As the autumn leaves turn and the air gets crisper, there's nothing more delightful than unwinding with a glass of wine that tells a tale of the land it's from. From the charming vineyards of Prince Edward County to the pioneering spirit of Niagara wineries, like Inniskillin, our wine landscape is a treasure trove of elegant flavours and captivating stories. So, if you’re searching for new wines to try, the unique world of Ontario wines awaits!
At Wine Rack, you can discover Ontario’s great wine regions, like the beautiful region of Niagara, home to Jackson-Triggs, Canada’s award-winning winery. We have an amazing assortment of local wines, so finding new favourites has never been easier. But before we explore some of Ontario’s best wineries, let’s dive into Ontario’s wine story and what makes our terroir so special.
Ontario's Wine Heritage: An Expression of Terroir
Ontario's cool climate not only makes for beautiful snowy winters but also for producing some of the most exciting wines. Ontario has a unique terroir characterized by the 3Ls:
- Latitude: Situated at 41° to 44° North, Ontario shares the same latitude as other famous wine regions, like Tuscany in Northern Italy.
- Lakes: Ontario’s vineyards are located near the Great Lakes – Ontario, Erie, and Huron. The proximity to the lakes helps moderate the extreme temperatures of our continental climate, which is ideal for grape cultivation.
- Limestone: The soils in the Great Lakes basin contain a variety of sand, clay, rock, and a high concentration of limestone, which gives nutrients and minerals to our grapes.