St. David’s Bench

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The Niagara Escarpment is a rocky ridge that cuts through the landscape of southern Ontario from Queenston to Tobermory. Nature lovers and hikers can access this diverse ecosystem and get up close to the varied flora and fauna via the Bruce Trail. The wineries in this terroir sit on a natural plateau called St. David’s Bench. The topography in this area was carved out by ancient glaciers to form a natural bench below the Niagara Escarpment. The region follows along the Niagara Escarpment from the Niagara River to Beechwood Road. Vineyards are planted on the gentle slopes to allow for good drainage in the silty clay soils. The Escarpment location helps the vineyards warm early in the spring and provides frost protection throughout the cold months. Throughout the growing season vineyards located in the upper bench receive steady moisture from the abundant ground water.