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...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

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

  • Ancient Coast Wines

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

  • Lang Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • Hawthorne Mountain

    The Winery: See Ya later Ranch at Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards Year: Established September 1st, 1...

  • Château des Charmes

    The story of Château des Charmes begins over five generations ago with a family that traces its r...

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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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  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Gewurztraminer 2013

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    This off-dry (German-style) Gewurztraminer has an enticing straw colour topped by a brilliantly pure candied lychee nut scent - almost to the exclusion of all else. The palate gets more canned peach and a hint of ginger spice. A wonderful aperitif or accompaniment for sushi (sans wasabi). 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Riesling 2013

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    Pale yellow in colour, this wine has a perfumed scent of lime, green apple, and a hint of apple vinegar and cinnamon; on the palate there is refreshing acidity with lime and generic citrus notes with some cake spice and apple. Mosel-like balance with a hint of sugar. Slightly more density and this wine punches with the very best. Delicious and ... Read More

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  • Magnotta Winery Corporation Limited Edition Merlot 2002

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  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2013

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    The ripening period of the 2013 summer was hot and sunny leading in part to a hefty sugar content in Pinot Blanc. This wine is complex, with a nose of sweet vanilla, and spritely apple; the palate receives pie spice (allspice, e. g.) and a good dose of citrus and malic acids to balance the sweetness. About as good as it gets for this variety. ... Read More

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  • DV, why do you think I was looking at places in the Gulf Islands (the 'Hawaii of Canada', talk about an oxymoron!)?  ;-)Great find, JD. Ditto to OT's comments. Another example of why estate sales are so much fun.That was back in the days when serious people were passionately serious about making fine-wine merlots and bordeauxish blends, rather t... Read More

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  • Wow, a lot of reports on lots of great wines and great food.  Thank you to ... black widow spiders live in Canada?  I may be wrong (not that unusual), but I would have guessed not.When I upgraded to a Win 8 PC in the spring (I believed all the threats about risks with Win XP being unsupported.), I had a devil of a time figuring out how to get s... Read More

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  • Thread drift is not a bad thing OT.  Some of the better discussions have ... ... called "Cellared in Canada", but they're a sh!t mix of BC grapes, California, and who knows what else.  It's poison.There is however, a Ravenswood Old Vines Zin I noticed yesterday for $20.  I'll give it a whirl.  I prefer Seghesio or Ridg Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Yep. We need to do that anyways though.Adrian - kind of light-hearted but ... ... that's banned in the US, Canada, etc., but once you have knowledge, you have it.So look at the founders of Google and Amazon, two companies who are in a fight to the death. Of the three guys, Sergei Brin is an immigrant from Russa. That's about 30% right there. P... Read More

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  • Valley Girl Blueberries Blueberry 190 NV

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    This off-dry Fraser Valley BC Canada fruit wine made entirely from blueberries (a local crop well-known for high quality fruit) is very good; it is deep cherry red in colour with blueberry jam notes and garden flowers (who knows which) on the nose and sweet, clean, balanced blueberry flavours on entry. The finish is medium. Chill well. 84 poi... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Can anyone tell me if Snooth ships to Canada?  Love the website. wines look great, but live in Nova Scotia.  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.

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  • 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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