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Old February 19th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #1
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Niagara-on-the-Lake; Ontario Wine Country!

Today I will present a little tour we did last summer, of some of the wine region here in Ontario, and of the very pretty little United Empire Loyalist town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Many of you will not realize that Canada produces its own wine, but if you look on a map it will make sense... Niagara is located between 41-degrees and 44-degrees north latitude. Niagara is on the same latitudinal band as Provence and Langeudoc-Roussillon in France, the Chianti Classico region in Italy and the Rioja region in Spain. The combination of being near a lake, and having a natural escarpment helps create a micro climate that allows most varieties of Vitis vinifera grapes. At the moment there are 16,000 acres of
vines under cultivation in the Ontario in 130 licenced wineries that produce about 53,000 tonnes of wine grapes per year. Ontario is the largest producer of wine in the country, but our production is still very small compared to giants like Australia and the USA. The landscape is rolling and lush... traditionally the area was a wealthy farming district, where much of our soft fruits are grown (peaches, apricots, cherries, as well as apples, pears, etc..).
We only had time to visit a few wineries that day, so let's get started on the tour!

We start at Puddicombe Farms, established in 1797...



Every winery has its own style... this one is very laid back, with a picturesque
deserted train car off to one side!



An orchard.. probably apple:



Next we moved onto Vineland Estates, a very picturesque vineyard looking over Lake Ontario, with Toronto in the distance:





Wine tourism has become big business in the region, as Niagara becomes like a mini (very mini) Napa.. high end restaurants are popping up all over. We ate lunch at this one:





















Every winery has, of course, a shop to buy their products, and to have a wine tasting:



a brief stop at Henry of Pelham... a farm started in the 1790's by a family that
remained loyal to the British Crown after the American Revolution, and moved
to Canada to set down roots. Their descendants still live there today, and produce wine:





Then we moved on to a much bigger winery, with a very modern look, Hillebrand wines:





they also sold an array of locally grown fresh fruit there, which I took full advantage of! :







wonderful peaches, filled with juice:



These are some local wild grapes called "Concord", one of a few varieties native to our region. By law, they may not be used to make table wine (as the result is dreadful, "foxy" tasting plonk), but they have superb flavour as eating grapes, or to be used for jams, jellies and juice. Welch's Grape Juice uses this type of grape:



Wine has been made in Canada for well over two centuries, but serious wine production of vinifera grapes was considered impossible before the 1950's... an assumption was made that these vines would not survive Canadian winters. Our country owes a huge debt of gratitude to a brave Frenchman, Adhemar F. de Chaunac, who in the 1940's began to plant some French Hybrid grapes in Ontario. This eventually lead to a serious industry starting in the 1970's, when strict regional wine producing controls were introduced (Vintner's Quality Association, or VQA). So, as you see, the industry in Canada is still young. I am proud to say a Horticulturalist uncle of mine played a role in the development of wine growing in Ontario in the 1970's. Today, wine of grapes from hundreds of varieties, like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, etc.. are made in abundance. More grapes!



Next we moved onto Jackson-Triggs, the largest Canadian Winery, and are, I believe, in the top half dozen producers by volume in North America.













Our little tour of wineries came to an end, and we moved on to the lovely town of Niagara-on-the-Lake! The town was founded in the mid 1700's, and originally called "Butlersburg". It received official town status in 1781 and was renamed "Newark"... it became a haven for Americans fleeing the Revolution, if they wished to remain loyal to the British crown. We call such immigrants "United Empire Loyalists". It was made the capital of "Upper Canada" (now known as Ontario), until 1794 when the capital was moved to "York" (now known as Toronto). Later it changed names to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The town has been beautifully preserved, and in my opinion it is quite the loveliest of all towns in Ontario. Architecture syles range from New England style board and batten houses, through Georgian and Victorian, and of course modern, too.



it has a lovely lakefront to look out over:



I don't know the name of this fort, but I imagine it is on the American side
because they are flying the good old Stars and Stripes! (added later... it is Lewiston, New York)







from this spot, you can see Toronto across Lake Ontario:



let's zoom in a bit, just for fun:



Here is a perfect example of a New England style house. This one was built around 1835 and is whimsically called "The Whale Inn"! far from any real whales, though, in these fresh water lakes:



the first newspaper was printed in 1793:



and the first library built in 1800:



sit back and enjoy a little tour of this picture-postcard pretty town with it's
picturesque Victorian feel that is a huge hit with tourists from around the world:











There is a fascinating old place called the Niagara Apothecary, which dispensed drugs and medicines in the region from 1820-1964:















and back out onto the High Street:

































home of Greaves, some of my favourite jams and jellies:









Niagara is very much a live theatre town, and is home to a renown theatre group specialising in plays by George Bernard Shaw. Every summer we are treated to the annual Shaw Festival. The nearby town of Stratford is popular for its Shakespearean theatre.









here is old George Bernard Shaw himself:















guess what this store sells?









a very pretty old Victorian hotel, the Prince of Wales:







you can always get a good Tea, or a roast beef feast here,where time has pretty much stood still for a century and a half:





Here is a statue of John Graves Simcoe, governor of Upper Canada, who moved the capital to the new town of Toronto (then York) in 1793:





Niagara-on-the-Lake has obviously always been a wealthy and successful farming town... so much so that concern for preserving the history and original architecture has always played an important role with the proud residents of the town. Thus, everywhere you look there are lovely old structures. To a greater extent than most Canadian towns, they resisted too much "modernization", because they liked the old town just as it was!! :













and old church, of the type you commonly see in New England, based on the old style of church from England (example St Martin-in-the-Fields):





No trip to Canada is complete without a visit to the wondrous Niagara Falls, and this quaint old town of Niagara-on-the-Lake... thank you so much for joining me today on this little tour!!

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Old February 19th, 2008, 11:01 PM   #2
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its pretty alright,

looks like a wonderful place to live i really like the ickle cosy look of the place

although im not much of a fan of wine i do like a good vineyard
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the shot with the skyline of toronto at the horizon looks awesome!
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Fantastic pics of a fantastic town. I LOVE this place!!!

Thank you, T.B. It brought back some nice memories of my trip there in summer 2006.
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Did you go to the cow store?
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Great tour!

No visitor to the Niagara region should miss this place.
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SOme things you forgot to mention about this jewel. 1. It is the site of the annual Shaw Theatre Festival. 2. The most wonderful drive is the ride from Niagara along the river down into town. 3. The Prince of Whales Hotel and Spa is perhaps the best spa and restaurant in Ontario. 4. The only bad thing about making a post like this is that you might spoil the town by drawing more tourists from Niagara Falls (Where everyone and his Barber goes?)
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Old February 20th, 2008, 06:39 AM   #8
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Thanks guys!!
I did mention the Shaw Festival, Coral, and even showed a picture of the theatre! Thanks for the other tips, too!

gappa, I did not go into the cow store!! Sorry!!
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Great pictures. It looks like you covered much more than I did of the town, although there are a couple places that I think that I have in pictures.

Stratford is nowhere near Niagara-on-the-Lake.
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you are right, xzmattzx, they are farther apart than I thought.... probably an hour or two drive.
I am not a driver, thus really don't pay a whole lot of attention.
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Niagara-on-the-Lake is by far one of my favourite little towns in Ontario! Thanks for the pics TB.
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gappa, I did not go into the cow store!! Sorry!!
That's all right I did and I've got the corny souvenirs to prove it!
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New England!!
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Yes, a lot of Niagara on the Lake resembles New England... more brick buildings, perhaps, and High Victorian style architecture that you don't see in New England, but there is a similarity!
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it also does remind me of the Mornington Peninsula.....(just outside Melbourne)
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I don't remember muuuch of Niagara on the Lake. I spent what, about 2 hours in town and we visited a vineyard too, one of those that appear on the first pics, very nice, I had never been to one. But the architecture downtown is pretty CUTE haha, you know, looks like Switzerland, although not with alpine buildings, but you know, it feels cosy and all.

I took tons of pics, but yours are so much better. It was winter and it was all DEAD!
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Wonderful pictures TB!! I've been to Niagara Falls a couple of times, but never made it to Niagara on the Lake - very sad about that now!!!
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Pleasantly surprised!
A well-kept canadian town...
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very beautiful town!
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you are right, xzmattzx, they are farther apart than I thought.... probably an hour or two drive.
I am not a driver, thus really don't pay a whole lot of attention.
Great pictures as usual! But you must do Stratford this Summer too!!! I personally think it's nicer, as it has a larger downtown and a bit less of that Disney-like gentrification.
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