New York Wine Country
Juice and wine grapes.
Acres within Official Area
Acres of Vineyard
Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario, sloping land, well-drained soils.
Traditionally Native and French-American varietals with European varietals coming on.
Nature meets wine. The geography of the Niagara Escarpment and surrounding area have a unique climate that is one of the warmest in New York State due to proximity to the Great Lakes and the Escarpment itself, which traps warm air currents from Lake Ontario. The dolomitic limestone soil of the Escarpment and the gravel silts near the lakeshore, along with a moderate climate, are ideal for growing grapes and a wide variety of fruit. The Niagara Escarpment was officially recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2005 and the larger "Greater Niagara" region is one of the fasting growing wine regions in the state.