The difference between white wine and red wine has to do with the winemaking process itself. After the finest white wine grapes are chosen, they are sorted and pressed, then left to settle. This allows the skins, seeds and stems to fall to the bottom of the tanks. White wine is made only from the clear white wine grape juice. No seeds, skins or stems are used.
Niagara wine is grown from grapes nurtured in the sunny climes of the Niagara Escarpment. The 43 degree North latitude echoes that of the Languedoc regions of Southern France and the Chianti Classico of Italy; all known for their exquisite white wines. The limestone soils which rim Lake Ontario merge with elements of chalk and clay, creating quite favourable conditions for growing Vitis vinifera white wine grapes. The most popular varietals grown for Niagara wine are Vidal Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewürztraminer.
The Niagara Escarpment produces wonderful white wines with balanced acidity, but the absolute Niagara wine crown has to go to our elegant icewines. Supple, rich and intensely flavoured, our gold medal Riesling Icewine has been met with global acclaim. A delectable acidity accompanies the honey, peach and lemon bouquet, carrying through sweetly on the palate. The long, smooth finish owes to our generations of successful winemaking, as well as the grand climate, allowing grapes to ripen, grow and mature. Winter’s freeze arrives at just the right time. Picked when still on the vine, frozen Riesling grapes have a reduced water content, concentrating into a sublime nectar, making it a natural companion for first course pate or cheese. This versatile sipping wine is also excellent paired with a delicious fruit pastry final course.
It is our pleasure to share the frozen fruits our labours with white wine aficionados the world over. We invite you to discover the delicious flavours awaiting you in our online selection of Niagara wine for an enlightening experience in white wine from one of Canada’s most southern areas and the jewel of the Niagara wine region, Ontario’s own Niagara Escarpment.