Key Sectors

Sectors of Focus


An Agricultural Centre of Excellence, Lincoln has the highest number of farms in all of Niagara, supporting more than 3,400 jobs.

Our farms account for $13 of every $100 in gross farm receipts in the Golden Horseshoe while representing only three per cent of the region’s farmland acreage.

Lincoln has become synonymous with grape growing and wine by virtue of its dominant position in Ontario’s $2.3 billion grape and wine industry.

Lincoln Farms

Grapes Peaches Pears Floral Vegetables
143 farms 62 farms 51 farms 48 greenhouse operations 10 greenhouse operations
4,500+ acres 1,600+ acres 450 acres 8+ million sq. ft. 180,000 sq. ft

Other farm operations:

Poultry: 23
Oilseed/grain: 21
Equine: 8
Vegetable/melon: 8

Cannabis Market by 2020

800,000 kg
$6.5 billion

Food and Beverage

The growth and success of Lincoln’s food and beverage industry is tied directly to the strength of the agricultural sector. Led by wine production, the concentration of beverage manufacturing jobs in Lincoln is 22 times the Ontario average.

Lincoln's wineries, which number more than 50, have spearheaded direct-to-consumer strategies that result in substantial tourism gains, a model now being applied to other food and beverage operations, including a local distillery and brewery.

“The Town of Lincoln embraced the wine industry and this helped facilitate growth and allowed wineries to flourish in the community.” ~ Edward Madronich, President, Flat Rock Cellars


Lincoln is situated in one of the world’s most recognizable travel destinations – Niagara.

The reputation, variety and extent of Niagara’s wineries – a central feature of Lincoln’s offering – has made the region’s wine country a growing visitor draw that complements “The Falls” experience and expands visitor choice.

Other tourism assets in Lincoln include our historic “Balls Falls” village and Jordan village – a unique shopping destination anchored by a local winery and inn.

Visitors can also access some of the very best of nature, thanks to the Niagara Escarpment and the infamous Bruce Trail. As well, Lincoln’s network of country roads are a cyclist’s dream.

Lincoln’s tourism picture:

  • Wining and dining at 50+ wineries, plus craft beer, cider and spirits
  • Festivals – Winter WineFest, Get Fresh in the Valley, Wrapped Up in the Valley, Graze the Bench
  • Balls Falls Conservation Area and historic village
  • Jordan Village
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Boating/sailing


More than a third of the jobs in Lincoln’s manufacturing sector are in beverage manufacturing – principally wineries and craft beverage producers.

At the same time, a number of other manufacturing subsectors, including agri-tech and greenhouse-related manufacturing, have realized promising growth in the past five years.


  • 15 per cent increase in manufacturing jobs between 2012-2017
  • Beverage and wine production accounts for one-third of all manufacturing jobs (602)
  • The concentration of beverage manufacturing jobs is 22 times the Ontario average

For more information please contact Paul Di Ianni, Economic Development Officer, by email or phone, 905-563-2799, ext. 272 

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