Top 100 red wines of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Discover the top 100 best red wines of Niagara-on-the-Lake of Niagara-on-the-Lake as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the red wines that are popular of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a regional VQA appellation in Ontario, Canada, on the southern shores of Lake Ontario and surrounded by water on three sides. It produces the largest Volume of ice wine in the world, more so than the style's homeland of Germany. Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Vidal are planted widely for this style. There are around 20 wineries in operation here and international wine-producing powerhouses such as Inniskillin, Jackson Triggs and Peller Estate are collectively responsible for the majority of Canadian ice wines sold outside of Canada.

The consistent Climate is well suited to the production of ice wine. Its vineyards enjoy a growing season brought about by the temperature-moderating capacities of the lake. Some Dry wines are also made in Niagara-on-the-Lake. These usually feature Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.

In terms of Size, the appellation is a middle ground between the broader Niagara Peninsula VQA and four smaller sub-appellations within its borders. These are Niagara Lakeshore, Four Mile Creek, Niagara River and St David's Bench. The western boundary runs along the Welland Canal, a shipping facility that is an important Part of the St Lawrence Seaway. The high ridge of the Niagara Escarpment forms an obvious southern boundary, and the Niagara River separates Niagara-on-the-Lake from the US state of New York in the east.

Discover the grape variety: Baco noir

It is the only vinifera-riparia that has been commercialized. It is the result of crossing the folle blanche with the riparia grand glabre created in 1902 by François Baco. Depending on the region, we can still find some small plots of black Baco vines often mixed with other varieties. You will also find trellises or arbors installed a long time ago in front of old houses and still maintained in a more than remarkable way thanks to the great vigour of this variety. It should be noted that there is also a white baco resulting from the crossing of the folle blanche by the noah and resembling much the latter.

Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Niagara-on-the-Lake

red wines from the region of Niagara-on-the-Lake go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or pork such as recipes of beef with dark beer, rolled lamb shoulder with herbs or rabbit in white wine (casserole).

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Niagara-on-the-Lake

On the nose in the region of Niagara-on-the-Lake often reveals types of flavors of oaky, earth or tree fruit and sometimes also flavors of vegetal, floral or dried fruit. In the mouth in the region of Niagara-on-the-Lake is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

News from the vineyard of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Tributes paid to Paul Pender

Canada’s wine community is mourning the sudden loss of beloved Ontario winemaker Paul Pender. Passing away at the age of just 54, Pender died ‘unexpectedly under tragic circumstances’ on 4 February, 2022, as announced by sister wineries Tawse and Redstone.    Before becoming director of viticulture and winemaking at Tawse and Redstone, he was a carpenter. When he developed an allergy to the dust and solvents, he went back to school to study winemaking at Niagara College in 2004. Pender’s interns ...

Best in Show: The top 50 wines of DWWA 2022

The 0.27% of entries awarded Best in Show at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards reflect the inspiring world of wine and quest for quality among winemakers globally, with 50 wines expressing the best of their categories. An all-time record for wines tasted at the world’s largest wine competition, it’s quite possible that Decanter World Wine Awards 2022 marks the largest-ever wine competition to be held in history. And of the record-breaking 18,244 wines tasted, just 50 were ...

Família Torres establishes new base in Galicia

Torres is best known for producing wines across Spanish regions including Catalunya, Rioja and Ribera del Duero. It also has an international presence with Miguel Torres in Chile and Marimar in Sonoma, California, but for more than a decade it has been producing wines in Galicia too. This aspect of its portfolio started with the purchase of a 6ha vineyard in the Salnés subregion, producing the upmarket wine Blanco Granito based on Rías Baixas’ star variety, Albariño. The wine is made from a uniq ...