Ontario has a cool weather climate. Wineries located in Niagara-on-the-Lake have the advantage of warming temperatures from the surrounding bodies of water. Wine travelers will notice wind fans scattered throughout many vineyards. These fans are typically used during the late fall and during the spring. In some areas they are utilized during the winter. The fans can push the cold air near the ground out and replace it with slightly warmer air above the vineyard. During the winter these fans may make the difference in preventing the loss of certain vines such as Merlot.
The use of Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) encourages the quality of wines. Wines with VQA approval have VQA on each bottle. This is a regulatory alliance but consumers should remember that participation by wineries is voluntary. The use of this designation gives the consumer the opportunity to know about their potential wine purchase. However, as with other countries where regulatory systems are in existence, this does not guarantee the wine will be good or that you will like the wine. However, it does give you certain information about the wine including knowing that all the grapes are from Ontario.
Ontario has a number of wine regions. The main regions from east to west include:
Prince Edward County
Niagara Escarpment & Twenty Valley
Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island
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