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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Thirty Bench Wines

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

  • Le Clos Jordanne

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

  • Lailey Vineyards

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

  • Tawse Estates

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

  • Henry of Pelham Family Estate

    Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery is a premium estate winery located on the Short Hills Ben...

  • Stratus

    Explore the wines of Stratus by visiting the winery located in the historic town of Niagara-on-...

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Niagara Peninsula on Snooth

  • Inniskillin Riesling Late Autumn 2009

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    Pale straw colour. Fragrant melon and rosebud. A nice delicate late Riesling. Leaning slightly more tart than sweet, but just by a tad. Starts sweet on the palette tending to a tart finish. Good value! Read More

    Wine review by 584182NiagaraWiner 584182 NiagaraWiner


  • Tawse Quarry Road Pinot Noir 2009

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    One of many great Niagara '09 Pinots. Dark cherry, mocha and soil on the nose. More cherry, dark fruits and mocha on the palate. Very full body with a nice long finish. The full flavors come out after a few hours of decanting. Read More

    Wine review by Scott Rouse


  • Tawse Estates Riesling Sketches of Niagara 2007

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    A nice mid-dry Riesling with fruity citrus but enough mineralness to keep it dry and from being overly sweet. I've enjoyed a few bottles. Read More

    Wine review by Scott Rouse


  • Lakeview Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007

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    A very nice Cab. Chocolate/ mocha with subtle fruit on the nose. Full bodied with mocha and cherry and light tannins. Have enjoyed several bottles. Can cellar for a few years. Read More

    Wine review by Scott Rouse


  • The Foreign Affair Winery Cabernet Franc Appassimento 2007

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    Had a sample at the winery and had to have it, despite the pricetag. An amazing wine done in the "Amarone" Appassimento style of drying the grapes. Trying to save it for special occasion but it might not make it. Read More

    Wine review by Scott Rouse


  • Angels Gate Winery Riesling Niagara Peninsula Vqa Sussreserve 2010

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

    Wine review by Scott Rouse


  • Peller Family Estates Ice Cuvee Rose Sparkling Wine

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    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 Classic Niagara Peninsula Vqa NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Calamus


  • Beamsville Bench Chardonnay Vqa 2008

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    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

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    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


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