If you’re a white wine lover, Niagara wineries have some incredible options for you. There are some common misconceptions about what grapes are predominantly grown in Niagara, which include Rieslings and Chardonnays. Niagara has many more varieties to offer wine lovers. Here are some of the most commonly grown wine grape varietals in Niagara.

Riesling

Rieslings are a great summer wine. The flavour palette is refreshing and fruity, with notes of citrus and peaches, and sometimes floral. The level of acidity in this variety means it can range from being a dry wine to a sweet wine. A riesling is not typically aged in oak barrels or “oaked” so there are very few earthy flavours in this type of wine.

Chardonnay

This classic grape variety is found in most vineyards across Niagara. One of the great things about this wine is that there are so many variations in flavours from fruits like peaches, pears, apples, to more tropical fruits. These fruity notes are paired with mineral undertones as well that give the wine a more grounded flavour profile. Additionally, Chardonnay’s can be oaked which give them rich, buttery flavours.

Pinot Grigio

If you are looking for a fresh and unoaked wine, then Niagara wineries offer some wonderful Pinot Grigio. This variety is meant to be consumed young. The flavours are fresh, with both fruit and floral elements. When you’re enjoying a glass of pinot grigio you may be able to identify notes of honeydew melon or apple.

Sauvignon Blanc

If you’re searching Niagara wineries for a more earthy, less fruity wine, try a Sauvignon Blanc. This grape variety creates a dry wine with a grassy, green flavour profile. Some people note a herbaceous

tone with vegetables like asparagus or fruit like the gooseberry. This grape is the 8th most commonly grown variety in the world! It’s straightforward and a favourite during wine tastings all over Niagara.

When it comes to white wines, there are many different varieties grown in Niagara. The Niagara winemaking industry has flourished because of the unique climate and the creativity of winemakers. When you participate in a Niagara wine tour, you have the opportunity to learn more about the different grape varieties that can be found in Niagara. Contact us for more information about our autumn wine tours!