Two Sisters Vineyard
The Two Sisters Vineyards estate is located just south of Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake. Lower vigor soils of sand, loam, silt and some red shale make this a truly magnificent Niagara River VQA vineyard. Set upon a gentle sloping plain it enjoys full sunlight exposure throughout the day with excellent heat accumulation. With the slope towards Lake Ontario the vineyard enjoys moderate drainage with slow surface runoff. The estate reflects the distinct soils of its appellation. Closer to the river, where much of the Cabernet Franc is planted, more sand and silt is found. Further to the south, higher levels of silt and clay, where Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are planted, provide for good water-holding capacity. This location indeed is ideal Niagara Peninsula site to grow richer, structured Cabernet family fruit. Accordingly, Two Sisters white wine grapes are sourced predominately from benchland vineyards of the Niagara Escarpment VQA appellation. Here at higher elevations, with excellent water drainage, air circulation and fossil-rich limestone which underlines where the most sought-after Niagara whites are grow. This contributes to the lively balance and distinctive minerality Two Sisters Vineyards looks to for its premium white wines.
With its proximity to the river, this appellation shows significant soil variation along its lengths, specifically in terms of drainage. In the south, sub-soils are well drained and have medium to low water-holding capacities, flavoring dry conditions later in the season. These conditions have a positive effect on grape quality, encouraging vines to grow deep, wide root systems, and devote energy to fruit production. In the north, sub-soils tend to be slightly less well drained and have a relatively high water-holding capacity, providing an advantage in particularly dry seasons.
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The climate of this appellation is quite variable north to south due to the changing proximity to Lake Ontario. The river's flow creates air convection currents which moderate temperatures and draw cold air away from vineyards and into the river gorge. For vineyards near to the river, these air currents ward off early spring and late fall frosts, and support an extended growing season. To the north, breezes from Lake Ontario provide a reliable and widely distributed moderating effect on temperatures throughout the seasons.
The constant circulation of off-shore breezes between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, profoundly moderate seasonal and diurnal temperatures across this appellation. In fall, breezes from the summer-warmed Lake waters, raise land temperatures, by preventing cold air from settling in lower-lying areas during threatening periods of frost. As a result, first frost is delayed and the growing season extended. In spring, breezes from the winter-cooled Lake lower land temperatures, holding back the development of fruit buds until the danger of late spring frosts has passed. These lake effects vary considerably north to south, giving rise to remarkable flavour distinctions between grapes of lake- area sub- appellations and those from further inland.
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Our estate is located at the Northern tip of the Niagara River sub appellation bordered by the Niagara River to the East and Lake Ontario to the North.
The river's flow creates air convection currents which create moderate temperatures and draw cold air away from vineyards and into the river gorge. To the north, breezes from Lake Ontario provide a reliable and widely distributed moderating effect on temperatures throughout the seasons. These air currents ward off early spring and late fall frosts and most notably support an extended growing season giving us an advantage on our later ripening varieties.
The commitment, which starts in the vineyard, is to produce ultra-premium reds which require superior viticultural practices. Two Sisters Vineyards emphasize the varieties the estate grows best with our terroir; Cabernet Franc with its earthy structure, Cabernet Sauvignon for its rich, muscular presence and Merlot for it perfumed, elegant and harmony between red and dark fruit aroma and taste. During the season, all fruit is tended, bunch and leaf thinning by hand. Our objective is to let the grapes hang well into the autumn.. All of our fruits are handled gently and with the utmost attention to every detail from vineyard through to bottle.
We take a non-interventionist approach to crafting wines, believing that some of the best are the truest representations of varietal character. Quite simply, we choose not to 'over-make' wines allowing the grapes to speak for themselves.
This 'less is more' winemaking philosophy is perfectly aligned with our desire to create a place in Niagara where wine lovers can sit back, relax and reminisce about a simpler time.