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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Niagara Peninsula View all

  • Tawse Estates

    The Tawse Winery is nestled in the gentle slopes of our 32-acre vineyard located on the Vineland ...

  • Strewn Estate Winery

    At Strewn, we're committed to making premium VQA wines from grapes grown in the Niagara peninsula...

  • Hillebrand Estates Winery

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

  • Le Clos Jordanne

    Le Clos Jordanne is a remarkable partnership between Vincor Canada and Boisset France. It symboli...

  • Cave Spring Cellars

    Great winemaking finds its origins through a marriage of vision, passion and patience. More than ...

  • Château des Charmes

    The story of Château des Charmes begins over five generations ago with a family that traces its r...

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Niagara Peninsula on Snooth

  • Angels Gate Winery Riesling Niagara Peninsula Vqa Sussreserve 2010


    Refreshing citrus fruit sweetness but finishes dry and clean. Must pick up more from the winery Read More

    Wine review by Scott Rouse

  • Peller Estates Ice Cuvee Rose


    It is a pretty salmon pink in the glass; not too sweet and soft with gentle sparkle. Summer berries, light peach, and currant flavours: it is a tasty pre-dinner treat. Read More

    Wine review by Calamus

  • Peller Estates Ice Cuvee NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Calamus

  • Beamsville Bench Chardonnay Vqa 2008


    It looks like a lemon tart and smells a bit buttery. The first sip is a citrusy splash with a touch of caramel and spice. Perfect for an over-cast warm day. Read More

    Wine review by Calamus

  • Tawse Estates Riesling 2010


    This Ontario offering has wonderful acidity - bracing and full of apple, pear and nectarine. The wine is all Canadian - none of the smooth unction of an over-worked and under-alcoholic Mosel, but imbued with bubbly excitement and New World verve. An excellent wine from an very good producer. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • G. Marquis the Silver Line Single Vineyard Niagara Stone Road Pinot Noir 2010


    This Ontario, Canada Pinot Noir is quite dark and brooding - colour-wise - showing a promise of good extraction. The nose is quite pH acidic with elements of "cat's pee" or mouth-puckering wild cranberry juice, or perhaps sour cherry. This acidity cannot be easily shaken from the nostrils. On the palate we have true Pinot characteristics - wit... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Hillebrand Winery Producteur Red Trius 2010


    Trius from Hillebrand impresses once again. Medium bodied, with lush tannins and warm, dark fruits. It's suspended finish intrigues the senses and warms the soul. Good balance, nice oak, and impressive structure! Read More

    Wine review by king fish

  • No. 99 Wayne Gretzky Estates Unoaked Chardonnay Vqa Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2008


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    Wine review by nventure

  • Trius 'Red' Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2010


    Still young with gripping tannins but nice fleshiness w ripe berries and plum, rich cassis and penicl shaving w dark cocao on the finish. Decant for 2 hours or cellar for 2-6 years. Read More

    Wine review by mikebvew

  • Trius 'Red' Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2010


    A dark velvet-purple blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.Sweet, silky texture, light tannins, beautiful balance. Dry with notes of dark berries, chocolate, and some minerality. Medium-bodied and a medium finish Read More

    Wine review by king fish

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