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Gran Q & Temptress Rated in Top 4 of All Canadian Meritages

We’re excited to announce that our Gran Q 2010 and our Temptress 2013 are currently in 2nd and 4th place in the Top 25 Canadian Meritage wines as rated by Vivino users! Below are the Top 4:

(1) Quails’ Gate The Connemara 2014 Okanagan Valley · Canada Average rating 4.7 (6 ratings) Average price  $ 56.00




(2) The Foreign Affair Gran Q 2010 Niagara Peninsula · Canada Average rating 4.7 (22 ratings) Average price  $ 150.00 Among top 3% of all wines in the world!




(3) Nk’Mip Cellars (Inkameep) (Okanagan Valley) Mer’r’iym Meritage 2013 Okanagan Valley · Canada Average rating  4.3 (33 ratings) Average price $ 54.50




(4) The Foreign Affair Temptress 2013 Niagara Peninsula · Canada Average rating  4.3 (18 ratings) Average price $ 44.95



Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship is having its Theatrical Release this Friday!

The Foreign Affair Winery is delighted to announce that Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship will have its theatrical release at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto this Friday, June 23. The movie’s film crew visited our winery a few years ago and our proprietors Len and Marisa were on hand to host the creative team. Look for shots of the interior and exterior of our winery. Enjoy the preview below:

Film Description: Through the main characters, Cat (Krista Bridges) and Freddy (Enrico Colantoni), we are taken to the honeymoon capital of the world where circumstance and the lush romantic setting create the perfect backdrop for fun, adventure and, ultimately, disaster. A comedy, Directed by Sergio Navarretta, written by Alessandra Piccione.


An Appassimento Evening: Canada & Italy

Tuesday, June 13th 2017, 6:30pm at Biagio’s Ristorante, 155 King St. East, Toronto

Len & Marisa Crispino, proprietors of the Foreign Affair Winery, and Alberto Zenato, proprietor of Zenato Winery in Veneto, Italy, came together for an extraordinary collaborative evening. Guests were led through a tasting and dinner highlighting the Veronese Italian winemaking method of Appassimento as it spans the terroir from old world to new.

This unique dinner offered an entertaining and educational experience featuring wines made exclusively in the Appassimento style. All wines were carefully selected to be paired with the seasonal four-course meal, inspired by Italian-Canadian culinary traditions, crafted by Biagio and his Executive Chef.

Wine Release Event – July 1, 2 & 3

The Foreign Affair Winery’s Summer Open House Event

Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, July 2 & Monday, July 3 11 am to 5 pm

Join us in wine country for our annual Summer Open House Event and enjoy complimentary tastings of our appassimento wine and the release of our new 2015 Apologetic Red! We will be celebrating 150 years of Canadian excellence with our new 2015 vintage of Apologetic Red and locally made butter tarts.

We will also be serving perfect summer sippers such as our pink Amarose, and Enchanted and Riesling white wines.

Last year was the first vintage of Apologetic Red and it sold out with six months of its release. This may be your only chance to taste before you buy the new 2015 Apologetic Red because it’s normally not available at the tasting bar as it’s made in limited quantity. Price per bottle is $69.95.

Details will be emailed to everyone on our mailing list. Not on our mailing list? Click here to sign up!

Video on Foreign Affair Winery Making Pinot Noir Appassimento Style

Watch this short video as Proprietor Len Crispino talks about how Foreign Affair Winery embraces innovation at every level by turning the ‘weaknesses’ of this delicate, thin-skinned grape and transformed it into wine of elegance, beauty and grace.

Tasting Experiences at the Winery

Tasting Experiences:

Our tasting room is open daily* from 11 am to 5 pm.

Drop by anytime and taste our premium wines, many sold exclusively at the winery. Discover the taste of our limited production big bold red wines and elegant white wines.

Our tasting experiences start at 3 wines for $10 (you pick your favourites, or let us guide you). At the tasting bar, the tasting fee is waived with a wine purchase.

In our tasting room browse through our complete wine portfolio, find that perfect gift of wine or gift card, and as the exclusive retailer in the Niagara Peninsula, check out the iconic line of Alessi housewares and kitchen utensils.

Foreign Affair Wine Club Members:

When Foreign Affair Wine Club members visit the winery be sure to let us know so you can take advantage of your member benefits:

– Complimentary tastings for you and up to 5 of your guests (6 people in total)

– Access to buy single bottles of wine when only sold in 6 and 12 bottle Collections at the winery

– Occasional special tastings of a new vintage or wines from our library collection

– 15% off wine accessories and gift items

Groups of 6 People or More:

If you are a group of 6 people or more, please call us at (905) 562-9898 or send an email to wineorders@foreignaffairwine.com and make an appointment so we can best accommodate you and your group.  We also offer Group Private Tasting Experiences for 6 or more people, click here for all the details.


*we are not open Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter Sunday


Vintages Article – Innovation Nation

A feature article in the September 17, 2016 issue of Vintages showcases Foreign Affair Winery as an innovator with the production of Apologetic Red.

In the article Len Crispino, proprietor of Foreign Affair Winery, is quoted, “When we began Foreign Affair in 2001, we wanted to add something new to the range of great wines being made here, so we focused on producing only appassimento-style wines… there was no guidebook to follow in Ontario, and we lost a lot of grapes to missteps in the early years. Grape drying is an exacting process, and there are no shortcuts. Over time, we developed a 57-step ‘continuum of care’, from vineyard to bottle, to ensure quality at all stages. We now make red and white appassimento wines, and we are the first to produce an Amarone-style rose. It has been a hard road, but challenging expectations is how you grow.”


Meet Moosimo!

Moosimo is the larger-than-life Canadian moose that greets visitors at the entrance to the winery. He arrived at the winery in 2015 and has already appeared in hundreds of photos and has become a social media darling! Visit Moosimo anytime (he’s like our doorman) and to taste and buy wine, visit us inside the winery 7 days a week from 11 am and 5 pm.

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Contest Winners for Private In-Home Wine Tasting Contest!

Congratulations to the following winners which were picked on March 28, 2017:



P. Di Battista

R. Monahan

P. and J. Leece

We held our first Private In-Home Wine Tasting Contest and had an overwhelming response! We really appreciate all the support of our Foreign Affair Winery Ambassadors!

Foreign Affair Winery’s Sommelier Ed Haddon is excited about the big bold red, elegant white wines and barrel samples from the 2015 vintage that all the winners, and their guests, will taste.  Ed will bring the wine, glasses and cheese and all the winners have to do is invite as many friends as they can comfortably fit in their homes and have a great tasting!

We are honoured that so many people wanted to invite us into their homes to share our special wines with their friends.


Win a Private In-Home Wine Tasting – Enter by March 25, 2017

This is your chance to host an in-home wine tasting experience with a sommelier from Foreign Affair Winery!

You and your guests will taste the big bold red and elegant white wines that The Foreign Affair Winery is known for. Included in the tasting will be our partial and full appassimento wines.  And, be one of the first to taste barrel samples from the 2015 vintage.

Invite your guests into your home, and our sommelier will join you and provide the wine and glasses, accompanied by charcuterie, and an entertaining tasting experience. And you’ll have the opportunity to buy the wines you taste, with free delivery to the host’s address.

Enter to win by sending an email of a picture of an empty wine glass to  contest@foreignaffairwine.com or post the picture on Foreign Affair Winery’s:

Contest Details:

Contestants must 19 years of age and older, located in Ontario and within a 150 km of Foreign Affair Winery in Vineland, Ontario. Contest closes March 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm. One winner will be picked at random on March 28 2017 and Foreign Affair Winery will contact the winner by email + phone number provided by contestant with entrance The winner consents to have their first name, last initial and town/city they are located in published in our next email and posted on social media. Maximum value of this at home tasting experience is $1,800 and is based on the number of people attending event. Final attendance numbers for the in-home wine tasting event must be given to Foreign Affair Winery 5 days before date of tasting. In-home tasting includes 10 wine samples, including 2 barrel samples, glasses for the tasting, and a sampling of cheese and charcuterie to pair with the wines. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

If you have any questions, please call us at the winery at (905) 562-9898. We are open daily from 11 am to 5 pm. Or send an email to wine@foreignaffairwine.com.

‘Beauty of Design & Design of Beauty’ Event – Sunday, March 19 from 1-5 pm

You’re Invited!

2nd Annual ‘Beauty of Design & Design of Beauty’ Event

Sunday, March 19 from 1 – 5 pm

Join us at Foreign Affair Winery for a perfect ladies’ day out! ‘Uncrate your indulgence’ with beautiful clothing, stunning jewelry, Italian designed home accessories, Foreign Affair wine, music and chocolates. With a raffle in support of Gillian’s Place – women supporting women.

Invite a few friends and enjoy an afternoon in wine country!

Featuring: L’Orange Nikki & Zoe Second Yoga Alessi And more…

If you have any questions about this event, please call us at (905) 562-9898 from 11 am to 5 pm.