Wineries of Niagara-On-The-Lake
The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake invite you to visit in April and help celebrate the birthplace of the modern Canadian wine industry. You are invited to an exclusive weekend event that pays tribute to the rich history and pioneers of Ontario winemaking in the heart of wine country. Now home to some of the oldest vinifera plantings across Canada, the area has come of age, producing some of the most complex and well-balanced wines in the region.
This one-of-a-kind wine-growing region was created by a combination of four geological aspects, fundamental to the production of quality fruit. Rich geological soils, formerly the bed of old Lake Iroquois, feed important nutrients to the vines while the original shoreline, now the Niagara Escarpment, provides a protective shield. Lake Ontario to the North and the Niagara River to the East, further protect the region’s original farm lands, as they bring in warm breezes to fend off spring frosts and harsh winter elements. A unique set of geographical elements create a specialty crop area where tender winemaking grapes thrive and flourish best.
Time is also important, as aging vines naturally offer lower yields of berries, thereby increasing the extract of fruit flavours in the wine. Deep roots of old vines are a great asset too. They tap into rich nutrients well beneath the soils and retain moisture in drought conditions. Older vines also tend to ripen earlier, a benefit to growers in cooler climates like Ontario. Old-vine wines also deliver a textural richness and layered flavours on the palate. They also produce wines that reflect the ‘terroir’ of the vineyard, so when you taste these wines we want you to taste the essence of the vineyards.
And while ‘Dig Our Roots’ celebrates the unique soils and climate of this historic wine-producing region it also honours the rich culture of local wine and food, made possible by this specialty growing area as Niagara-on-the-Lake is also home to much of Ontario’s tender fruit. Niagara’s bounty provides for authentic locally grown culinary experiences. Warm days and cool nights also result in wines that have a balance of ripe fruit and acidity, making them excellent companions to food.
With years of experience to draw upon, grape growers and winemakers in Niagara-on-the-Lake have a deep knowledge of what grows best and is home to some of Canada’s best-known wine families and iconic wines. Many wineries in this appellation were the original pioneers and as the region has grown, they have helped to shape the new positive attitude toward Canadian wine with more than three decades of winemaking know-how. Over the past 30+ years, a group of like-minded wineries have been working together to create a community of wineries featuring great wines and promoting excellence. They invite you to visit the first weekend in April to be part of this one-of-a-kind celebration and take part in exclusive events and wine tastings featuring the best the region has to offer. Visit wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com to sign up for their newsletter and receive your personal invitation.