Ontario’s VQA wineries span a great diversity in size, location and business missions. From small to large, family owned to corporate, they all share a commitment to producing wines of origin – wines that express each appellation’s unique terroir through their character and quality.
Focused on terroir, VQA wineries are crafting wines that tell the story of Ontario appellations. Grape growing and winemaking are terroir conscious and attentive to preserving and showcasing the special varietal and taste profiles that come from each appellation. Put simply, wineries are coaxing the best from their soils and translating it into great wine.
With these efforts, Ontario’s VQA wineries are creating a profile of taste and character, distinct for each appellation, and building a strong connection between the soil and terroir of our appellations and our wines. This is the identity of our appellations – the expression of Ontario’s wine “places”. Wine lovers are following these developments and beginning to identify the nuances of Ontario wine, and the subtle distinctions between appellations and the influence of their terroir.
A focus on appellation encourages wineries to craft their best wines as an authentic reflection of regional character. Finding the perfect harmony between grape varieties, viticulture, winemaking techniques, and the local terroir leads to exceptional wines, each a statement of their origin. Rather than simply targeting consumer trends, the goal of making appellation wines is to seek out a synergy that is the best expression of place. These wines are unique, authentic and truly local.
VQA appellations are the underpinning for authentic wines of origin.