The Niagara Peninsula, with the most area under vine and a series of newly recognized sub-appellations, is Canada's largest wine growing region and is blessed by a unique micro-climate facilitated by the interaction of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario.
In the Niagara Peninsula there are several sub-appellations which each have unique growing conditions suited to different grape varieties. They are: Niagara River, Niagara Lakeshore, Four Mile Creek, St. David's Bench, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Creek Shores, Lincoln Lakeshore, Short Hills Bench, Twenty Mile Bench, Beamsville Bench, Vinemount Ridge, and Niagara Escarpment.
The north shore of Lake Erie, and Pelee Island (in Lake Erie) are more southerly and receive many growing
I spent most of my time in Niagara on the Lake and the smaller benchlands not too far away.
Paul has always believed in stewardship of the land on which his vineyards were planted. He has been dedicated to the promotion of sustainable agricultural practices in order to produce exceptional quality grapes now and for generations to come.
In 1994 Château des Charmes opened its new state-of-the-art winery and visitor centre. It was immediately hailed as an agri-tourism landmark. It was the first winery in Ontario purpose-built with the visitor in mind. This was long before there was a Wine Route or a winery tourism buisness model. Paul's vision of a world class Niagara wine industry led by high quality estate wineries has reached fruition. Today, the vibrant Ontario industry boasts more than 150 wineries, employs for than 6000 people and receives approximately 1 million visitors each year.
In effect, Mr. Bosc is the Robert Mondavi of Ontario....an impressive accomplishment.