Ontario: Canada Wine Region

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 at 12:00 am

ontario wineOntario is the second largest province in Canada. It is located in the east-central part of the country and has the largest population.

The province largely consists of  three main geographical regions. The northwestern and Central portions covers half the land in the province and although infertile it is covered with rich minerals. Extending between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie to the East and Lake Huron to the West is where Ontario wine producers grow their grapes.

The fertile soils and moderate climate combine to produce orchards and vineyards yielding fruits of unique character and supreme quality.

The Ontario growing region lies most between the 52º and 41º placing them in the middle of the northern grape growing belt. The same latitude as Bordeau, France and the Northern wine regions of California.

Ontario has four distinct growing regions: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore, Pelee Island, Prince Edward County and Toronto. The majority of the wineries are located in the Niagara Peninsula.