Miles and Miles of Wine

Canada
December 1, 2015 6:29am CST
I live in the area of Ontario called The Niagara Peninsula. If you are curious look at a map and you will see a small area between Niagara Falls (Buffalo) and Hamilton, Ontario. What makes this bit of land famous is the fact that Lake Erie is on the south and Lake Ontario is on the north. Because of those big bodies of water our weather is gentler than in other parts of Ontario. We were once known as the fruit belt and now are famous for our Wineries. In 2014 there were 88 wineries in this small area. There are more now. The warmer weather because of the two great lakes protects the grapevines in the winter which allows the wineries to prosper. I paint on slate and sell wines signs at several of the wineries in my area. Yesterday I had to do an end of the month inventory at my biggest winery. I sell on consignment so I have to keep track of the inventory and send them a bill every month for the signs that are gone. On my way home I noticed how beautiful the sky was so I took a detour to a beautiful vantage point high up over Lake Ontario. You can see in the photo acres of grapes growing on the hills above Lake Ontario. On a clear day you can see Toronto across the lake from this point too. Yesterday was a bit cloudy over the lake so Toronto is behind those clouds. I love living here, I'm close to the border to the USA, I'm able to live in a small town but I have big cities at my fingertips when I want them. What's in your neighborhood?
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@jaboUK (55200)
• United Kingdom
1 Dec 15
I love your photo, it illustrates your post perfectly. Are the signs you sell at the wineries (not vineyards?) ones that they sell on to their customers?
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@slund2041 (3375)
• United States
2 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate You sign is very pretty. I love it. Great work!
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• Canada
2 Dec 15
@slund2041 Thank you, that's kind of you to say so.
@jaboUK (55200)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate I love your sign, and it sounds as if you have a great little business going.
@Morleyhunt (21470)
• Canada
14 Mar 16
Much of what you see in your neighbourhood. We tend to have more soybeans and corn at our end.
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@Morleyhunt (21470)
• Canada
15 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate it is sad though, how much of the tender fruit is gone. There were so many orchards from Stoney Creek to Beamsville. Now much of it is built up.
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• Canada
15 Mar 16
@Morleyhunt we were so surprised to see that huge growth of housing., we thought the green belt would be saved.
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@Morleyhunt (21470)
• Canada
15 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate if enough money greases the path, look at the building on the protected escarpment land.
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@allknowing (70910)
• India
2 Dec 15
We too have States that grow grapes. The State where I live imports them. We get a good lot specially this time of year. Going by your description that must be a pretty place to reside. Your image is pretty too.
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@allknowing (70910)
• India
2 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate We too shifted from a city to this semi rural town where I could design our own home as prices of land here were cheaper then but not any more.
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• United Kingdom
2 Dec 15
What a beautiful place to live and work - and love your slate image on Jabo's comment, very artistic indeed
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• Canada
3 Dec 15
Glad you liked it. We have loved living in Canada and think being near that big lake is wonderful. The views are always beautiful.
@slund2041 (3375)
• United States
2 Dec 15
Beautiful picture! It sounds beautiful where you live. I would love to see a picture of some of the signs you paint.
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• Canada
2 Dec 15
I'm glad you found it up above...
• Eugene, Oregon
2 Dec 15
Here in Oregon, there are more than 300 wineries and they are rivaled by the number of craft breweries opening every day. In western Oregon, we have (normally) mild, wet winters, better than snow and ice for me. There is much to see and celebrate here, sixty miles from the Pacific Ocean (until that big quake comes, anyway).
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@BelleStarr (39880)
• United States
2 Dec 15
No wineries close by lol I live close to the Connecticut River and a lake called Great Hill. It is hilly and a rural type neighborhood with lots of trees.
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• Preston, England
1 Dec 15
Manchester has a lot of history - getting really close to home a local church was a barrage balloon housing station during WW2 and a nearby business, Ferranti's, now no longer trading, created the world's first electronic computer
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• Canada
1 Dec 15
That's so interesting. The first computer is amazing. I imagine there are many reminders of WWII. I love Jabo's stories of being a child during the war.
@LadyDuck (182995)
• Switzerland
1 Dec 15
This seems to be a beautiful area. I live near the mountains among vineyards. There are plenty of small wineries here in south of Switzerland.
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• Canada
1 Dec 15
I'll bets it's beautiful. A lot of our vines come from your area.
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@marlina (79706)
• Canada
1 Dec 15
Niagara is a beautiful spot in Canada. You are lucky to live there.
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• Canada
1 Dec 15
It is beautiful and I really like it here. Where are you in Canada?
@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
1 Dec 15
I live close to the coast. It is a very popular place to visit here. We have man made canals and a couple of lovely marinas. It is a lovely place to live, feels as if we are holiday every day. However, it is also getting a lot busier now.
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• Canada
1 Dec 15
I would love to live by the coast. Is it summer there now? We are going to go to the Gulf Of Mexico to avoid some of our Canadian winter.
@Juliaacv (34206)
• Canada
1 Dec 15
Our son attended Brock university, and we loved going up to see him because of the views that you describe. Our area is in between Windsor and London, it is the flatland area of SW Ontario. We are only about 20 minutes from the shores of Lake Erie and our home is down the road from Mitchell's Bay. A small bay on Lake St. Clair, it is very shallow which makes for great fun for families who need to cool off on a hot summer's day. You can walk and walk and walk and never make it waist deep!
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• Canada
1 Dec 15
I have only crossed the border at Detroit, never spent any time in western Ontario. It looks lovely in the summer. Its darn cold in the winter...I've been to Brock many times, its a beautiful school. That lake sounds like a ton of fun!