Wine lovers have more opportunities than ever before to taste their favorite beverages. They can order wine online, and have it delivered at any place in the world. If you are purchasing products from an Ontario winery, most probably you would be ordering the famous ice wines of this region.
Legend has it that the first ice wine was created when a wine producer returned too late to harvest grapes, and found that the grapes had already frozen due to the winter frost. Rather than discard the produce, he used the frozen grapes to create wine, and the resulting product came to be known as ice wine. Ice wines are known for their sweeter and richer than usual flavors.
An Ontario winery may be situated in one of the four major wine growing regions: Niagara Peninsula, Pelee Island, Lake Erie North Shore, and Prince Edward County. Within each of these regions are smaller regions, with different soil types and minute differences in climatic conditions.
Picturesque location, winery friendly climate
The Pelee Island wineries are located in picturesque settings, close to beaches and water bodies. The long summer days are ideal for growing grapes, which are pressed to produce rich wines. Pelee Island, reachable by ferry and located a five hour car ride away from Toronto, offers a dazzling destination for wine lovers. The wineries here offer conducted tours for visitors. Located nearby are gardens, hiking trails, and a bird sanctuary.
Visitors to a Pelee Island winery can enjoy learning about the wine making process. Most visitors are inquisitive about how grapes are grown and processed to turn them into the world famous ice wines of Ontario. Visitors are taken on tours of the barrel rooms and bar to see the wine producing process first hand, and taste the resulting wines. Many of them have on site boutiques showcasing the finest products from the winery, which make ideal souvenirs and gift items.
But what if you cannot personally visit an Ontario winery, and still crave to…