The term ‘appellation’ simply means the name or designation of the specific place where a wine is from. It is the grape’s region of origin. Within the Niagara Peninsula, Niagara-on-the-Lake has been classified by VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario) as a distinct area.
Within this area, the growing conditions are divided into four sub-appellations:
- Niagara River
- Niagara Lakeshore
- Four Mile Creek
- St. David’s Bench
Across this expanse of fertile land our wineries are differentiated by:
- Variations in temperature and precipitation
The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake are renowned for making wines that fully express the grape varietal and vineyard they come from.
It’s an interesting adventure to see how these factors can change the wine!