Canadian Wine


Canada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of the early European settlers experimented with planting vinifera species from their home country, but these often succombed to vine diseases in the heat and humidity of summers, and froze to death in the frigid winters. However, indigenous grapes could withstand these conditions. European varietals were still being tested, but labrusca and riparia grapes and their hybrids such as Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Baco Noir, Concord, Niagara, Duchess and Maréchal Foch made up the majority of the wines. Suffice to say, these were not the stuff of global acclaim. 
In the early 1900s, Canada saw a sweeping temperance movement that enacted a Prohibition in most of the provinces from 1901 in Prince Edward Island, ending for most of the country in 1930 (Prince Edward Island finally relented in 1948). This had similar consequences and blackmarket equivocations as the American one. 

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Varietals Produced in Canada View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Canada

  • British Columbia

      British Columbia in the western part of Canada has come a long way from its humble beginni...

  • Nova Scotia

    Nova Scotia’s wine industry rarely gets the attention it deserves. Though the climate is cool, ...

  • Ontario

      Ontario is the most productive wine-producing province within Canada, accounting for the m...

Popular Wineries in Canada View all

  • Copper Moon

    Copper Moon is a wine produced in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The wine is available in r...

  • Fielding Estate Winery

    The Vineyards From their first small vintage in 2002, Fielding wines are made with meticulous c...

  • Mount Boucherie

    Located in Westbank, BC (across from Kelowna), this family owned and operated winery creates some...

  • Joie

    In the fall of 2002 we purchased a beautiful 5 acre farm on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Va...

  • Ancient Coast Wines

    Many years ago, a massive inland sea, larger than the great lakes, covered most of Ontario. Over ...

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way...

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Canada on Snooth

  • Those of you who regularly visit this site should be familiar with the racy acidity of the Tantalus Riesling - a personal favorite of mine. Well, I can say that, after one further year in the bottle the 2009 is already showing signs of age with ginger, petrol and a rapid fall-off in acidity. This wine looks like it would age about 3-5 years to...

    Comment by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • I noticed during a quick reprise of the site that someone lamented a lack of information (or perhaps reviews of products by) Painted Rock. I actually have some familiarity with Red Icon and other products of this winery but have yet to post a review. Perhaps others have already reviewed some of the wines, but if not, I shall have a review or t...

    Comment by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • VV,I should have given my own notes!  The nose reminded me of Washington ... you about how shipping from Canada to US might work and also whether he could get some of the Foch! info@invino.com1-800-518-21 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • DV, I'm assuming you mean you won't be able to find any more '09s, ... for the most part, how does Canada handle shipping of wine to the U Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Culmina Hypothesis 2011


    The 2011 Culmina is quite a surprise - there is a certain mute element on the nose (slightly closed) but with lightweight cassis. The entry is quite light in body, but with light, attractive tannin and demi-sec blackberry flavors. The wine is clean, pure and promises even better results down the line. Tastes like a St.-Estephe wine... Pricy, b... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • Peller Estates Ice Cuvee Classic Niagara Peninsula Vqa NV


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Burrowing Owl Vineyards-Syrah 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Popmuseum

  • I'm going to close the enrollment this coming Monday, 26 Oct 2015. ... USA ... USA people.  Anyone in Canada should of course wait until everyone else has opened and tasted their bottles..... :-)&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

  • So here you go, D. I represented this guy recently who was held in federal ... keep in mind he's from Canada.  And part of his deal is he gets to go to Canadian prison after a few years, and they have the option to parole him out, which they are expected to do.  Follow the money, FBI!  Follow the wine stains, to Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine and Crime--Part II

  • Lock & Worth Winery Square One 2013


    What strikes me most about the best British Columbia wines is their purity; this Cabernet Franc is slightly muted on the nose (it is a serious, yet young wine), but has inviting scents of Western Red Cedar and blackberry without the green bell pepper. The entry is smooth, with cassis, Central American coffee and a hint of tannin. Finish is long... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • Cave Spring Cellars Riesling Niagara 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by POMBERO

  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay 2013


    Considering the high regard for this wine and vintage by "professional" tasters, I expected a little more. Colour is an inviting green - very Chablis-like - with a bouquet dominated by vanilla, spice and oak with apple pie in the background. Entry is warm and slightly harsh due to oak-forward and fruit-overwhelmed taste. Finish is medium and ... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • Love Canadian wines, but you are missing one of my favorite wineries. Where is Painted Rock?

    Comment by 762720LaurenGrace 762720 LaurenGrace

  • Just an information update. I was interested in your description of the Canadian wine scene but found that it lacked a little in familiarity with our industry. I own Hinterbrook Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and am committed to producing nothing but the best table wines anywhere. Due to the influence of the Great Lakes our climatic zon...

    Comment by 698102Superbwine 698102 Superbwine

  • I live here and love it. I would have to say a treat for me is a bottle of Inskillin Vidal Ice wine and of course a hot wife to enjoy it with.

    Comment by 684180Lapincherry 684180 Lapincherry

  • lUV IT...

    Comment by 661376P MCTAGGART 661376 P MCTAGGART

  • i visited a winery in sommerland bc canada can anyone help with name and location?

    Comment by 661376P MCTAGGART 661376 P MCTAGGART

  • Canada rocks! :D

    Comment by 632491fibreoptik 632491 fibreoptik

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