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

  • Mission Hill Winery

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

  • Kettle Valley Winery

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

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

    In 1997 we purchased five acres of bare land in an area of the Okanagan Valley known as "The Gold...

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

  • Silver Sage Winery

    Welcome to Silver Sage Winery. Located in Oliver , BC , we have some of the best wine in the Okan...

  • Stratus

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by djbokka

  • Pelee Island Winery Baco Noir Ontario Vqa 2007


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    Wine review by Danny C

  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir 2004


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    Wine review by Danny C

  • Mission Ridge Chardonnay NV


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    Wine review by tmcleod

  • Mission Hill Winery Pinot Noir Five Vineyards 2004


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    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

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