The Niagara and Ontario areas are quickly becoming known as a premier wine country location. The area is dotted with various wineries, all producing excellent wine. The industry continues to grow and today there are many tour companies looking to take wine lovers across the beautiful landscape to many of the wineries for tastings.
Due to the cool climate, the wines that thrive and form the foundation of the Niagara wineries are Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Carbernet Franc. Other wines perform well in the area too, but these wines are the starting point as they make up the vast majority.
If you’re interested in participating in this great wine community, your options extend beyond tours. There are many wine events and festivals held throughout the year. Notably, the Niagara Icewine Festival is held in January. This festival is not to be missed, for it celebrates an iconic product that many might be unfamiliar with, the Icewine. One winery to visit, Inniskillin, brought Icewine to the forefront when it won an international award in 1991. Icewine is called such because it is made from grapes that are frozen on the vine (again highlighting the wonderful winery climate that the Niagara area has). This process results in a very sweet wine with unique flavors that cannot be achieved using other methods.
Overall, a great many events take place in Niagara’s wine country, ranging from events designed to help you look into specific types of wine (like the Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, focusing on Chardonnay only) to events that help you sample a wide range of wines (like the Niagara New Vintage Festival, in which over 35 different wineries celebrate the start of the new vintage). There is very seriously something for everybody. There are even events that focus on food and wine pairings, because after all, what’s a good meal without a wine next to it?
Of course, that brings us to the next point of experiencing Niagara wine, which is to dine at many of the areas fine restaurants. Many of the restaurants serve the local wine and have staff happy to give you pairing recommendations. However when it comes to Niagara Falls restaurants it’s recommended that you select a location that will be conducive to a wine pairing. You should be able to find something online.
It’s a good time to be a wine lover in the Niagara area!