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Ontario is the most productive wine-producing province within Canada, accounting for the majority of its wines. Though it is located in the middle of the world’s “wine belt,” at 41 - 44 degrees N (the same as Tuscany, Burgundy, and Oregon), the climate is a bit cooler. But it is still very well suited to grape-growing. Four of the Great Lakes (Ontario, Erie, Huron, and Superior) are in Ontario, as well dozens of freshwater lakes, providing plenty of irrigation. Most of the vineyards are situated in the south, parallelling the US border, along the shorelines of Lakes Erie and Ontario, where it is most warm. The soils are a combination of glacial sediment and clay-loam. 
 
The Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) of Ontario regulates the labeling and quality of the wines. For a single varietal to be declared on a label, the wine must be 85% of that varietal. Labrusca varietals had been the norm for grape plantings, as in most of Canada, due to their hardiness in cold Read more »

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  • Baco Noir

    Baco Noir is a hybrid red wine grape created at the beginning of the 20th century by French hybridizer, Francois Baco...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

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  • I just may.  Consider attending, I mean.  La Stella makes some very good Italian-style whites and more eclectic, but still Italian-influenced reds.  They are pricey, and you usually need access to a good VQA store (for those who don't know, this is the Vintner's Quality Alliance - a so-called Canadian quality control and marketing device - mostl... Read More

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  • Ravine Sand and Gravel Chardonnay 2016

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    Pear, Tropical Fruit, Lemon Meringue Pie, caramel, and oak. Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Ravine Sand and Gravel Chardonnay 2016

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    Most people love Niagara Falls because it is such a magical place! There is something in the air, in the water, in the soil, or something in the atmosphere that makes this place so special. Or maybe all of them put together makes the perfect scenario for growing a vineyard and producing fantastic wines. Pssstby the way..Canada produces amazing w... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Pillitteri Estates Winery Cabernet Franc Niagara-On-the-Lake Vqa NV

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    Too sharp on the tongue. Didn't care for it. Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Peller Estates Ice Cuvee Classic Niagara Peninsula Vqa NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Thanks everyone for all the information. I absolutely love blue cheese. The wine is a 2007 Inniskillin Appellation VQA Niagara Peninsula . Ontario Canada.  The bottle is narrow and is 375 ml.Looking for an occasion for having it but have learned that finding the right time to drink something special is almost impossible. The best occasion is cre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ice Wine


  • Stratus Charles Baker Riesling 2011

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    Stewed white fruit - especially gooseberry - dominates the nose with some incipient petrol. On the palate (especially entry), there is MacIntosh apple acidity and lime. Truly delicious, this wine lacks almost for nothing - maybe just a bit more density. Otherwise, seek out and buy as much as you can find. Few Rhinegau beat this baby... one of C... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I looked at the charts you linked.  Very interesting, especially the last page.  I shows the bulk wine gallons by state.  California, no surprise there: 111,313,067    Washington: 5,649,460   Virginia: 90,424I am guessing that these 250 wineries are not making hundreds of cases of their wines!  Does Virginia have any kind of quality overseer?Bri... Read More

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  • Norman Hardie Pinot Noir Prince Edward County Vqa County 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Peller Estates Merlot Niagara Peninsula Vqa Private Reserve 2008

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    Very good with steak, quinoa, mushrooms. Read More

    Wine review by Bresmith


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