Lake Erie North Shore
All the good tastes of southern Ontario come together on the North Shore, which benefits from a long growing season and a whole lot of sunshine. Also a big region for vegetable growing, the North Shore has been producing wine since the 1860s. Most of the dozen or so wineries are surrounded by water, built on gentle slopes and buffeted by southwesterly winds, all of which allows for the development of rich character and balanced acidity. Just a few hours from Toronto and Hamilton, this wine tour is a very pretty drive.
Common grapes: Riesling, Vidal, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Tastes to try: Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards, North 42 Degrees Estate Winery, Pelee Island Winery, Sprucewood Shores Winery