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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way...

  • Hawthorne Mountain

    The Winery: See Ya later Ranch at Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards Year: Established September 1st, 1...

  • Château des Charmes

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

  • Greata Ranch Vineyard

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

  • Joie

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

  • California Cult Classics

    California Cult Classics is a licensed private club operation. Each club member purchases a quant...

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Canada on Snooth

  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Danny C

  • Mission Ridge Chardonnay NV


    No written review

    Wine review by tmcleod

  • Mission Hill Winery Pinot Noir Five Vineyards 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by tmcleod

  • Mike Weir Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine 2006


    I was amazed by this wine. Didn't know what to expect but was very surprised. Very good acidity and balance. Not overly sweet as some ice wines seem to be. Almost wish I could have kept this a few more years for it to evolve. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Ice Wine

  • 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

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