The Niagara Region is known world-wide for the many fine wines and icewines it produces. Two contributing factors are Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. From Queenston to Grimsby the Niagara Escarpment snakes it's way through the Niagara Region all the way to Tobermory.
The land below the escarpment and along the ridge (known as the bench) is used extensively for the cultivation of grapes. This swath of land, tempered by the warming effects of Lake Ontario, and protected from wind by the Escarpment provides the perfect environment for growing grapes and dozens of wineries are located here.
The best time to enjoy the wineries in the Niagara Region is the month of September when there are numerous festivals and wine related events.
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