over $50.
Situated in Prince Edward County, Trail Estate Winery focuses on low-intervention, wild fermented and unfiltered wines. Shipping is free on orders of 6 bottles or more.
The epitome of fine wine, Stratus Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake is offering free shipping to the GTA.
Leaning Post Wines in Stoney Creek is offering free shipping on orders of 6 bottles or more.