It’s only natural that the best wines for that locally sourced meal come from Ontario.
[dropcap custom_class=”bl”]T[/dropcap]here’s Bordeaux and Burgundy, Napa and Tuscany. And if you’re willing to travel there is even Barossa and Marlborough. But one of the greatest wine-producing regions in the world is right here in Ontario.
In fact, there are about 150 wineries in the province, producing world-class vintages that offer unique flavours reflecting unique local soils and climate. They’re wines that are truly of the place they are created, and so they pair perfectly with the locally sourced and organically grown food that more and more restaurants are turning to. It’s only natural. The province’s cool climate produces elegant wines with natural acidity that make them an excellent complement with local food.
Ontario’s major wine regions are:
Lake Erie North Shore & Pelee Island
Canada’s southernmost stretch of land running along Lake Erie’s north shore, boasts beach-front beauty and the province’s longest growing season. The intense summer heat and cooling lake breezes are perfect for producing full-bodied wines.[/two_third][/row_fluid]
Niagara Escarpment & Twenty Valley
The Niagara Escarpment is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve for good reasons. It provides a habitat for hundreds of plant and animal species; it’s responsible for the wondrous Niagara Falls; it’s the backbone of Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, the Bruce Trail; and it’s vital to the distinctive microclimate that supports Ontario’s most active wine region.
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The birthplace of Ontario’s modern wine industry, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a place where rural life blends seamlessly with sophisticated entertainment. Relax in charming B&Bs, replenish with indulgent spa experiences, and then savour delectable local food paired with delicious VQA wines.
Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County has been touted as one of Canada’s top tourist destinations. More often than not, its pastoral setting will inspire you to ditch your map and meander through the quaint towns and villages in search of tucked-away treasures such as artisanal cheeses, gourmet hot dogs and impressive wineries, all inspired by a dedication to local ingredients.
100 Best Restaurants Wine County Ontario Members:
If you’re hunting for that perfect mix of local flavours and vintages, visit Wine Country Ontario (winecountryontario.ca). Its We Love Wine Country Ontario page helps you easily search for restaurants within 15km radius that serve Ontario VQA wines. The site also offers a great wine tour route planner if you’d rather enjoy the fruits of the vine right where they’re grown.