Welcome to Craft Winemaking


Welcome to craft winemaking at The Rideau Winery!Welcome to Craft Winemaking! The Rideau Winery is a contemporary, craft mead & winemaking establishment (wine kits) in historical, downtown Smiths Falls. We pride ourselves on being an independent operator with the ability to select the best national and international wines from our Canadian supplier.

Our goal is to provide our customers with the opportunity to make the highest quality wine,  meads and artisanal kits to receive an unmatched level of customer service. We will assist you one-on-one during your experience and take the time to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

Simple reasons to do craft winemaking:

Cost-effective
It comes down to value. For a fraction of the cost, it allows you to have and appreciate quality wines.

Convenient
By making your wine and keeping a stocked cellar, you’ll always have wine on hand for those unexpected guests.

Eco-friendly
Reusing bottles reduces the amount of glass that is produced for wine consumption and diverts it from landfills. If you use the bags, those can go into your home recycling.

Rewarding
Create a custom wine collection you are proud of and can share with friends and family while entertaining.

Enjoyable
Winemaking is a great, relaxing pastime. It’s easy to get started and you’ll have fun learning more about wine throughout the process.

We Are…


We are passionate about about what we do. In November 2017, Robert & Laurel (of T’s Chips …and more) officially took over as the new owners of the Rideau Winery! Known for working with high-quality products and family-like customer service, they plan to keep it going at The Rideau Winery.

We offer a diverse collection of fruit, red, white and rosé varieties from around the world. All of our products are supplied to us exclusively by RJS Craft Winemaking. They are the largest, most successful and respected wine kit producer in Canada. Whether you seek full-bodied and hearty red (Nebbiolo or Amarone) or light and refreshing white (Verdicchio or Liebfraumilch) wine, you’ll surely discover a style to suit your individual taste and budget.

In addition to our Canadian-supplied kits, we also have our artisanal kits and meads.

We maintain competitive pricing and a 100% quality guarantee on all of our products. You can find more information about them in the More Info & Services section under Our Kits.

No appointment necessary to start any of our kits. It only takes about 5 minutes of your time. Come in to enjoy a personal, friendly atmosphere that makes your craft winemaking undertaking a fun, relaxing and memorable experience. If you would like to have one of your friends or relatives expedite your kit for you, please click this link for more information or inquire about this process in store.

One Day Pop-up Sales

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as this is where we post our pop-up sales. We announce them around 8 AM or 9 AM and run until we close that day. You can save anywhere from $10 to $20 on our kits. Cannot be combined with any other offer for these one day pop-up sales.

You Say It’s Your Birthday!

You have one special day a year that’s all yours and to help celebrate, we’re offering $10 off your purchase. *Government-issued ID required* Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Winemaking is as easy as 1, 2, 3

1   We’ll help you choose your wine style (there are dozens of kits to
choose from)
2   You add the yeast to the ingredient mix (about 5 minutes)
3   You return 4 to 8 weeks later to bottle 28 to 30, 750ml bottles of finished wine for your enjoyment. It takes approximately 30 minutes of your time.

One batch of wine equals approximately 21 to 23 litres filling 28-30, 750ml bottles. The Specialty products are 1/2 batches (approximately 10 to 12 litres) and fill 28 to 30, 325ml bottles.

The Rideau Winery is licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and strictly adheres to the Rules and Regulations as set forth when operating a Ferment/U-Vint On-Premise.  As per the AGCO, any individual making wine in a Ferment/U-Vint On-Premise requires the customer to be “On The Premises” and “Actively Participating” while initially starting the wine as well as at its conclusion during the bottling process. Any organization that deviates from these rules and regulations risks confiscation or disposal of customers wines as well as fines and license suspensions to the organization.

Our Kits


If you are looking for commercial kitchen products or business gifts, please click here for kitchen kits and here for business. We also have packages available for special events such as corporate events, weddings and anniversaries.

All of our products are supplied to us exclusively by RJS Craft Winemaking. RJS Craft Winemaking kits have won more awards in local, national, and international competitions than any other Canadian wine kit manufacturer. We are very proud to be associated with products of such high quality and reputation. We have an extensive list of reds, whites and rosés. If we don’t have it in stock, we can bring it in. For complete list of their products and pricing, please visit the RJS Craft Winemaking kits page.

We make more than 100 styles from Australia, Chile, Spain, Italy, USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and more. Our fruit-style kits, ports and dessert-style kits are also very popular. We are able to customise the kits to our customer’s preferences, making adjustments as desired for sweetness, oaking and body.

One batch equals approximately 21 to 23 litres filling 28 to 30, 750ml bottles. The Specialty products are 1/2 batches (approximately 10 to 12 litres) and fill 28 to 30, 325ml bottles. You may also appoint a designate to start and/or bottle your productFor more information please, click the link above or inquire about this process in store.

All products are backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied, let us know right away, bring it back and we’ll make it right.

If you are looking for something unique, hand-crafted and local, we believe you’ll really enjoy the Blitzen Estate Maple Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon, any of our mead versions or our tea-infused Winefusions or the dried fruit Harvest Series.

You can also personalise your kit by adding one of our natural extracts such as apple, blackberry, black currant, cherry, chocolate, elderberry, elderflower, ginger, grapefruit, peach, raspberry, root beer, strawberry, vanilla or our local 100% pure maple syrup. We can even use any of our tea blends of chamomile, chai or green tea.

The Rideau Winery is licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and strictly adheres to the Rules and Regulations as set forth when operating a Ferment/U-Vint On-Premise.  As per the AGCO, any individual making wine in a Ferment/U-Vint On-Premise requires the customer to be “On The Premises” and “Actively Participating” while initially starting the wine as well as at its conclusion during the bottling process. Any organization that deviates from these rules and regulations risks confiscation or disposal of customers wines as well as fines and license suspensions to the organization.The Rideau Winery will hold a customer’s product for up to three (3) months after initial purchase (unless other pre-arrangements are made). A $10/mo fee will be applied each month after for up to an additional three (3) months. After that time, if no contact can be made, the wine will be considered abandoned and will be disposed of.

More Info & Services


We know we have a lot of information and various products and services. Not all of these appear on the menu (so many!) and we needed to correct this.

So here we are. We do have a good number of things such as our artisanal products such as meads, maple, tea or dried fruit-infused products in additional to our large collection of regular craft wine-making kits.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please email, call or drop in to see us. We’re more than happy to chat.

Charity & Community Advocates


Community support & involvement is important to us and are proud champions of:

The Smiths Falls Community Food Bank
Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association
The Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce
Crime Stoppers

We recognize the value these organizations have in our community and are committed to continuing our philanthropic efforts locally. As part of streamlining the numerous requests we receive, we will be making donations six times a year and will consider donation requests submitted by the following deadlines:

 

Event Date Submission Deadline
January 1 to February 28 December 1
March 1 to April 30 February 1
May 1 to June 30 April 1
July 1 to August 31 June 1
September 1 to October 31 August 1
November 1 to December 31 October 1

We are excited to offer you a simple way to have your request considered; please email all donation requests, to drinkme@therideauwinery.ca with “Donation Request” in the subject line of your email. Please provide us with information regarding the event, if there is something specific you would like us to consider and how the funds raised will benefit those in our community. At this time, we are unable to provide cash donations other than our current commitments.

Due to the large number of requests that we receive, we are unable to respond to or support every one and will not be able to consider requests received in other ways. We are able to donate glassware packages and gift certificates. We can only donate a kit if it is used as a silent auction item and the recipients must pay the fermentation fee (taxes included) themselves.

If your organization is selected for a donation, one of our staff members will reach out to you to make arrangements.

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In addition to financial donations to support the community, we give countless gift certificates to community-support causes because together, we are stronger.

We’re both believers in giving back however we can. When we give back to our communities – however it happens – it strengthens us all. Most people think of “giving back” as a seasonal thing such as at Christmas. We want to ensure it becomes a year-round way of living.

We have two #gratitude programs we launched in January 2019. The first one is our #TweedTuesdays. Every Tuesday, when an (active) employee comes in and puts on a kit (except the Heritage Estates line), Canopy Growth Corporation/Tweed, shows their valid employee ID card, we give them $10 off their order. This discount cannot be combined with any other discount.

We understand having a tight budget very well. Out of this came the second gratitude program, #ThriftyThursdays. Every Thursday, all our customers will receive $10 off their in-house made kits (with the exception of the Heritage Estates line). This discount cannot be combined with any other discount.

If you don’t believe us on the importance of giving back (and volunteering), there’s a ton of articles out there to read. Take this one from The Globe and Mail or this one from The Huffington Post Canada, there’s a huge list of articles from them about giving back.

Connect


We have many ways to connect with us to answer all your questions. You can pop in to the store or call us during normal business hours, engage with us via Facebook, email or even Twitter. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Interac direct payments and e-transfers. We accept old-school cash, too. If you have any questions, please reach out and we’ll be happy to help.

Address
22 Russell St E
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 1E8

Phone
613.205.1500

Hours
Tuesday thru Friday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Closed Sundays & Mondays

email
drinkme@therideauwinery.ca