2007 Niagara wine harvest best Niagara vintage ever?

Monique Beech, The Standard's wine and viticulture reporter, reports in her Friday Niagara Wine column that "winemakers, grape growers and industry experts" are "praising the 2007 harvest as the best in recent memory". The very dry Summer means as expected yields are down with 43,000 rather than the normal 50,000 tons of grapes being harvested. The fry weather was a problem for young vines and meant that the roots had to dig deeper so the grapes are smaller but also sweeter. The dry autumn prevented the problems of last years wet Autumn. Its expected the red wines will do particularly well particularly the slow to riped Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc varieties.

The article is well worth checking out, its got grape harvest figures for each variety and discusses the controversy over whether the red varieties listed above that are doing will this year are really suitable for the region as a opposed to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling which are grown in the equivalent latitudes in Burgundy, Europe.