Lake Erie North Shore
The Lake Erie North Shore appellation of Canada runs along, you guessed it, the north shore of Lake Erie, toward the western reaches of the lake; this is the southwestern extremity of the Ontario province. The appellation is almost completely surrounded by water; vineyards are planted on gentle slops, ranging from 600 to 750 feet. Soils are the result of glacial deposits, are well draining and consist of gravel, limestone bedrock and sandy loams. Temperatures are moderate and sunshine is abundant throughout much of the year. The most widely planted varieties are Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. (Wine/Appellations)