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Lakes: The Great Ones!

O n t a r i o's M a g n i f i ce n t M o d e ra to rs
Lakes Ontario, Erie and Huron - part of the largest freshwater system in the world -
shape Ontario's wine regions and play a major role in moderating the extremes of
our continental climate. These lakes create the perfect cool climate conditions, giving
our wines elegance, structure, food friendliness and good aging potential.
* Cool lake air in the spring protects from early
bud break and protects against spring frost
* Air flow during the growing season moderates
hot summer days, maintaining freshness and acidity
* Warm lake air in the fall extends the growing
season, providing perfect ripening conditions.
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L i m e s to n e : I t 's A b o u t O u r Ro c ks !
5 0 0 M i l l i o n Ye a r s i n t h e M a k i n g

If there were to be a "most famous" soil type for producing fine wine,
it would probably be limestone. Ontario's soils in the Great Lakes basin vary from
sand to clay to rock, with a high concentration of limestone from an
ancient seabed that was exposed to over one million years of glacial activity.
Ontario is one of the few wine regions in the world that is
founded on limestone, similar to Burgundy and Champagne.
Limestone provides nutrients and minerality,
producing a special lift and elegance in our wine.

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