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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud is the brand of winemaker Bradley Cooper and his wife Audralee Daum.

  • Silver Sage Winery

    Welcome to Silver Sage Winery. Located in Oliver , BC , we have some of the best wine in the Okan...

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The Heiss family moved to the Okanagan Valley from Europe via Edmonton, Alberta with dreams of ow...

  • Lang Vineyards

    Lang Vineyards opened its doors in 1990 and has grown from its humble beginning into one of th...

  • Joie

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

  • California Cult Classics

    California Cult Classics is a licensed private club operation. Each club member purchases a quant...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Church & State Wines Viognier 2013

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    Another fine Church and State Wines offering... with a fine domestic flower scent (Wisteria, petunia, for example) with some spice such as nutmeg. The palate receives a princely flow of cake spice, peach, vanilla (light oak) and tropical fruit with good viscosity, creaminess and no bitterness - almost like petit Chateau Grillet. 14.3% alcohol a... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Good history lesson, DV (kudos to Wikipedia). I've always wondered how the ... ... seen are actually from Canada. Fox, here's a rider on the original challenge. Where's this? It's still relevant within the original context, and I've had good wine here, too.  And DV I'm not sure this is all that irrelevant or even irreverent. Where do you thin... Read More

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  • DM,I meant it's so irrelevant, it's Forum terrorism.JD, actually ... ... Victoria is) is below the Canada/US border (the 49th parallel). The Oregon Treaty set the U.S. and British North American border at the 49th parallel with the exception of Vancouver Island, which was retained in its entirety by the British. Vancouver Island, with all coas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2014 Reveal Day...


  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2013

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    Again, with these white Rhone-style whites from British Columbia Canada, there is intriguing Camomile Tea and peach with hints of pear, kiwi and other soft fruit. Good viscosity (mouth feel) with peach and some almond-like bitterness on the finish. Lacking only a bit of purity. Excellent value. 89 points Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Church and State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2012

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    The nose of this wine is a,an intriguing vanilla, filbert and spiced apple - ... Kensington Wines, Burnaby BC Canad Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Saskatchewan, British Columbia?  I do not have many links to Canada, and the ones that I do have are pretty remote, but that doesn't sound right.  There's a city in British Columbia named Saskatchewan?  There very well may be. For all I know there may be a Colorado in California. Did anybody besides me have a problem with Snooth yesterday?  Star... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Welcome Ed,  there's a duplicate Canada reference in your post.  What are the odds of that, in Oklahoma!  I and several others are in Canada, so it's not lost on us.  Curious to know, as EMark said, what wines did you try and do they grow many grape varieties? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Wow!  The Genealogy thread!  DM, you're ancestors might have had ... ... of what was to become Canada.  A lot of the French were fooling around with the First Nations women.  Where the hell am I going with this?  Is anyone REALLY American?Vino, are any of your relatives politicians?  If they came from Ottawa, they'd likely have a predilection... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Reserve 2012

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    The talented Jeff Martin makes this delicious Chard in a (rather) Cali style - with prominent oak (but not too, too prominent), a sweet entry with ample vanilla, butterscotch, apple and tropical fruit such as mango. This is a fine wine for the price, the only distraction being the gentle northern Chardonnay being a teeny bit overpowered by the ... Read More

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  • Township 7 Cabernet Sauvignon Blue Terrace Vineyard 2010

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    This 2010 entry from Township 7 (originally headquartered at Langley BC Canada - but with vineyards in Naramata) is a nice, medium-bodied, sound Cab with a hint of acidity, precipitated tannin, coffee and tasty blackberry notes; the balance is good and nose is leather plus black fruit such as mentioned. Very good value, but drink now. 87 points. Read More

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

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  • 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...

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  • 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 blonde....my 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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