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 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...

  • 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

  • Mission Hill Winery

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

  • La Ferme Maury

    This vineyard farm, facing the Nothumberland Strait, with all its surrounding activities, w...

  • Antelope Ridge

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

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The Heiss family moved to the Okanagan Valley from Europe via Edmonton, Alberta with dreams of ow...

  • Vincor International

    Vincor Canada is the largest producer and marketer of wine and related products in Canada. The Co...

  • Le Clos Jordanne

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

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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


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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Averill Creek Vineyard Red Blend Vancouver Island Prevost 2009

    Snoothrank:

    OK, so here we have a sentimental favourite for someone who lived on Vancouver Island (you should go there). This wine from Duncan BC has the added interest component of Cabernet Foch in the blend (experimental); the nose is muted but has obvious French roast coffee and cherry - which is pleasant. The entry is light with coffee acerbity and bit... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Because there just wasn't enough wine.  Okay, I'll bring the Cote ... funniest thing ever about Canada is this modest NYer cartoo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Fox, I agree.  I'm not sure of statistics on obesity in US v. Canada, but I'm sure it's similar, generally.On the west coast, I think we're more likely to do outdoor fitness activity year-round versus the rest of the country.Balance in life is a good policy.  Being sedentary is not good.  Over-eating is not good, unless you require it for your c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Does Wine Make You Over-Weight?


  • Okay, keep in mind that for GregT who is like 6'4" tall, a bottle is ... Kaiser, which most resembles Canada's system in the US, with low co-pays and the like, does a lot more to encourage good health in the first place than the rest of the US system, and with some success.  Problem is that most wealthy societies seem to be gaining weight--the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Does Wine Make You Over-Weight?


  • Big Al, I love the Lopez de Haro (reserve 2005).  I bought a few of ... ... it.  Today commemorates Canada's sovereignty from Britain (July 1st, 1867), national holiday of course. Rode 160km (100 miles for those who don't do metric) in glorious sun and had a barbeque at my place later.  One guy brought the Mollydooker Boxer..pretty good choice... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Hi Dennis,This most likely isn't the place you'll learn what you need ... have a great Canada Day.  You have a great 4th of July!Darre Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Member - Hello Snooth


  • Spierhead Pinot Noir Rose 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Those who appreciate the soft flavours of Loire Valley Rose wines (against the more serious nature of Provence pink) will like this BC wine; there is wild honey and strawberry trifle on the nose with a soft strawberry on the palate - though quite muted. Can pair with light meats and appetizers or picnic fare and should be loved by all on its own... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Paulo,Welcome to the forum!  You'll get several responses I'm ... ... ... sure.  I'm in Canada, but I lived in Redding for a few years, I know your area.  There are many California regulars here.  I love Amarone and Ripasso, but I would be skeptical of versions that aren't from Veron Read More

    Forum post in the topic Glad to be among friends


  • Soon... very soon, the investment in Chilean wine areas will necessitate a rise ... ... of retirement in the US, Canada and, to some extent, Western Europe.Generally, Chilean wines are very sound, technically wonderful but lacking in heart.  That may, of course, change as Chile grows as a nation.  Chile itself has much heart.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chilean buried treasure 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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