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

  • Fielding Estate Winery

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

  • Kettle Valley Winery

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

  • Silver Palm Wines

    At Silver Palm, our passion is creating extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon. We select choice grapes...

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

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

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

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

  • Greata Ranch Vineyard

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Henry of Pelham Family Estate Riesling Icewine 2006

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    Wine review by grox


  • Inniskillin Vidal Oak Aged Ice Wine 2004

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    delicious sweat fruity white dessert wine best served chilled. Read More

    Wine review by beactive


  • The North Fork of Long Island, New York is home to some 30 wineries, who, ... ... ... predominantly comes from Canada). This results in a moderate summer, with a long growing season but a cold winter, which is fortunately moderated by the presence of water on three sides of the Fork.Mark and I were there yesterday to attend Lenn Thompson's Win... Read More

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  • I remember when I was growing up in Toronto (Canada, eh) that one of the annual events that I always wanted to attend was the Canadian National Exhibition at the Exhibition fairgrounds.  Locally this  event is affectionately called "The Ex", and the slogan was "Let's go to the Ex".  I thought this was the biggest fair in the world and I thought ... Read More

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  • St. Hubertus Pinot Blanc Blanc 2007

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    This wine is juicy goodness. A lively Pinot Blanc, with a full mouth of fruit balanced nicely with fresh acidity. Perfect sipper on a sunny day, and versatile with a variety of foods. Well priced, adds to the charm. Read More

    Wine review by Fete Accompli


  • St. Hubertus Marechal Foch Rouge 2006

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    Wine review by Fete Accompli


  • Quails' Gate 2007

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    We just moved to BC, and discovered this delighful VQA gem. I'm not usually a fan of Roses, but this one is a real treat. Made locally in British Columbia, this wine is best enjoyed in hot weather and with light food, in my humble opinion. Although the screw-cap top doesn't appeal to me all that much, the price point of this wine is pretty co... Read More

    Wine review by jonesa3


  • Quails' Gate 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jonesa3


  • Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery Pinot Grigio 2006

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    Wine review by DTS


  • Van Westen Vineyards Pinot Blanc Blend Naramata Bench Vivacious 2006

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    easy drinking. light. not too sweet. Read More

    Wine review by DTS


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