This appellation, found within the boundaries of the Niagara Peninsula, reaps the benefits of the bench topography which provides the continuous air circulation that moderates temperature and results in consistent growing conditions. Soils are generally deep and well drained and numerous streams provide seasonal water supply. Although a relatively small appellation, the Beamsville Bench exhibits a unique set of conditions that establishes these wines as being some of the best of the Niagara region.
Warm summer heat, beginning in May and continuing well into the third week of October, gaurantees a long growing season and fully mature, well ripened grapes come harvest time.
Soils vary from shale, limestone, gravel, sand and clay , creating natural unique characteristics to the wines of this appellation.
Since Thomas Jefferson first tried to cultivate European vinifera in Virginia, the state has been a decided piece of American wine country. Over the years better knowledge, equipment and materials have all contributed to an advancing wine industry, but the more recent decade or two has brought out the real potential that can be found.
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