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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Vincor International

    Vincor Canada is the largest producer and marketer of wine and related products in Canada. The Co...

  • Reif Estate Winery

    The Reif family tradition of winemaking began nearly half a millennium ago in the small winemakin...

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • Mount Boucherie

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

  • Joie

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

  • Trius

    We had a dream to create a wine that would set a new benchmark for winemaking in Niagara-on-the-L...

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  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2002


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    Wine review by drewlentz

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2005


    Nice bottle of wine. Nice ruby colour with hints of strawberry and sour cherry on the nose. Same flovours on the nose with a nice medium length finish.87 Read More

    Wine review by Evil Homer

  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine 2004


    appearance:clear bright with deep intensity golden color at the core and watery rim. with several thick luscious legs at the bowl.nose:clean, developping, medium (+) intensity aromas of dried fruits - raisins, apricots with layers of nuttiness, petrol, honey.palate:sweet with a medium acidity, medium (-) alcohol level, and a full body. medium ... Read More

    Wine review by Grande Passione

  • Sandhill Merlot Burrowing Owl 2004


    This was a great surprise. Lots of black/blue fruit on the nose...huge chocolate, blackberry, blueberry, coffee on the finish. Very enjoyable.88 Read More

    Wine review by Evil Homer

  • Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc Okanagan Valley Vqa 2004


    Another fine effort from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Hints of oak with chocolate and berry flavours. Beautiful colour. Good tannins and nice crispness make this an enjoyable wine. Nice blackberry and raspberry on the palate.87 Read More

    Wine review by Evil Homer

  • Elephant Island Estate Winery Crab Apple Naramata Bench 2005


    This was my first fruit wine. An interesting experience to say the least. Beautiful amber colour. An different nose for sure...some mint, apple and mineral tones. Nice on the mouth, very flavourful. Apple, pear, and nectarine. Nicely sweet with some good acidity. A nice sipper for dessert.86 Read More

    Wine review by Evil Homer

  • Black Hills Estate Sauvignon Blanc Alibi 2005


    Nice golden colour. Hints of grapefruit, lemon and floral notes. Has green melon and green apple flavours. A good job but there are better Sauvignon Blancs for the price.87 Read More

    Wine review by Evil Homer

  • Sumac Ridge Merlot Black Sage 2003


    This wine has huge toffee, smoky coffee, vanilla, butterscotch nose with tobacco, pepper and a hint of cassis. Soft on the palate with hits of cassis, vanilla and smoke on the finish. Nice bottle88 Read More

    Wine review by Evil Homer

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley Vqa 2005


    Very fine pinot from the Okanagan Valley...great legs and beautiful nose. Medium tannins and medium length finish. Hints of raspberry and chocolate. Very nice 88 Read More

    Wine review by Evil Homer

  • Burrowing Owl Vineyards Merlot 2004


    This wine has cooked cherry, pruny, peppery, tobacco leaf, coffee minty nose but a somewhat volatile. Dry, round, very warm palate with light tannins. Coffee, black cherry, menthol, tobacco leaf, green olive flavours. Warm, oaky, somewhat green leafy finish.86 Read More

    Wine review by Evil Homer

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