Ontario’s grape and wine country has captured the attention of enthusiastic wine lovers worldwide. Grape production in Ontario originates from three Designated Viticultural Areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore, and Prince Edward County. There are also emerging regions across the province, like Norfolk and Simcoe Counties. There are approximately 18,000 acres under vine in these areas, which all have excellent combinations of the right climate, growing season and soils – terroir – and evolving viticultural practices, to grow high quality grapes.
The Designated Viticultural Areas (DVA) are further divided in Regional Appellations which are smaller than DVAs but contain more than one Sub-Appellation. And Sub-Appellations are smaller areas within an appellation that have been identified because of their unique geographical conditions. For more information on Ontario's Designated Viticultural Areas or Appellations of Origin, visit VQA Ontario.
Ontario’s grape and wine country is classified as a cool climate viticulture region, and with its cold winters, has become the world leader in Icewine, a premium dessert wine.