New York’s Niagara County is known for its idyllic scenery with the Niagara Falls as the main attraction. Come tourist season the city simply bursts with life, with many activities from nature trips to outlet shopping. You will find that Niagara Falls, NY hotel offer excellent accommodations close to everything you will need to make the trip a breeze. Here, there is always something for everyone to enjoy.
If you are looking for a quiet escape, the beautiful countryside might just be what you need. That and a glass of Chardonnay. Just off Buffalo and Rochester, away from the roaring waterfalls and the hustle and bustle of the city, lies the enchanting Niagara Wine Trail. Along the lower river, stretching across Niagara, Monroe and Orleans County, you’ll find a series of vineyards that produce world-class wines placing Niagara on the wine map.
The Niagara Wine Trail
Located along the Niagara Escarpment, the region enjoys a unique microclimate comparable to the vineyards of France and Germany. Days are pleasantly cool and long especially during growing season. In fact, The Niagara Wine Trail enjoys the second longest growing season for grapes in New York State. The longer the growing season, the more the fruit builds up fruit esters, enhancing the aroma and taste of the grapes. Combined with the fertile land, this makes the Niagara Wine Trail ideal for producing world-class wines. The region produces the juiciest vinifera grapes, great for making Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Vidal Blanc to name a few.
When To Visit
The Niagara Wine Trail is open for wine tours and tasting trips all year round. Most of the wineries are found along Route 18 and Route 104. The tours are self-guided, this means you have the freedom to choose where to start and stop your wine tasting adventure. There are also scheduled events that you can enjoy by yourself or with a group. You can save on your wine purchases by getting a Vino Visa Passport, this entitles you to wine discounts from 22 wineries and coupons for local restaurants, transportation and more.
Event Schedule for 2016
|April 16-17 and 23-24, 2016
Taste of the Trail – Wine and food pairing at 11 wineries each weekend
June 4-5, 2016
Wine & Cheese – A selection of fine Niagara Wine paired with cheeses
July 30-31, 2016
Wine & Culinary Festival – Hosted in the Academy Park in Village of Lewiston, NY
September 24-25, 2016
Harvest Festival – Wine and harvest theme food pairing
|Oct. 22-23, 2016
Hallowine Murder Mystery – Collect clues to solve a mystery
November 11-13, 2016
Share the Bounty – Fundraiser, raise your glass for local food banks and charities
Dec. 3-4 & 10-11, 2016
Holiday Happening – Receive a special holiday gift from the trail, wine tasting and holiday shopping
How to Get There
Since trips are self-guided, the Niagara Wine Trail does not provide transportation. There are many transportation options in the city, you can also choose to arrange your trip via the Holiday Inn Express Hotel’s Niagara Falls Tour Center. We can get you in touch with Bedore Tours, also an associate member of the Niagara Wine Trail.
Where to Stay
The Holiday Inn Express, Niagara Falls offers you an elegant and comfortable stay within the city. Our suite rooms are tastefully designed to meet your needs. We are a family oriented and pet friendly hotel and we’ll be happy to help you make your stay as memorable and enchanting as the Niagara Wine Trail experience itself.