Niagara Peninsula VQA

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Niagara Peninsula VQA is a Vintners Quality Alliance area located in Southern Ontario.

Niagara Peninsula VQA
Wine region
Type Vintners Quality Alliance
Year established 1999
Years of wine industry 1950s–present
Country Canada
Varietals produced Riesling, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon blanc, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet franc, Baco noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir
No. of wineries 125
Wine produced Table wine, Late Harvest wines, Icewine, Sparkling wines

The regions wineries first appears in the 1950s, but the growth began after the 1970s and into the 1990s.


The region is bounded by Lake Ontario on the north, Niagara River on the east and the Welland River and the Niagara Escarpment, city of Hamilton, Ontario to the south and west.


The region's cool-climate appellation is influenced by the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario that results in day-night temperature range, substantial sunshine optimal for grape growing and intense flavour to the grapes.[1]

Niagara Appellations[edit]

Appellation Name Appellation Type
Beamsville Bench Sub-appellation
Creek Shores Sub-appellation
Four Mile Creek Sub-appellation
Lincoln Lakeshore Sub-appellation
Niagara Lakeshore Sub-appellation
Niagara River Sub-appellation
Short Hills Bench Sub-appellation
St. David's Bench Sub-appellation
Twenty Mile Bench Sub-appellation
Vinemount Ridge Sub-appellation
Niagara Escarpment Regional appellation
Niagara-on-the-Lake Regional appellation

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Coordinates: 43°14′N 79°05′W / 43.23°N 79.09°W / 43.23; -79.09