QUESTION: Where do you see Niagara’s wine business in five, 10 years?
VonHeckler: I think the trend has been in emerging wine regions around the world that more and more growers start moving into vitus vinifera (traditional European varieties). Several farms now that have grown fruit are making wine from that fruit, and they’re selling to a market that’s based on a tourist destination ... but you can only sell so many bottles through your cellar door.
Biehl: I think we’ll see big money coming to the Niagara Wine Trail, people opening big vineyards, once they’ve seen that we can make it work and it gets recognized ... I think it’s a good thing. They have more advertising dollars, and when people come here, they’re going to want the whole experience. People never just want to go to one vineyard.
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