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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.

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Tony Aspler
is the Regional Correspondent for Niagara Peninsula.


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The AppellationAmerica database identifies 751 wines labeled with the Niagara Peninsula designation.

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  • Beamsville Bench (DVA)
  • Creek Shores (DVA)
  • Four Mile Creek (DVA)
  • Lincoln Lakeshore (DVA)
  • Niagara Escarpment (ON) (DVA)
  • Niagara Lakeshore (DVA)
  • Niagara on the Lake (DVA)
  • Niagara River (DVA)
  • Ontario (Provincial Appellation)
  • Short Hills Bench (DVA)
  • St. David's Bench (DVA)
  • Twenty Mile Bench (DVA)
  • Vinemount Ridge (DVA)

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Vineland Estates Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc 2007 was once again a warmer harvest with riper fruit yielding this very approachable Cab Franc with sweet roasted bell pepper and raspberry aromas.
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Vineland Estates Winery 2007 Dry Riesling VQA White floral aromas welcome the nose to an apple-like tartness on the first sip. The balance of acidity is elegant & clean with a lemon grass finish.
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