This year, the annual Niagara Wine festival is scheduled to take place between September 13 and 28. During this time there will be many events and activities hosted in various locations throughout the region, including the Meridian Grande Parade, festivities in Montebello Park, tours and tastings, and many opportunities to enjoy the fine culinary expertise of Niagara’s top chefs.
Welcome to NIAGARA’S WINE COUNTRY T
he Niagara, or “Golden Horseshoe”, region is a quaint and peaceful paradise, bounded on the north by Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie on the South. Its unique geographical location occupies most of the Niagara Peninsula, which shelters the communities from harsher weather created by the lake effect. Its location and mild climate have given the area unique characteristics, providing the perfect terroir for harvesting grapes and producing wine, creating tremendous economic development from the industries of viticulture and tourism, year round. Although the viticulture and wine making industries thrive in every season, making the area one of Southern Ontario’s most popular tourism destinations, visitors can’t help but fall in love with Niagara during the grape harvest each fall, and one of its most exciting festivities: Niagara Wine Festival. Spoil yourself with the sweet nectar of the Golden Horseshoe’s home grown grapes, and plan to attend this unforgettable experience, which runs over the course of three weekends between September 13 and 28.
I have been fortunate to be part of the Niagara Grape and Wine Industry for 21 years. The rich tapestry of experiences that we have woven makes me so very proud. Everyone should be lucky enough to work in collaboration with the amazing growers, winemakers and storytellers that I can call friends. –Kimberly Hundertmark, Executive Director, Niagara Grape And Wine Festival
NEW FOR THE 2014 CELEBRATION The Niagara Wine Festival is excited to announce two new events to the listing, during the first weekend of the Festival Wine Route programming: “The Shaw Festival Speaker Series” and “Taste of Harvest”. The festival is also proud to welcome the Grape & Wine industry’s new mascot, as he makes his inaugural appearance.
ABOUT THE NIAGARA WINE FESTIVAL
The Niagara Wine Festival was established 63 years ago, in 1951, as a way to celebrate the region’s grape harvest. Niagara is the home of Canada’s largest grape and wine industry, and is internationally acclaimed by wine experts and enthusiasts who have fallen in love with the area for its scenic beauty, peaceful countryside, renowned “farm-to-table” approach to cuisine, and of course, its refreshing, award-winning wines. “As the leading tender fruit producer in Canada, agriculture has always been a very important piece of who we are as a region,” says Kimberly Hundertmark, Executive Director of Niagara Grape & Wine Festival. Niagara Wine Festival has had a significant economic impact on the region, enabling hospitality, retail, and tourism businesses to prosper in every season. What began as a singular fall festival, incorporated as part of the “Niagara Grape and Wine Festival”, has now expanded to three events, with the additions of the New Vintage Festival in June, and the Niagara Icewine Festival in January. All three festivals keep the spirit of wine alive in the region, embracing it as an important part of its history, identity, and culture.
FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS AT NIAGARA WINE FESTIVAL
The Niagara Wine Festival offers a number of attractions which the whole family can enjoy. Kids love celebrating the grape harvest through a selection of events such as parades, concerts, entertainment acts, and street parties.