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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Mission Hill Winery

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

  • Kettle Valley Winery

    Naramata is easily the premier growing region in British Columbia, with it’s moderate temperature...

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

    In 1997 we purchased five acres of bare land in an area of the Okanagan Valley known as "The Gold...

  • Calona Vineyards

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

  • Silver Sage Winery

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

  • Stratus

    Explore the wines of Stratus by visiting the winery located in the historic town of Niagara-on-...

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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 Limited Edition Whisky Barrel Aged Red 2015

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    Pours a muddled dark cherry color, with plum and Earthy soiled undertones. Aromas of booze right up front that soften with some oxidation, and along comes soft vanilla, dark cherry, liquor (whisky) and oak char. The flavors follow suit with plenty of smoky oak barrel, whisky, dark cherry and perhaps blueberry.....yup there's definitely blueber... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Ravine Sand and Gravel Chardonnay 2016

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    Pear, Tropical Fruit, Lemon Meringue Pie, caramel, and oak. Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Ravine Sand and Gravel Chardonnay 2016

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    Most people love Niagara Falls because it is such a magical place! There is ... ... wines. Pssstby the way..Canada produces amazing wines and some of the best are right in the Niagara region just a few miles from the thunderous Niagara Falls! So if you have a craving to experience magical waterfalls and even more magical wines and food, then ... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Duncan, it's bad enough that the United States is embarrassed.  ... almost as good as Canada Read More

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  • I'd offer some information about Canada's health care system, which I know for a fact riles the very core of most capitalists in the US, especially insurance companies etc, but not sure if it would help the discussion.  I know for a fact that Canada's system is portrayed as negatively as possible in the US (I've lived there).  I hear things like... Read More

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  • How is mead somehow wine, Paul? Don't think it was called anything but ... ... good wines from his home of Canada, where growing conditions aren't always as friendly as California or the Mediterranea Read More

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  • Well, Paul, I suggest you try to watch as the wonderful current Republican ... ... ... even some asking to join Canada, though the Canucks won't want to take them. China could well have bullied most of East Asia into submission after a bloody exchange with a hedge-hog-like Japan, though India would've also bloodied them to the west and stopped... Read More

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  • Tried this wine - I've had for a few months now.  Was looking through ... took me to Wine Align out of Canada.  Apparently, because it of the name Lindeman, they assumed that it was made in OZ.  It's not - it's made in Ca. Says so on the back and it's got "California" in it's back name. Don't know what they're thinkin' up there.Anyway, this is... Read More

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  • Osoyoos Larose Petales d'Osoyoos

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    Intense aromas of raspberry and subtle vanilla. It gives you a long fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by Dilbretta


  • Copper Moon Cabernet Sauvignon NV

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    Thin bodied and very clear with a ruby red coloration.....great legs on the inside of the glass after a good swirl. Aromas that are fresh and very fruit forward....blackberry, raspberry, Bing cherry etc....slightly boozy as well. The flavors are juicy, fruity and of basic berry fruits. The mouthfeel is light, dry and there is a muted lingerin... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • 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...

    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.

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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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