A 20-mile long and five-mile wide sea of native grapes like Concord and Niagara hug the Lake Erie shoreline. Most of this fruit goes into juice production, but much of it, along with other hybrid and vinifera varieties are made into wine. Because of the lake, the local climate is more consistent and drier than the South East and South Central Regions. Wine grapes thrive in the gravel, silt loam, and sandy soils. Inland and south from the shore elevation rises into hills and the climate cools, and cold tolerant hybrids thrive. Explore wineries in the North West Region for varieties like Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, along with hybrids like Vidal and Vignoles.