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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • Reif Estate Winery

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

  • Joie

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

  • Copper Moon

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

  • Trius

    We had a dream to create a wine that would set a new benchmark for winemaking in Niagara-on-the-L...

  • La Frenz Winery

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

  • See Ya Later Ranch

    See Ya Later Ranch is located outside of the town of Okanagan Falls, British Columbia in an atmos...

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  • Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve Canada 2012


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  • Dead End No Return 2015


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  • Over the past 5 years I have tasted the wines of Niagara, Canada via friends who have a cottage and belong to Trius, Peller and Thirty Bench. They rave about the Niagara wines of Canada. While I enjoy the reds and a few of the whites, for me only a few of the whites have the oakey, buttery chardoanay we are used to in California. Does anyone ...

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  • does anyone know about jordan wines canada,,,I found a bottle dated 1932 from a demolition of a 102 year old church..

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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 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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