Visit This Gay-Friendly Winery Near Picton Sandbanks

Visit This Gay-Friendly Winery Near Picton Sandbanks

Let’s talk about gay-friendly wineries – specifically near one of my favourite summer spots in Ontario: The Picton Sandbanks. Gays love wine! And there’s nothing better than going wine-tasting with your besties. I’ve been going to the Picton Sandbanks ever since I was a kid (for family camping, not drinking obvi), and ever since I acquired a love for wine, the Sandbanks area has been a go-to every spring/summer/fall for wine-tasting!🍷

Whether I’m with my family, my boys or my girlfriends, there are so many wineries to choose from in the Picton Sandbanks area!👬 I’m not the only gay who flocks to the Picton area for wine tasting, relaxation, camping, swimming and more – even Elton John has a beach house there. Picton is a very gay-friendly area if you’re thinking of your next #gaycation💃

Lez be honest for a second. Almost all wineries are welcomed to anyone. However, I like to support establishments that pride their business as LGBTQ+ friendly or in this case “gay-friendly” since that is what I always search for when looking for my next destination to go, eat, and experience. I’m always searching for “gay-friendly” places for myself, but also for my readers.

In terms of “gay-friendly”, there’s actually only one winery I could find near the Picton sandbanks that pride their establishment as “gay-friendly” with a rainbow sticker on the front door of their establishment 🏳️‍🌈

gay friendly winery

As of now, the only winery that prides their winery as gay-friendly is the Sandbanks Estate Winery located in Wellington, Ontario. I’ve been to 15 wineries in the area so far and this is not only a beautiful gay-friendly winery but also you get the best bang for your buck for wine tastings ($3 for a flight of 5 wines)! My favourite white wines at Sandbanks Estate Winery in order: Summer, Riesling-Gewurztraminer, Dunes, Sauvignon, and their Riesling. Wine Tip: Ask to taste “Summer Love” which is a mix of their Summer white wine (my personal fav) and their Love wine!💖🍷

Now, most people can argue that businesses don’t need to have a rainbow sticker or massive rainbow pride flags plastered all over the place to be a gay-friendly place and I agree… to an extent💁

sandbanks winery picton

Having a small rainbow sticker at the front entrance of your establishment illustrates me to the idea that this is an establishment that is aware of LGBTQ+ individuals and welcomes them. My friends who don’t identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum almost never notice the rainbow flag when I’m with them, but I do. I notice, and it matters. If I’m about to walk into a place and there’s a small rainbow flag sticker somewhere, it makes me happy and makes me feel that I’m walking into a safe space to be myself! 🏳️‍🌈

There are many reasons why establishments should pride themselves on being inclusive because I know for a fact that I would most definitely give my money to an establishment that showcases that they are gay-friendly over a business that doesn’t, and will most likely become a returning customer!💖

Let me know in the comments if you’ve been to the Picton Sandbanks area or plan to go for your next gaycation 🙂

*This post is not sponsored, even though any posts that are sponsored are my honest opinions.


  1. July 17, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    What is your favorite gay-friendly winery? Let me know in the comments

  2. Shawn Alexander
    July 18, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    This post was amazing Ryan! Had the best time with you wine tasting!

    • OutWithRyan
      July 19, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks Shawn! Had a blast wine-tasting with you too! I’ll have to come visit ya out in Alberta! Maybe there’s some great wineries out there 😛

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