Niagara-on-the-Lake Region

Historic Town and Well Known Wine Region

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Niagara-on-the-Lake – NOL to locals – is a historic town at the mouth of the Niagara River (where the river meets Lake Ontario) and truly one of the loveliest towns in Ontario. It’s a prime tourist destination for a number of reasons, including:

  • It’s a hop-skip-and-a-jump to Niagara Falls – it’s about seven miles down river along the scenic Niagara Parkway.
  • It was the first capital of “Upper Canada” (what Ontario was known as in colonial times).
  • It played a major role in the War of 1812.
  • It’s the home to the well-known Shaw Festival, a well-respected rep theatre company that stages multiple shows from April-Oct.
  • It has dozens of B&Bs, quaint inns and hotels.
  • It has a thriving culinary scene.
  • It’s in the heart of one of Ontario’s oldest and best-known wine regions.

And finally, my mother wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t mention all the flowers. I can almost guarantee that you won’t find a town in Ontario with more flowers or better tended gardens.

In terms of appellations, NOL is considered a regional appellation within the Niagara Region Appellation. VQA set up the regional designation because NOL is so well known. Indeed, some of the oldest wineries in Ontario are in NOL (for example, Château des Charmes,Trius Winery at Hillebrand, Inniskillin Winery, Konzelman Estate Winery, and Reif Estate Winery).

Four sub-appellations lie within NOL: Four Mile Creek, Niagara Lakeshore, Niagara River, and St. David’s Bench.


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