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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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

  • Mission Hill Winery

    Mission Hill Family Estate, a modern take on old-world architecture, is one of the most impressiv...

  • Reif Estate Winery

    The Reif family tradition of winemaking began nearly half a millennium ago in the small winemakin...

  • Silver Sage Winery

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

  • Vincor International

    Vincor Canada is the largest producer and marketer of wine and related products in Canada. The Co...

  • California Cult Classics

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

  • Joie

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

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  • 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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  • Vintage Ink 2013


    Vintage inky coloration, clarity is good, and just slightly brown hues around the rim. The aromas remind me of a Cab Sauv. and are of dark berry, chocolate, slightly boozy, and hints of strawberry sweetness. Flavors follow suit, and are jammy, strawberry, vanilla, woody oak and overall is nice! The mouthfeel is medium body, with smooth silky... Read More

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  • I used to stay in a house in an area called Bellevue where the view out the ... formalities there. Like what Canada and the US used to be if anyone can remember pre-9/1 Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth forum Heather.  DV is a good guy to help you out, ... ... March, which is close to Canada anyway. &nbs Read More

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  • Very interested in organic, dry farmed wines with little or no additives and ... content that can be found in Canad Read More

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  • Yeah, tons-per-acre count is also probably pretty high. Assuming normal harvest ... eiswein case, especially for Canada as opposed to Germany."Yo soy yo y mi circunstancia". I always saw Ortega y Gasset as being influenced by William James, with Jesuit twist. His influence on Llosa is pretty clear. Though certainly Nietzsche does make his appea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Anselmann Trockenbeerenauslese

  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... but ... some from Ontario Canada.Good luc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sauterne, Labeled in the sixties

  • Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014


    Purpulish coloration with brown hues around the edges...good clarity and very nice lanky legs. Aromas are of Cassis/currant, blackberry, huge dark chocolate/cocoa, peppery spice, albeit muted, Earthy blackberry, molasses sweetness and hints of alcohol. The flavors follow suit with plenty of fruits and some deep cocoa/dark chocolate, spice and ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Old Vines 2014


    The acidic, wild berry aroma and flavour of this well-made Baco Noir will appeal to old-style drinkers of Ontario wines; to wit, the wine is bright, filled with cranberry tartness and finishes short. It is a pocket of history in a bottle and worth drinking - especially if you are eating seafood or light entrees. Worth trying. 85 points. Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • 30 Bench Riesling 2014


    This off-dry Riesling from the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario, Canada is a very fine offering from the LCBO (Ontario Liquor Control Board); it has beautiful and inviting notes of petrol, lemon, and sour apple on the nose, and it gets better: the flavour is rich, the mouth feel viscous and green-apple dominant on the finish without excessive warmth... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2014


    OK so this is from Nova Scotia - a very marginal wine region... however, the area around Wolfville is producing electric ( read: nervy, acidic but still slightly off-dry, slightly sparkling wine of the rose variety) wine. The wine is strangely balanced: the acidity of the slightly underdone grapes plus some residual sugar works to perfection. A... 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...

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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 wife to enjoy it with.

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  • lUV IT...

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

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  • Canada rocks! :D

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