The picturesque Niagara Parkway winds along the narrow band that borders the Niagara River. Vines dig deep into the reddish-hued sandy soils, which tend to warm earlier in the spring. The air currents from the river moderate temperatures protecting vineyards from damaging spring or fall frosts, ensuring the more tender grape varieties grown in the sub-appellation thrive. It seems we’re not alone in thinking that the scenery along the Niagara Parkway is perhaps the prettiest in the country. In the warm months, cyclists and joggers jostle for space along the trail that hugs the gently winding riverbank. Others find a shady spot for a picnic and enjoy the view. History buffs, or those travelling with one, can visit the many historic sites along the way. If you’re walking or a casual cyclist looking to explore some of our wineries without covering a lot of distance, this tour is tailor-made for you as the wineries are quite close together.