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Region of the week:
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Nestled in the Niagara Peninsula between Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, this tight-knit community of 37 VQA wineries enjoys warm days, cool nights and a long growing season — perfect for ripening grapes and creating impressive wines, like Riesling, with incredible richness and depth of flavour.



What locals love about Niagara-on-the-Lake

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“Riesling is a perfect example of a wine we make that is better than anywhere else in the world. The variety of sugar and sweetness from dry to medium sweet make it a match for any palate.”
—Shelley, LCBO Product Consultant, St. Catharines

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“I make handcrafted wine jellies with locally sourced wine. I think people are always surprised by how good our local wines are. I love Niagara Chardonnay and the oakier the better; Trius has a really nice one and I really enjoy Gretzky’s Chardonnay.”
—Tracy Hanson, owner, Tracy’s Wine Jellies, Niagara-on-the-Lake

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“I sell my sommelier glasses in a few different Niagara wineries, like Strewn Winery. Their Riesling is really nice, especially on a hot day. Niagara wineries also do Icewine really well.”
—Steven Woodruff, owner, Studio Vine Glass, Niagara Falls

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“We showcase Niagara VQA Wines against international wines at our restaurant to show how amazing they are. The first wines I started doing pairings with were from Stratus. They're super great value and quality for the price.”
—Ryan Crawford, chef/owner, Ruffino's Pasta Bar & Grill, Niagara-on-the-Lake


Local Find: Chardonnay

Niagara’s cool climate creates exceptional Chardonnay with lots of minerality and orchard fruit flavours. This stellar white is available in a range of styles from rich, oaky classics to fresh, unoaked expressions.

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Good neighbours in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Strewn Winery

Located in the Niagara Lakeshore sub-appellation, where a long growing season produces wines with ripe fruit flavours, Strewn is one of Ontario's 13 certified sustainable VQA wineries, whose planet-friendly winemaking methods help keep our province green.

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Trius Winery

By crafting wines with 100% local grapes, Ontario VQA wineries including Trius, support local growers. And that support extends beyond the bottle: at Trius Winery Restaurant, Chef Frank Dodd shines a spotlight on local farmers and artisanal producers with Niagara-inspired, farm-to-table menus that change with the seasons.

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Wayne Gretzky Estates

Gretzky’s winery is in the sub-appellation of Four Mile Creek, a lush plain in central Niagara-on-the-Lake where a wide variety of grapes thrive, thanks to the area's warm, sunny days. Sales from the hockey legend’s products support the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, which recently partnered with the Canadian Paralympic Committee.


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Artfully Made

A champion of diversity, Jackson-Triggs Winery is a proud supporter of Vinequity, a non-profit organization raising funds to help people who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour (BIPOC) succeed at every level in the wine world. The winery's new Local Artist Series is also boosting the voices of underrepresented talent by showcasing up-and-coming musicians on its custom labels. Look for Toronto soul musician Mark Clennon on Jackson-Triggs Reserve Merlot VQA and emerging fusion artist Witch Prophet on Jackson-Triggs Reserve Chardonnay VQA, for a limited time. Scan the bottle’s QR code for a custom playlist.


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Captivating sparklers

With its cool climate, rich soils and cutting-edge wineries, Niagara-on-the-Lake produces amazing bubblies, from Brut styles, like this one to secco to sparkling rosé.

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Organic pioneers

Organic wines including this versatile white from Canada's first certified organic winery, are made without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers.

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Unique orange wines

Contact with grape skins during fermentation creates unusual, approachable wines like this newcomer, which is made with grapes from the Niagara Peninsula.


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