One of the fastest-growing wine regions in New York State, the Niagara Wine Trail, USA is home to a diverse crop of wineries and vineyards, offering an impressive selection of traditional, native, late harvest and ice wines. Come and taste them all!
Niagara Falls USA is home to a burgeoning wine region in a truly unique atmosphere, and the Niagara Wine Trail, USA is the setting of year-round festivals and events. The cool climate and rolling hills and valleys make for a one-of-a-kind terroir, home to small and large producers alike — and all kinds of grapes. In 2005, the Niagara Escarpment was officially recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA), and it is now home to over 22 wineries, breweries and cideries. Limos and bus tour packages are available to make experiencing the trail safe and easy to navigate. Also, a Vino Visa Passport offers savings on local wines, including coupons for transportation, local restaurants, lodgings and more.
Niagara Falls USA is one of the few regions in the world that produces ice wine, which is made from hardy, cold-weather grapes left to freeze on the vine, resulting in a sweet dessert wine that’s hard to find anywhere else. The grapes most commonly used to produce ice wine are Riesling, Vidal and Cabernet Franc, and are made by such wineries as Arrowhead Spring Vineyards and Schulze Vineyards & Winery.
Kick back this summer with a glass or two of your favorite local vinos at the annual Niagara USA Wine Festival, July 27-28, then celebrate the harvest with wine and food pairings at the annual Harvest Festival, held September 21-22. Next, prepare to get scared at the Hallowine Murder Mystery wine-tasting, mystery-solving party on October 19-20, and ring in the most festive time of the year December 7-8 at the Holiday Happening event, in which the wine tasting is accompanied by a collectible holiday gift — and a commemorative wine glass.
Tempt your palate at one of the many Niagara Falls USA wineries listed below.