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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Pillitteri Estates Winery

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

  • See Ya Later Ranch

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

  • Stratus

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

  • Lang Vineyards

    Lang Vineyards opened its doors in 1990 and has grown from its humble beginning into one of th...

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

    Jackson-Triggs has a long history of supporting vital, community-based organizations with part...

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

    n 1998, Joseph DeMaria, having no previous winemaking experience, made his first icewine from a 5...

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  • Hillebrand Estates Trius Red 2004


    Had this with Prime Rib tonight ... AWESOME. Good tannins, some spice, balance with low alcohol. Very bordeaux like. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn

  • ° ° Recently one of our other bloggers here on Snooth, Callie Exas, posted a ... ... It was first produced in Canada by a winery called Inniskillin.  The market grew strong domestically and stared with a white grape called Vidal (or Vidal Blanc).  Other than in ice wine, Vidals natural acidity makes it suitable for a wide range of styles, from... Read More

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  • And remember no internet peeking!1. What is the Zonda (and how does it impact ... ... Ancestry?7. Like the US, Canada also suffered from Prohibition in the first third of the 20th century. However, Canadas version of Prohibition wisely exempted wine from the general ban on alcohol, energizing the countrys nascent wine industry. After Repeal i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The American Wines not from...

  • Pelee Island Winery Pinot Noir 2007


    This wine is light body and young. The finish is kind of short. It will taste better after a few years. None the less it is a fun wine to drink. I enjoyed it with roasted cashew nuts. Read More

    Wine review by Emiabata

  • Hawthorne Mountain Chardonnay See Ya Later 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by JanFrank

  • La Frenz Merlot 2005


    Smooth, full bodied Merlot with definite chocolate nose and taste! Read More

    Wine review by JanFrank

  • Pelee Island Winery Baco Noir Ontario Vqa 2007


    The nose is long with red cherry. It is smooth and well rounded. The finish is great. This is my first experience with Baco Noir and it was very satisfying. Read More

    Wine review by Emiabata

  • Konzelmann Estate Winery Merlot Reserve NV


    great. Read More

    Wine review by lizamcd

  • Cabernet Merlot NV


    delicious Read More

    Wine review by lizamcd

  • Pelee Island Winery Pinot Noir 2006


    not very dry, very smooth. Read More

    Wine review by lizamcd

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