Dig Our Roots is a weekend-long (April 12-14) celebration of the Niagara-on-the-Lake appellation. It will offer avid wine lovers an exclusive opportunity to discover the rich history and unique terroir of this one-of-a-kind wine growing region.
During the Dig Our Roots weekend our member wineries will open their doors and offer one-of-a-kind and unique experiences that showcase our wines, our winemakers and our terroir like never before.
Winery events will be held at various times on each of the 3 days offering wine lovers plenty of options and a variety of formats to suit everyone’s preference.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is the birthplace of the modern Canadian wine industry and home to some of Canada’s most renowned winemakers and iconic wines.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is classified by VQA Ontario as a distinct area and our wineries share a climate moderated by the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario.
A unique set of geographical elements create a specialty crop area where tender vinifera grapes thrive and flourish best.
This expanse of land is comprised of 4 unique sub-appellations:
- Niagara River
- Niagara Lakeshore
- Four Mile Creek
- David’s Bench
Each sub-appellations has distinct elements of terroir (geology, soil, elevation, temperature, precipitation) that result in wines of exceptional quality and surprising diversity.
The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake span across these 4 distinct areas and produce wines that reflect the unique terroir of their vineyards.
Wineries in the Niagara-on-the-Lake appellation have been growing and producing world-class wines from premium vinifera varieties for nearly four decades. Grape growers have a deep knowledge of what grows best in different locations and winemakers understand how to treat the grapes in the winemaking process to capture the best expression of terroir in their wines.
During the Dig Our Roots weekend, participants will discover what makes this place and our wines so special from the renowned winemakers who have been instrumental in positioning Niagara-on-the-Lake as a premium wine growing region.