When driving to the Niagara falls (either from the US or within Canada), opt for the Niagara on the lake route. It is a tad longer than the highway route, but makes for a memorable drive as you soak in sights of Lake Ontario on the left and scenic wine estates on the right. Yes, you read correct: wine estates. Now you wouldn’t associate vineyards with Canada, however, since the last two decades, the region has become a recognized producer of ice wine, or liquid gold as the Canadians like to call it. Along with its variants (the most popular being Vidal Blanc, Riesling, and Cabernet Franc), ice wine is sweet in taste, made from grapes that have been left to freeze naturally on the vine, and is consumed as a dessert wine.
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The pioneers of this craft are Inniskillin and their boutique vineyard is located on the way to the falls. Founded by Donald Ziraldo in 1984, Inniskillin has put Canada on the global wine map. Today, Ontario produces 80% of the world’s ice wine.
If you happen to be visiting this region, do stop to sample some, or enjoy a wine tasting tour. Trust me once you taste this fabulous liquid dessert, you’ll definitely want to pick up a bottle or two, to take back home!
Travel Secret #228
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