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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • La Frenz Winery

    LA FRENZ produces exceptional wines on the Naramata Bench in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Pl...

  • Ancient Coast Wines

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

  • Pillitteri Estates Winery

    Pillitteri's winemaking philosophy is quite simple: "To produce the finest VQA wines possible fr...

  • Antelope Ridge

    High atop the western hills of the South Okanagan's Golden Mile sits Antelope Ridge Estate Winery...

  • Le Clos Jordanne

    Le Clos Jordanne is a remarkable partnership between Vincor Canada and Boisset France. It symboli...

  • Hawthorne Mountain

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

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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


  • Baco Noir Henry of Pelham Niagara Ontario 2005

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    This is both an excellent drinking wine and it also has a hidden secret. I have not run across a better wine for making meat sauces or gravies. It has a certain earthiness in keeping with the 'baco' aspect of its name. Red meats, grilled or roasted, fit perfectly with it. Read More

    Wine review by HubertOHearn


  • Mission Hill Winery Shiraz Reserve 2010

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    More "old world style" than new. Somewhat restrained on the nose with dark colour. Plum, blackberry, burnt caramel, wood/sweet cigar, maybe some herbaceous freshness/menthol. On the palate it has lots of acid, blackberry fruit and relatively firm tannin. Moderate length. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Sperling Vineyards the Market White 2010

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    An interesting blend of mainly Pinot Blanc and Bacchus. This wine is soft and aromatic with notes of peach, coconut, and flowers. Mid weight and good length and complexity. Soft tangy supportive acidity seems really well balanced here, as does just a touch of residual sugar. A winner for originality - I've never had anything quite like this wine. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Sperling Vineyards Old Vines Foch 2009

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    A really interesting, almost confusing wine. Foch is a new variety for me. Lots of savoury notes on the nose (think sweet tobacco/cigar box) and slightly burnt caramel...it made me think of stereotypical old world wines. The palate was a HUGE surprise given the nose, light and bright and with lots of acidity and fruit. Light bodied. This wine wa... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Thirty Bench Wines Thirty Bench Riesling Blanc NV

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    aint yellow in the class with a slight orange cast, this wine smells of plum, fresh peach and lime. In the mouth, the wine is incredibly juicy and delicious mouthwatering acidity and a strong mineral character as body. Highly recommended to pizz and pasta as perfect match in a hot summer. Read More

    Wine review by MapleAlan


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Gris 2012

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    Good growing conditions in 2012 have produced an excellent result in this Pinot Gris. The nose is reminiscent of gooseberry, subtle garden flowers (heather) and a hint of anise. In the mouth, there are sharp mineral flavors, aniseed and a green table grape stuffing. Warm, slightly spicy but balanced and even elegant. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Hi Nick,Whereabouts are you in Canada?  Try going to a private liquor store (or call, and ask if they have someone knowledgeable in French wine).  They should be able to give you a reasonable valuation, but this depends on many factors.  Most importantly, how was it stored and is there proof of this?You might be able to sell it on consignment at... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! I am seeking...


  • Mistaken Identity Bianco 2012

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    This Saltspring Island wine (Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada) is grown in a cool Mediterranean climate and tastes suitably like it; the Madelaine varieties are nicely aromatic with gobs of peach, apricot, mandarin orange and a hint of lychee. The palate has nice soft fruit of the same general kind with a spring water, short finish. Per... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Recline Ridge Marechal Foch 2010

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    Another very creditable Foch from Recline Ridge (North Okanagan BC). A slightly reclusive nose of coffee, hickory smoke, plum and sloe with a smooth, creamy entry and a cranberry and fresh leather finish. As expected, not complex but deep like a northern Beaujolais cru. Good control over the natural acidity of the variety. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Cassini Cellars Red Carpet Pinot Noir 2012

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    Sporting good depth and color, this PN also shows a nose of carrot top, celery and wild strawberry. On the palate there is strawberry jam, a hint of coniferous forest floor and old leather. An easy-sipping New World style with good value to price ratio. 86 points. 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 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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