Dark Horse Estate Winery
Dark Horse Estate Winery
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Dark Horse Estate Winery Inc. is located just minutes from the shores of Lake Huron and next door to the iconic Huron Country Playhouse. The centerpiece of the estate is a 31, 000 sq. ft. manor, which includes a banquet facility, ballroom, state-of-the-art production facility, barrel cellar, tasting room, elite VIP Lounge, and patios overlooking the vineyards. Dark Horse Estate Winery gives its guests a chance to leave the stresses of everyday life behind, to enjoy the robust flavours of their extensive portfolio of wine. It's time to experience something new: Come for the Sunsets, Stay for the Wine. During the summer months from June to August, Dark Horse Estate Winery offers Patio fare and service.
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  • Steve B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Five star cuisine and service with old European ambiance in the heart of Grand Bend
    We had dinner at the new Danu Cellars on May 27th. Andrew led us through our experience and was obviously knowledgeable and passionate about wine and the culinary genius of the chef. One of the best experiences and meals we have had in years. Toronto 5 star equivalent cuisine and service and with an ambience in the wine cellar that high-end Toronto establishments will never match. We give it six stars and wholeheartedly recommend this hidden gem.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Eavan T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dark Horse Estate Winery lunch time treat.
    Location, building and overall experience was excellent. We were there for a light lunch in advance of the Matinee "Beautiful" at Huron County Playhouse. The wines served were impeccable. And the Chefs Pizza absolutely perfect. View was terrific from the outside patio overlooking the vine yard. Service by Megan our waitress and I believe it was Aryon, chef was first class. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 25, 2023
  • David S
    119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wine + Pizza and Perfect Service
    Grand Bend ON has many wonderful attractions from the sandy beach to the walkable town but a short distance out of town is a terrific first class winery - Dark Horse. My wife and I along with another couple enjoyed a wonderful Sat lunch on the patio of homemade brick fired pizza and a superior rose wine. The food, the ambiance and the very personable and cheerful server, Megan made for a wonderful experience which will bring us back for a return in the fall!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Cannuckk
    Langley, Canada358 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unusual Visit
    Ours was an unusual visit in that the winery didn’t seem particularly interested in promoting sales of their wines. The” tasting” on offer was of two wines at a cost of $15, which isn’t much of an opportunity to really determine which product you might want to purchase, as well as being very much on the expensive side considering you were only allowed two tastings and there was( apparently) no credit if you purchased bottles afterwards. On reviewing their website later, it seems tastings are normally only Monday-Wednesday ( 4 tastings, $25 ). Maybe they have insufficient visitors to justify tastings on weekends, or have no problem selling all their wine as it is. In any event, if you are someone who enjoys tastings as an activity, I’m not sure this is the winery for you. Having said all that, we ended up buying glasses of wine to drink on the patio, and the wine we did sample seemed pretty good. Seems like a missed opportunity to me, but ultimately we enjoyed our visit.
    We offer self guided flights in our retail/tasting area in the summer Mon to Wed, Thursday to Sunday we offer 2 types of structured tastings, one longer version and one shorter version, the longer version is 4 wines and the mini tasting is 2 wines. Unfortunately most wineries have steered away from offering complimentary tastings with purchase of select number of bottles, we focus on education and experience. Our Sommelier on staff is educated and can assist with choosing a wine for you. Cheers Management
    Written August 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 17, 2023
  • SJB
    London, Canada22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lunch with family and friends
    My wife, I and two friends had lunch at Dark Horse Estate Winery on the patio prior to attending a musical at the Huron County Playhouse located next door. We ordered the wood fired pizza and and it was excellent. We enjoyed some wine and a froze with our pizza and they were really good. Our server Naomi provided excellent service. She checked on us numerous times and made sure we enjoyed our meal. We will definitely come back in the future
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 30, 2023
  • bakersue2017
    Hamilton, Canada54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit.
    Make sure when you are in the Grand Bend area, you visit Dark Horse Estate Winery. We stopped by for a flight while on holidays. Unfortunately it was Thursday and we couldn't get a flight, I don't quite understand why this is done but anyway! Opted for a glass of wine instead. I had the Meritage and my husband had the Baco Noir. The service was great. If we are in the area again, will definitely stop by for lunch on the patio and try the wood oven baked pizza.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Debbie G
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always a good time
    Dark Horse is one of our favourite winery destinations! We have been there for girl’s trips, couples trips (including an exclusive tour and dinner which was part of a contest we won and it was amazing!) and even an Easter Egg hunt! Love the wine, love the people, love the winery!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Claire S
    Toronto, Canada142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    High standards and deliciousness - Wonderful balmy evening
    This was a wonderful meal for us to celebrate my husband and mine’s anniversary. The Ravioli was exquisite service and wine pairing excellent and our waitress was new but your would not have guessed. The girl running the tables was attentive and friendly food beyond delicious and I can wait to go back.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • eastcoastgirl
    Halifax, Canada17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yummy Pizza and beautiful location
    Enjoyed a lovely bite to eat on the patio before the show at the theatre next door. There was a 45 minute wait for a table, despite the patio being half full, so I would recommend making a reservation. Once outside, the food and drinks were quick and the pizza was delicious. My only recommendation would be to have the staff tell folks why there is going to be a longish wait (lack of staff, pizza oven restrictions). Everyone who arrived the same time as us had the same reaction. “Why the wait when we can see through the big glass windows that there are lots of empty tables?” I asked and the woman at the desk only stared at me and repeated, “It will be a 30 minute wait.” Other than this, it was a lovely stop on our first trip to Grand Bend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Andrew L
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thanksgiving Brunch
    We enjoyed a Thanksgiving brunch at the Dark Horse Estate Winery with our daughter, son-in-law and three young grandsons. The buffet brunch was excellent and the staff were equally enthusiastic and welcoming. Definitely a must “go to brunch” for the family.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 8, 2023
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Andrea B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Had a great experience at this winery with friends, we enjoyed a tasting in the retail. The manager was informative and very engaging. We left with wine, we can't wait to try the new restaurant on our next visit.
Written December 15, 2023
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Andrew L
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We enjoyed a Thanksgiving brunch at the Dark Horse Estate Winery with our daughter, son-in-law and three young grandsons. The buffet brunch was excellent and the staff were equally enthusiastic and welcoming. Definitely a must “go to brunch” for the family.
Written October 8, 2023
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eastcoastgirl
Halifax, Canada17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Enjoyed a lovely bite to eat on the patio before the show at the theatre next door. There was a 45 minute wait for a table, despite the patio being half full, so I would recommend making a reservation. Once outside, the food and drinks were quick and the pizza was delicious. My only recommendation would be to have the staff tell folks why there is going to be a longish wait (lack of staff, pizza oven restrictions). Everyone who arrived the same time as us had the same reaction. “Why the wait when we can see through the big glass windows that there are lots of empty tables?” I asked and the woman at the desk only stared at me and repeated, “It will be a 30 minute wait.” Other than this, it was a lovely stop on our first trip to Grand Bend.
Written September 4, 2023
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Claire S
Toronto, Canada142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This was a wonderful meal for us to celebrate my husband and mine’s anniversary. The Ravioli was exquisite service and wine pairing excellent and our waitress was new but your would not have guessed. The girl running the tables was attentive and friendly food beyond delicious and I can wait to go back.
Written August 21, 2023
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S S
London, Canada79 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The facility is beautiful. The wine is (generally) good. Unfortunately, over a number of visits the past year, I have not found the atmosphere or staff friendly or inviting. One of our group actually said that they felt like we were imposing on them :(
Written August 17, 2023
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Debbie G
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Dark Horse is one of our favourite winery destinations! We have been there for girl’s trips, couples trips (including an exclusive tour and dinner which was part of a contest we won and it was amazing!) and even an Easter Egg hunt! Love the wine, love the people, love the winery!
Written August 16, 2023
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p j
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Purchased several cases Signature Sinful Red wine and shared with friends They loved it. We're sure to visit again!
Written August 16, 2023
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christine c
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is a lovely elegant venue slightly beyond Grand Bend Beach.
The view of the vineyard from the Patio is exceptional.
Written August 16, 2023
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Jen B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Went for Fathers day brunch, it was awful. No staff even present, food was leftovers from first seating and not replenished. Very disappointing for fathers day and the price
Written August 16, 2023
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Jen, We are surprised by your review. We had 3 food runners including myself, my son and another staff member, replenishing food. There were 2 bartenders, and a hostess, along with more staff to clear tables. This was a stationed banquet style which was advertised as such. We had so many guests rav about the bbq. The only thing we would change is having the accompaniments stationed inside so our staff have a faster time replenishing. With all our staff including one of the owners and manager floating around going to tables, why did you not mention your dissatisfaction to us or email us, we would have liked the opportunity to correct or make your experience better. Regards Management
Written August 24, 2023
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Gladis F
Kitchener, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Dark Horse Winery, Great setting for wine tasting and stone oven pizza near Grand Bend.
Outdoor seating or indoor dining, you can't go wrong!
Written August 16, 2023
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