Lailey Vineyards

(905) 468-0503 15940 Niagara Pkwy
Niagara-on-the-Lake, L0S 1J0
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William Lailey was a pioneer of Canadian viticulture. In the early 1950's he planted and propagated some of Niagara's first French hybrid varieties. In 1970, Donna and David Lailey purchased the land from William and Nora Lailey, David's parents. In addition to French hybrid grapes, the land was cultivated in pears, sweet cherries and peaches. Donna and David began a transformation of the 20 acre farm into a vineyard. In consultation with industry leaders, they planted vitis vinifera and French hybrids for the production of quality wine at local wineries. In 1991, Donna Lailey was crowned the first-ever Grape Queen of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. The crown is awarded to the best vineyard of the season. The crown is normally given to a King and the title is and was the "Grape King" until Donna insisted that she be called a Queen. Donna Lailey was also the only female founding member of the Vintner's Quality Alliance (VQA). In the spring of 2003, Lailey Vineyard acquired an additional three acres Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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