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

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

  • Greata Ranch Vineyard

    Greata Ranch was established in 1895 by British immigrant George Greata. Although the property wa...

  • Mount Boucherie

    Located in Westbank, BC (across from Kelowna), this family owned and operated winery creates some...

  • Pillitteri Estates Winery

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

  • 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...

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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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  • 8th Generation Pinot Noir 2013

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    8th Generation is a well-respected producer of Germanic-styled wines in Summerland BC. This PN is no exception; the style is seems German, but slightly deeper, smokier and rubbery; get past the smoke and rubber and you have cooked strawberry, with a vanilla/tannin finish. If the German style is the objective, all is well. 86-87 points. Read More

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  • Gray Monk Pinot Blanc 2014

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    I received this modestly priced Pinot Blanc from a family friend at a reception honouring a recently deceased relative. Since I had not had any wine from the Heiss family holdings in years, I looked forward to updating my knowledge of this beautiful vineyard and its produce. I was not disappointed: the wine is almost chardonnay-like with apple... Read More

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  • I'm Katherine Vann from Canada.. i'm a newbie here and I would like to share my experience and hear your experiences..  Read More

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  • Copper Moon-Malbec

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    This is an inexpensive wine, but has a very nice smooth finish. Very enjoyable with appetizers or a great steak. Read More

    Wine review by Suzy2013


  • Copper Moon-Malbec

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    Lovely taste, goes well with anything. I so wish it was available in the USA. I am a Canadian and absolutely love this wine. My husband is not a wine drinker but really enjoys this. Read More

    Wine review by Eduardus


  • I voted almost 3 weeks ago.  It didn't work.  Robocalls still ... hers who is originally from Canada posted that today the Canadian border will be closed to the U.S. and will stay closed until 202 Read More

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  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Reserve 2014

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    The 2014 edition of the La Frenz Reserve (Naramata Bench) Chardonnay is a lovely expression of the grape in a British Columbia setting - the very gentle mineral-based apple and pear flavours emerge from the chewy oak which might be a teeny bit heavy. Still, the wine hits the palate much like a Chilean alternative - but with a more delicacy and ... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


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  • Vintage Ink 2013

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    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

    Wine review by chriscage


  • 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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  • 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...

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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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