Characterizing the Terroir of Niagara: What Causes Differences in Wine?

Grape vines in Niagara on the Lake

Did you know that the Niagara peninsula represents the largest planted area of vineyards in all of Canada? The area boasts a whopping 46 grape varieties over 13,000 acres of gorgeous vineyard. Our climate and soil produce fantastic wines, with the most common varieties being Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Vintage Hotels is pleased to work with some of the best wineries in the area, all producing premium wine that we’re proud to serve at our hotels, restaurants, and catered events. You can visit several of them on our exclusive Wine Trolley Signature Tour!

Why is the Niagara Region Ideal for Winemaking?

The region’s success in winemaking can be attributed to two key features: its consistent cool climate and its rich, fertile soil.

The constant circulation of breezes between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment helps moderate extreme hot and cold temperatures, allowing for vines to flourish.

The soil of the Niagara region is varied in composition, consisting of clays, sedimentary rock, and silts and sands. This promotes biodiversity, allowing many different grape varietals to thrive.

Frosted grapes for making icewine at Sue-Ann Staff Winery in Niagara on the Lake

Sue-Ann Staff Winery

This award-winning winery is a must-see for wine lovers, with wine flights that allow you to sample their premium wines at an affordable price. Enjoy their 2019 Riesling Loved by Lu, which contains notes of citron, fresh green apple, and lemon zest. Alternatively, sample an Ontario classic with their 2016 Howard’s Icewine Vidal, where you’ll be treated to notes of candied lemon peel, orange marmalade, and peach jam. 

The Hare Wine Co. Building Shot

The Hare Wine Co.

With its romantic architecture and world-class wines, you’ll be enchanted by The Hare. Their one-on-one tasting experience in their relaxing tasting room includes a custom flight of four of their outstanding VQA wines, along with expert recommendations from their staff.

Try their 2018 Silver Noble Merlot, which delights the senses with rich notes of dark chocolate and raspberry and a silky-smooth finish.

Grape vines and a wind machine at Château des Charmes winery in Niagara on the Lake

Château des Charmes

Old world elegance meets modern sophistication at Château des Charmes. Choose from a variety of winetasting experiences when you visit, from classic whites and reds to sparkling wines and icewine. Enjoy delectable pairings like artisan cheese, gourmet chocolates, charcuterie, and even ice cream to enhance the wine’s incredible flavour profile.

Bring home a bottle of their 2021 Rosé, with its refreshing notes of strawberry and cranberry.

Arial view of the Cave Springs Vineyard in Niagara on the Lake

Cave Spring Vineyard

Named after the limestone caves and sparkling mineral springs onsite, Cave Spring Vineyard is a spectacular stop on any winery tour. Enjoy their Wine and Cheese Tasting, where four artisanal cheeses (handpicked by our chefs at Inn On The Twenty) will be paired with four of their premium wines.

For your own tasting at home, sip on their 2021 Riesling Dry, characterized by its bite of citrus and steely acidity.

Grape vines at Queenston Mile Vineyard in Niagara on the Lake

Queenston Mile Vineyard

The staff at Queenston Mile Vineyard have been immersed in the art and science of winemaking for over two decades. Check out their Signature Wine Tasting, where you’ll sample four of their estate bottled wines alongside a selection of artisan cheeses.

For enjoying at home, try their Proud Pour Pinot Noir, with its smooth profile with notes of beetroot and wild strawberry.

Wine Trolley Tour visiting wineries in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Explore Niagara Wine Country with Vintage Hotels

We love wine country as much as you do, and there’s no better way to explore all Niagara has to offer than to stay with us! From our luxurious accommodations to our Wine Trolley Signature Tour, we have everything you need for a fabulous retreat to wine country that will surprise and delight you. Book with us today for an unforgettable getaway!

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