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

  • Château des Charmes

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

  • Fielding Estate Winery

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

  • California Cult Classics

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

  • 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...

  • See Ya Later Ranch

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

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Canada on Snooth

  •  some "previously frozen" Alaskan cod I went to Vons and ... Northwest U.S. or western Canada.  It was caught on ships/boats that are at sea for days if not weeks.  It was frozen on the ship.  When the ship returned to port its cargo was transferred to a processing facility and then trucked to the retail outlet--with a stop and transfer at, at... Read More

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  • Drinking wine for the resveratrol is kind of ridiculous.  By the time you get enough, you're suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.  But, if you want muscadine wines, try North Carolina Wine Gifts.  Tell them I sent you and maybe they will arrange to ship somewhere where you can pick it up.  But the complications of shipping across borders is th... Read More

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  • Plenty of other wine with relatively high resveratrol (basically a question of how long the wine lays on the skins, so red wines, of course) that taste a LOT better than muscadine. Had any Madiran, for example (though there are many other delicious reds that might be a bit less in resveratrol content)?Life's too short to skip good-and-healthy wi... Read More

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  • Is there a Muscadine Wine that Ships to Canada?  Does anyone know?  I hear its the highest in Resveratrol.  Can't find it in my city so far.If anyone has an idea, or knows of a brand that ships to Canada, that would be great. :) Read More

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  • Today's posting on CNN.The U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau regulates the ... ... 100 parts per billion in Canada and 200 parts per billion in Europe -- 10 to 20 times higher than the drinking water limit in the United States."It's certainly appropriate to look to other countries' regulations for guidance," Sacks said. "Their regulators are presumabl... Read More

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  • Blackwood Lane Merlot 2010

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    Another winner (what's new?) for Blackwood Lane. This Merlot has a nose of red fruit, cherry wood ( such as found in a love chest) which is a marker of Carlos' wines. The palate is more cherry wood and tart red berry, with chocolate in abundance. The finish is long and rich. Better than many Bordeaux "right bank" offerings. 90-91 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Welcome Sam,I'm in Victoria BC (Canada).  The stuff that the California people are so fond of isn't available most places elsewhere.  We aren't talking about big wineries.  It's also pretty pricey.The people you typically cater to will be looking for good and not expensive.  I wouldn't be telling you anything you don't already know if I say look... Read More

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  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Petit Verdot Malbec 2010

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    Another interesting (and good) experiment with exotic varieties (of a sort). The rusticity of the earth, cedar plank and plum on nose and palate reminds mostly of Malbec and there is a grainy tannin on the finish. Good showing of this variety - at any rate - with the colour of the Petit Verdot also prominent. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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  • Hello Everyone, Thanks for following the Canada Group. I would love to learn more about your interests in the region...Please let me know if there are any particular wines that you have tried and/or varietals that you are fond of. I would like us to have a very interactive group. I look forward to corresponding with all of you!

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  • You'll be pleasantly surprised about the quality of wines from Niagara Region Canada. Both the Reds and Whites are world-class status. And, in my opinion our Ice Wine is the the World's Best! I like both white and reds, leaning toward Merlots, Cab Franc & Sauvihnon Blancs. Sam.

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  • Opinions sought - from persons liiving in BC who also have to rely somewhat on our government liquor stores. What is the best value pinot noir under $35- available to us all in BC (can be from any country)? Ditto for Malbec? i'll satrt....at 19.99 cousino macul reserve Ditto for Zinfandel? so far, for me ..seghesio sonoma zin 2007 $33 Ditt...

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