Top 10 Wine Regions
Niagara, New York and Canada
The Niagara Region (in Ontario) and the Niagara Frontier (in New York) together compose a picturesque wine-producing area whose geologic features from the Great Lakes of Ontario and Erie to the Niagara Escarpment (a 1675-foot high ridge) make not only for wondrous scenery, but have helped foster superb conditions for year-round grape growing. Moderate temperatures and rich soils allow dozens of wineries to turn out an excellent variety of vinefera grape harvests each year, from chardonnay to riesling to pinot noir and cabernet franc. The region’s biggest claim to fame, however, is its ice wine, a delicious, intensely flavored wine created from grapes harvested after the first winter frost – the region is one of the only wine-producing regions in the world to produce the coveted product with such consistency and quality. Ontario’s Wine Route (www.winesofontario.org) on the Canadian side of the region, or the Niagara Wine Trail (www.niagarawinetrail.org), on the U.S. side, each offer an excellent opportunity to tour the vineyards and taste the region’s award-winning wines. We recommend basing a Niagara wine country trip in the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, where charming bed and breakfasts, boutiques, restaurants, and shops will keep you happily occupied when not tasting the grapes of one of North America's renowned wine regions – plus, it’s only a half-hour drive from Niagara Falls.
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