The birthplace of modern Canadian winemaking
Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to some of the oldest and most established wine producing vineyards in Canada. Our wineries have been growing and producing world-class wines from vinifera varietals for more than four decades. The efforts of pioneer winemakers in this region were instrumental in propelling Canada onto the world’s wine stage and positioning Niagara-on-the-Lake as a premium wine growing region.
Bordered by Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, our climate is moderated and temperatures are generally warmer so that grapes ripen very well. An earlier spring in Niagara-on-the-Lake means our grapes have a longer growing season, resulting in ripeness at harvest and better depth of flavour in our wines.
Our wineries are differentiated by geology, soil, elevations and variations in temperature and precipitation that all have an effect on the wines being produced. Because of this diversity in “terroir” wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake are varied and cover the range of light and fresh, a touch sweet, soft and savoury and full, tannic and powerful.
Taste the Season November 2021
COMING November 2021! Celebrate the season’s bounty with exceptional VQA wines and Holiday-inspired food pairings experiences at each of our member wineries.
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The making of wine in Niagara-on-the-Lake has a tradition that goes back to the early soldiers of the historic War of 1812. It is only fitting that Palatine Hills Estate now produces modern wines from the very lands where these soldiers once fought.