[PRESENTED BY WINERIES OF NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE]
Fall is a very exciting time of year in Niagara when harvest is underway and wine country is buzzing with activity. This is what grape growers, vineyard managers, winemakers and production teams work toward all year-long. This is when they get to pick the fruits of their labour and transform the bounty of this year’s crop into exceptional VQA wines. And this year has been an amazing year for grape growing.
There is really no better time to visit the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake as there is an incredible energy in Niagara during harvest that is palpable. Many of the wineries produce estate grown and bottled wines so all the harvest activity happens on premise. You can immerse yourself in wine country and appreciate up close the intricate work that goes on behind the scenes to make the wines you love.
While you are visiting, our team members would be delighted to answer any questions you have about this year’s harvest and the outlook for the 2018 vintage. Harvest can be quite fascinating and winery staff love to share their knowledge. For example, did you know that Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes destined for sparkling wines are typically the first grapes to be picked? These grapes are harvested early at a slightly unripe point to help maintain acidity in the finished wine so that your glass of bubbly is zesty and refreshing. With so much to see and do, plan a day or maybe two!
Download the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake printable map to help you better explore wine country and make the most of your visit.