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Hi from Niagara, Canada!

Posted by NiagaraWiner, Oct 1, 2012.

Nowhere near a wine expert nor an aficionado. Just a guy who enjoys a good glass (or two!) of affordable wine. At any given time my cellar includes about half Ontario VQA wines. Try some beyond the well-known ice wines! I also enjoy writing the odd non-conventional review.


Reply by EMark, Oct 2, 2012.

Welcome to the Snooth Forum NW.  Like you, just about everybody here is an afficionado, and, also like you, most of the participants' expertise is limited.

Being a California wine bigot, I am unfamiliar with the nomenclature "Ontario VQA wines."  Can you give me a quick primer? 

Reply by NiagaraWiner, Oct 2, 2012.

Hi EMARK, thank for the reply. A good website that explains VQA is 

Otherwise I suppose the easiest way to describe VQA is by using wiki....



Vintners Quality Alliance, or VQA, is a regulatory and appellation system which guarantees the high quality and authenticity of origin for Canadian wines made under that system in British Columbia and Ontario. It is similar to regulatory systems in France (AOC), Italy (DOC), and Germany (QmP). The VQA system allows for sub-appellations, by which the grapes for wines are sourced from extremely specific geographical locations with different soil and climate. This is in accordance with the concept of terroir.

Total production for Ontario appellation wines is approximately 20,000 tonnes.

  • Regional Appellations:
    • Regional Appellation - Lake Erie North Shore
    • Regional Appellation - Pelee Island
    • Regional Appellation - Prince Edward County
    • Regional Appellation - Niagara Peninsula (includes all appellations below, Canada's largest)
      • Collective sub-appellation - Niagara Escarpment (includes the 3 sub-appellations below)
      • Collective sub-appellation - Niagara-on-the-Lake (includes the 4 sub-appellations immediately below)
        • Sub-appellation - Niagara River
        • Sub-appellation - Niagara Lakeshore
        • Sub-appellation - Four Mile Creek
        • Sub-appellation - St. David’s Bench
      • Sub-appellation - Vinemount Ridge
      • Sub-appellation - Creek Shores
      • Sub-appellation - Lincoln Lakeshore
Reply by EMark, Oct 2, 2012.

Thank you, NW.  I guess mine was one of those questions that when you hear the answer, you think "Well, duh."

I loved the map at the web site.  Between that and the list you provided in your response, I have a pretty good handle on it.

I look forward to learning more about Ontario QVA wines from you. :-)

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