NIAGARA ESCARPMENT & GREATER NIAGARA WINERIES
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ARROWHEAD SPRING VINEYARDS
LEONARD OAKES ESTATE WINERY
MARJIM MANOR, THE WINERY AT
NIAGARA LANDING WINE CELLARS
SCHULZE VINEYARDS & WINERY
NEW YORK WINE REGIONS:
& GREATER NIAGARA
The Niagara Escarpment was officially recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2005 and the larger “Greater Niagara” region is one of the fasting growing wine regions in America. The geography of the Niagara Escarpment and surrounding area have a unique climate that is one of the warmest in New York State due to proximity to the Great Lakes and the Escarpment itself, which traps warm air currents from Lake Ontario. The dolomitic limestone soil of the Escarpment and the gravel silts near the lakeshore, along with a moderate climate, are ideal for growing grapes and a wide variety of fruit.
Representing the bench lands along the Niagara Escarpment, west of St. Catharines to Grimsby, this complex region encompasses three sub-appellations: Short Hills Bench, Twenty Mile Bench, and Beamsville Bench. The air circulation and frost protection provided by the bench topography and steady water supply define unique conditions for grape berry maturation across this region and contribute to the distinctive and refreshing style of bench wines. The region is known for its Native and French-American varietals with European varietals coming on. (sources: VQA Ontario and New York Wine & Grape Foundation)