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Niagara holds the secret to top Ontario wines

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Niagara holds the secret to top Ontario wines

By Jane Stokes

If Ontario is not the first place that comes to mind for high-quality wine, a few of these lesser known facts do speak for its esteem:

  • Ontario is the largest wine region in Canada and its vineyards are on the same latitude as Burgundy in France.
  • While Ontario is world-renowned for its Icewine, growers in this cool climate also excel in the aromatic white varietals of Chardonnay and Riesling, and red varietals such as Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet.
  • Icewine is most often made from Vidal grapes, but there are many selections using vinifera varieties, such as Cabernet Franc and Riesling. Approximately 6,000 tons of Icewine grapes produce up to 960,000 litres of this Canadian specialty.
  • The decal VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) indicates official approval by this regulatory and appellation system and guarantees high quality and authenticity. VQA tells the buyer, for example, that the wine is made of 100 percent Ontario-grown grapes.
  • The wine made from Ontario’s grapes generates 14,000 jobs, $593 million in wages, and $3.3 billion in economic impact.

Jane Stokes is a freelance writer and is a Canadian Chapter member in the Society of American Travel Writers.

— Courtesy of News Canada

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