Niagara-on-the-Lake was named the “prettiest” town in Canada in 1996. This small historic town is located at the mouth of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.
Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino and many other tourist attractions are a beautiful 20 minute drive along the scenic Niagara Parkway that follows the Niagara River and connects our towns.
Niagara-on-the-Lake was the first capital of Upper Canada before the government was relocated to Toronto which is about 1 1/2 hour away. The town was left with many historic homes of substance and an adorable main street called Queen Street. The town is home of the Shaw Festival’s three theatres and boast to have one of the finest acting ensembles in North America. Due to this clientele you will find Niagara-on-the-Lake and its many shops and restaurants to be first class compared to the glitz of Niagara Falls.
Historians enjoy Fort George and visiting an area that is rich in military history due to the war of 1812. The Welland Canal is central to our history. It provides the only link for international shipping between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. There is a nice viewing station at lock three, about ten minutes from here.
Mother Nature has blessed Niagara with a micro climate that has given us a sampling of most fruits and vegetables in season. There are dozens of wineries that welcome you on tours and tasting. Our restaurants boast excellent quality food. A few wineries also offer fine dining experiences. Fruits and vegetable stands dot the countryside.
Relax the mind and rejuvenate the soul. Walk, cycle or roller blade along the river’s recreational trail or leisurely stroll our tree lined streets and take time to smell the flowers. Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake and enjoy the sights and tastes.
Niagara on the Lake wineries have been winning awards all over the world for over 30 years now. When it comes to making great wines the New World can certainly compete with the Old. Whether you are from Ontario or visiting, plan on spending several days in wine country – there’s just so much to see and do.
Please visit any one of the Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries by clicking on their links below.
Entertaining with wines of Niagara on the Lake
You chill white wine and serve red at room temperature… right? Well, not exactly. The taste and bouquet of wine can be significantly affected by its temperature, so it is worth taking a few minutes to make sure you are serving the wine at the best temperature.
At what temperature should I serve wine?
Ideal serving temperatures for most white wines is 10 – 14 degrees Celcius (50 – 57 F)
Most red wines should be served at slightly under room temperature 18 – 20 degrees Celcius
(64 – 68 F)
Chill wines in the refrigerator as follows:
10 min – Merlot, Cabernet Savignon, Cab Franc, Baco Noir
1/2 hour – gamay noir, Pinot Noir, Rose
1 hour – White and Sparkling wines (a fuller bodied white, such as oaked Chardonnay, may be served closer to room temperature to allow the rich flavours and aromas to come forward)
Niagara wine tours are best enjoyed when someone else is driving. These firms all provide transportation and each offers something slightly different. Some will pick you up at your cottage or hotel and others have regular pick-up spots. There are bicycle tours, helicopter tours and van tours something for everyone and several types of Niagara wine tours.
Below are some great companies that provide Niagara Wine Tours. Please click on the company name to view their website.