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

  • Joie

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

  • Mount Boucherie

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

  • Château des Charmes

    The story of Château des Charmes begins over five generations ago with a family that traces its r...

  • Fielding Estate Winery

    The Vineyards From their first small vintage in 2002, Fielding wines are made with meticulous c...

  • La Frenz Winery

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

  • La Ferme Maury

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

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  • Huff Estates Merlot Ontario Vqa Reserve 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Birdsong

  • Hello All this is my first post. I am currently in the process of creating a wine list for a new restaurant opening up in Grand Bend Ontario. Any insight or suggestions people have for wines I should include on my list are welcome and appreciated. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need help creating a wine...

  • Cambria Viognier Tepusquet 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Jarritos

  • Norman Hardie Pinot Noir Prince Edward County Vqa County 2007


    Far too young to be fully appreciated at this stage. Taut acidity, red fruit focus, keen minerally edge. Needs time and plenty of it, one or two years minimum. Read More

    Wine review by Grape Juice

  • Hey,Can anyone help me find where I can purchase Inniskillin (Okanagan, Canada region) 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir?I bought some at the Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards on our way back from Kelowna, BC-- we missed our flight out of Seattle but it was totally worth it.I just shared my last bottle of this deliciously smooth wine, and now cannot find it ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Laura

  • Jackson-Triggs Vidal Icewine Canada 2007


    This is a very sweet ice/dessert wine, with a bright yellowish color on the outside. It smells very fruity, with a distinctive flavor of apricot and peach. It has a very high level of sweetness of the flavor of fruit mentioned upon tasting, possibly more sweet than other vintage. Other than the dominant flavors of peach and apricot, green grapes... Read More

    Wine review by mongkeung

  • Cave Spring Cellars Chardonnay Estate Bottled Reserve 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by RMC9

  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2004


    well textured with darker fruits, firm finish of earth and spice, will do well aged. Read More

    Wine review by Andalusiandog

  • Naked Grape Shiraz NV


    This is a bargain wine and in this case you get what you pay for. Read More

    Wine review by Stampeder

  • Chateau des Charmes Ice Wine Ontario Canada 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by drquinn

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