Saturday, July 6, 2013

DISCOVER - TASTE - EXPERIENCE

Just minutes from the Red Coach Inn, the Niagara Wine Trail is one of my favorite ways to experience Niagara Falls. The wine trail has recently been regarded as the new up-and-coming region, but the art and science of wine-making has been in our area for many years. Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, a winery on the trail, produces fruit from vineyards that are over one hundred years old.

The Niagara Wine Trail is nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario, and the first winery is about a 30 minute drive from the Red Coach Inn. As you drive along the trail you'll see some amazing plantation style homes, the Niagara Gorge, antique stores and tons of picturesque scenery. You can also purchase a Niagara Wine Trail passport to get stamped at each vineyard to receive a special discount.

I personally enjoy the Niagara Wine Trail so much because the wineries along the trail grow many varieties of grapes including Pinot Nior, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Merlot. There are also vineyards that produce unique styles of wine such as ice wines, fruit wine, and sparkling wines. This huge variety of different wines makes the trail a great way to taste Niagara Falls. Whether I go with my friends or family there is a wine that will please anyone's palate.

Freedom Run Winery
The different grape varieties and wine-making styles isn't the only factor adding to the uniqueness of each vineyard, the ambiance changes from stop to stop. Some vineyards boast a new age modern look to their tasting rooms, where others pride in their traditional appearance. For example, Freedom Run Winery has beautiful hand-blown glass displayed all over their bar, where Arrowhead Springs Vineyard features elegant woodwork throughout their tasting room. Most vineyards also partner with local artists and farmers, adding to the diversity of their tasting rooms. You can enjoy browsing through hand-made pottery, glass, paintings, and locally produced jellies, jams, spices, and sauces. Who doesn't love shopping and sipping wine?

Arrowhead Springs Vineyard
Whether you prefer sweet wines, fruity wines, or something a little more tannic the Niagara Wine Trail offers a bit of everything. It's one of my favorite ways to spend a day, and I would highly recommend you hitting the road and start tasting!

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