Niagara Falls Vineyards & Wineries

View of a vineyardThe Niagara Region (in Ontario) and the Niagara Frontier (in New York) is located along side the Niagara River, which connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The area has rich clay-based soils which make very productive farmland, which climbs in a step (called a "bench") from Lake Ontario. The Bench runs from the Western border of Grimsby to the Eastern border of Vineland, from the Number 8 Highway to the Escarpment.

The Niagara soils once formed the lakebed of the glacial Lake Iroquois, and now consists of very heavy limestone clay (some of it dark brown, and some red). Heavy clay, similar to soils in France's Burgundy region, is relatively infertile and reduces vine vigor while promoting fruit ripening. When the ancient glaciers melted, they left behind a mix of igneous minerals, including all sorts of granite, quartzite, gneiss, and pyrite. Igneous soils are also found in the Southern European areas of the Rhone and Northern Italy.

Celbrate the grape harvest and Wine Festival The region has long humid summers and a moderate winter climate because of the warming impact of the two lakes on either side. Furthermore, the high Niagara Escarpment shelters orchards and vineyards closer to Lake Ontario from cold winter winds. This creates a high temperature band that extends along the base of the bench approximately 2-3C warmer than most of the Niagara peninsula. This boosts the ripening, and enables grapes to be harvested a week or two earlier than otherwise

Niagara wines have been recognized around the world in competitions as being outstanding, especially the ice wines, which are made from grapes harvested after the first winter frost. These rich soils and moderate climate also favour tender fruit growers with their crops, which include peaches and strawberries.

The wineries are grouped by location (east to west)

  • New York State wineries
  • Niagara River wineries
  • Niagara on The Lake wineries (including Virgil)
  • St Catharines wineries (including Thorold, Pelham)
  • Grimsby wineries (including Beamsville, Vineland)

    All Niagara Wineries, Alphabetical (with area)
    Andres Wines - Grimsby
    Angels Gate Winery - Grimsby
    Birchwood Estate Wines - Grimsby
    Caroline Cellars - Niagara on The Lake
    Cave Spring Cellars - Grimsby
    Chateau des Charmes Wines - Niagara on The Lake
    Chiappone Cellars Winery, Inc. - New York State
    Coyote's Run Estate Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Creekside Estate Winery - Grimsby
    Crown Bench Estates Winery - Grimsby
    Daniel Lenko Estate Winery - Grimsby
    De Sousa Wine Cellars - Grimsby
    Dom Vagners Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    EastDell Estate Winery - Grimsby
    Eveningside Vineyards - New York State
    Featherstone Estate Winery & Vineyard - Grimsby
    Frog Pond Farm - Niagara on The Lake
    Harbour Estates Winery - Grimsby
    Harvest Estate Wines - St Catharines
    Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery - St Catharines
    Hernder Estate Wines - St Catharines
    Hillebrand Estates Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Inniskillin Wines - Niagara on The Lake
    Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Joseph's Estate Wines - Niagara on The Lake
    Kacaba Vineyards - Grimsby
    King's Court Estate Winery - St Catharines
    Kittling Ridge Estate Wines and Spirits - Grimsby
    Konzelmann Estate Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Lailey Vineyard and Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Legends Estates Winery - Grimsby
    Lakeview Cellars Estate Winery Limited - Grimsby
    Magnotta Winery, Distillery and Brewery - Grimsby
    Maleta Estate Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Malivoire Wine Company - Grimsby
    Maple Grove Vinoteca Estate Winery - Grimsby
    Marynissen Estates Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Mountain Road Wine Company - Grimsby
    Niagara Landing Wine Cellars - New York State
    Ontario Wine Merchants Retail Tasting Centre - Niagara on The Lake
    Palatine Hills Estate Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Peller Estates Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery - Grimsby
    Pillitteri Estates Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Puddicombes Estate Farms & Winery - Grimsby

    Reif Estate Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Ridgepoint Wines - Grimsby
    Riverview Cellars - Niagara on The Lake
    Rockway Glen Estate Winery - St Catharines
    Royal DeMaria Wines - Grimsby
    Stonechurch Vineyards - Niagara on The Lake
    Stoney Ridge Cellars - Grimsby
    Strewn Estate Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery - Niagara on The Lake
    The Winery at Marjim Manor - New York State
    Thirteenth Street Wine Company - Grimsby
    Thirty Bench Vineyard and Winery - Grimsby
    Thomas & Vaughan Vintners - Grimsby
    Trillium Hill Estate Winery - St Catharines
    Vicarra Vineyards at Becker Farms - New York State
    Vineland Estates Winery & Restaurant - Grimsby
    Warm Lake Estate - New York State
    Willow Heights Winery - Grimsby
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