Niagara Peninsula Wine

 

The Niagara Peninsula, part of the Ontario province, is the most productive wine region in Canada. Lake Ontario is to its north, and the Niagara River is in the east, culminating at the great Niagara Falls. Most of the vineyards are situated along the Niagara Escarpment, a low mountain ridge that runs through Ontario into New York state. The Escarpment acts as a climate moderator, protecting against cold lake breezes by circulating air back to the lake. This is especially helpful to low lying areas that would normally be prone to early frost. The region has its own microclimate that differs from the rest of Canada, with good grape ripening conditions in hot summers and cold late autumns and winters that allow for natural Icewine production. 
 
Icewine, produced mostly from the Vidal grape, but also from Riesling, is the pride of the region and its most popular commodity, even in a sparkling version. As in Germany, Riesling is produced here in a range of styles from bone dry to Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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Popular Wineries in Niagara Peninsula View all

  • Hillebrand Estates Winery

    Hillebrand, a Niagara winemaking pioneer. For more than 30 years, we have been crafting fine VQA ...

  • Flat Rock Cellars

    We are here at Flat Rock for two reasons. First, we’re here to make great wine. Second, we’re her...

  • Thirty Bench Wines

    Thirty Bench is a producer of premium wines grown exclusively on estate vineyards in the Beamsvil...

  • Malivoire Wine Company

    These clever organic farmers welcome guests at their unique winery store. Malivoire’s practical ...

  • Ancient Coast Wines

    Many years ago, a massive inland sea, larger than the great lakes, covered most of Ontario. Over ...

  • Lailey Vineyards

    William Lailey was a pioneer of Canadian viticulture. In the early 1950's he planted and propagat...

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Niagara Peninsula on Snooth

  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Old Vines 2014

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    The acidic, wild berry aroma and flavour of this well-made Baco Noir will appeal to old-style drinkers of Ontario wines; to wit, the wine is bright, filled with cranberry tartness and finishes short. It is a pocket of history in a bottle and worth drinking - especially if you are eating seafood or light entrees. Worth trying. 85 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Fox, no dessert wine? Nothing to match up with the food or just had enough ... ... ... Proprietors' Reserve Niagara Peninsula VQA) made from Vidal that was awesome with vanilla bean gelato.OK, RBA can relate to what we had this evening - 2010 Prince Michel Cab Franc.For a Virginia cab franc, this is not bad. Not much on the nose, maybe a hint ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Peller Estates Ice Cuvee Classic Niagara Peninsula Vqa NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cave Spring Cellars Riesling Niagara 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by POMBERO


  • Thanks everyone for all the information. I absolutely love blue cheese. The ... Inniskillin Appellation VQA Niagara Peninsula . Ontario Canada.  The bottle is narrow and is 375 ml.Looking for an occasion for having it but have learned that finding the right time to drink something special is almost impossible. The best occasion is creating one... Read More

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  • Stratus Charles Baker Riesling 2011

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    Stewed white fruit - especially gooseberry - dominates the nose with some incipient petrol. On the palate (especially entry), there is MacIntosh apple acidity and lime. Truly delicious, this wine lacks almost for nothing - maybe just a bit more density. Otherwise, seek out and buy as much as you can find. Few Rhinegau beat this baby... one of C... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Baco Noir Henry of Pelham Niagara Ontario 2005

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    This is both an excellent drinking wine and it also has a hidden secret. I have not run across a better wine for making meat sauces or gravies. It has a certain earthiness in keeping with the 'baco' aspect of its name. Red meats, grilled or roasted, fit perfectly with it. Read More

    Wine review by HubertOHearn


  • Thirty Bench Wines Thirty Bench Riesling Blanc NV

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    aint yellow in the class with a slight orange cast, this wine smells of plum, fresh peach and lime. In the mouth, the wine is incredibly juicy and delicious mouthwatering acidity and a strong mineral character as body. Highly recommended to pizz and pasta as perfect match in a hot summer. Read More

    Wine review by MapleAlan


  • Peller Estates Merlot Niagara Peninsula Vqa Private Reserve 2008

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    Very good with steak, quinoa, mushrooms. Read More

    Wine review by Bresmith


  • Vineland Estates Winery Cabernet Franc Niagara Peninsula Vqa Reserve 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by susan ad


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