It’s World-Class Wine Country, right in Western NY

A beautiful countryside awaits visitors seeking an array of wineries and attractions rich with history. Stretching across Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties, the Niagara Wine Trail, USA is minutes from Niagara Falls and just a short trip from the Buffalo and Rochester areas.

Geographically situated between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario, the wine region has a unique micro-climate. Located at Latitude 43 degrees North, the cool climate region of Niagara enjoys long days during the growing season. This makes it suitable for the production of the types of fruit that are used to create its fine wines. The length of a growing season is important to both the fresh fruit and wine industry. The longer the growing season, the more the fruit builds a chemical called fruit esters. These fruit esters give the fruit the qualities of aroma and taste – the longer the growing season, the better the fruit. We enojoy the second longest growing season for grapes in New York State.

Along with the moderate climate, the character of the local soils, the dolomitic limestone of the Escarpment and the gravel silts near the Ontario lakeshore are ideal for growing vinifera grapes. European vinifera wines, including Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Vidal Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, thrive in the region. In fact, the climate in some areas compares to that of the Alsace, a region of northeastern France, on the borders with Germany and Switzerland.

Each winery on the trail offers a diverse selection of traditional vinifera style, native, late harvest and ice wines, as well as unique styles such as award-winning fruit wines, meads and ciders. There is something to please the palate of everyone along the Niagara Wine Trail, USA from the novice to the most discerning wine connoisseur. Although the wine trail takes pride in this diversification, each member winery shares one common theme – a passion for producing only the highest quality beverage. This region has been recognized by prominent wine publications as producing the best Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Ice Wine and Syrah that New York has to offer, along with top scores by wine critics and international wine competitions.

Picturesque farm vistas and the beautiful Escarpment are all within a short drive from Niagara Falls. Enjoy the many interesting towns, restaurants, historical sites, farm markets and antique shops as you travel along the wine trail. Sip in the fine wines our area has to offer as your eyes drink in the view!

Niagara Wine Trail, USA is situated between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario

Our moderate climate ideal for growing a wide variety of fruit.
This map image is courtesy Vineyard Site Suitability Analysis

This map image is courtesy Vineyard Site Suitability Analysis