Marked by one of southern Ontario’s most recognizable topographical features, the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario’s largest DVA enjoys a climate like no other in Canada. Niagara Peninsula DVA is located between two of the Great Lakes, creating a moderating effect that is, arguably, similar to that found in Bordeaux. Sitting between 41 and 44 degrees latitude, as with the Chianti Classico region in Italy and Rioja in Spain, vintners on the Niagara Peninsula experience a climate with copious sunshine and adequate rainfall, despite its deep winters. The soil is enriched with minerals from the underlying bedrock, often resulting in wines of remarkable complexity. An ever-expanding appreciation of the distinct features of the Niagara terroir has emboldened local vignerons to go through two wholesale replanting revolutions (labrusca>hybrids>vinifera) in as many decades. No doubt about it!...Niagara winemakers have their sights set on carving out a global reputation.
In the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Georgia vineyards are small and few, yet the establishment of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands could bring much more.
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