Niagara is the isle of style and pleasant living. It is a place you drift towards more easily than you part from.

Our father was born here, moved away, and came back. We were raised in Toronto but were pulled into Niagara's orbit. Maybe it's the island feel created by being between two great lakes and a border? The marine air perhaps, or the deep sunsets and regular occurrence of a harvest moon? All of these contribute to the easy way of living in Niagara, supported by the beautiful landscape, the history, the Shaw Festival, the music festivals, and especially the incredible dining based on seasonally grown local produce. But it's certainly the culture of wine that keeps many people here.

Unique for New World wine regions the Niagara Peninsula exhibits the Old World quality of vintage variability. This adds the aspect of time to that of place in the finished wines. The combination of intense heat and a compact season results in wines with bright fruit, dense structure, refreshing acidity and great age-worthiness. Our season in Niagara is typically as long and intense as Dijon in Burgundy but is commonly extended on either end by an early spring or a late fall - or both. Due to this variability we focus on a handful of core grape varieties with distinctive varietal expression, particularly Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. No region in Niagara is better suited to their production for wines of quality than the Short Hills Bench.

In the hierarchy of Niagara's appellation system the Niagara Peninsula is the over-arching descriptor. A smaller intermediate appellation is the Niagara Escarpment, the collective name for three smaller, premium "Bench" appellations (the Short Hills Bench, the Beamsville Bench and the Twenty Mile Bench) which share a long history of cross-pollination.