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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Kettle Valley Winery

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

  • Antelope Ridge

    High atop the western hills of the South Okanagan's Golden Mile sits Antelope Ridge Estate Winery...

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

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

  • La Ferme Maury

    This vineyard farm, facing the Nothumberland Strait, with all its surrounding activities, w...

  • Pillitteri Estates Winery

    Pillitteri's winemaking philosophy is quite simple: "To produce the finest VQA wines possible fr...

  • Mount Boucherie

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

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  • @DMCKER I'm located in Calgary, Canada. Sadly not particularly wine country adjacent. Closest wine country would be the Okanagan, one province away. But Calgary has a fair number of independent wine retailers and wine bars etc. @Stephen HarveyThanks for the tip. I will definitely try to start there.  Read More

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  • EM-I hear ya! But my kids want to so we did. We still learned a few things we ... 1960s. Elizabeth Arden from Canada presented her products as emblems of an upper-class life of comfort. Helena Rubinstein, from Poland, "emphasized science", promising an "exotic look." That was "code for Jewish" according to Scott Frankel.[1]We then had dinner a... Read More

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  • Wine is booming in CHina5 years ago it was AUD25m per annum went through ... ... BrexitReasonable groeth in Canada and Nordics - rest of Europe tough due to ag subsiidies and people supporting their own country wine [as they should]CHina came of the boil for Iron ore in 2013-14 although some pick up late last year saw a peak in the price but i... Read More

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  • By the way, here is the article about ithttps://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/oct/12/canada-quebec-aperitif-tomato-wine Read More

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  • Enjoying this Austrian Gruner that the CFOs father brought us on his last trip ... trip ... one of those Air Canada tix, he's in Portland right now with his grandson, next stop New Zealand.  Not bad for an 88 year old. Hope to be doing the same when we get to be his age - go Tom g Read More

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  • Northern Lights Mirtillo Blueberry Wine NV

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    Normally not a fan of fruit wine, I found this blend of tame and wild blueberries quite exceptional; what struck me most was the similarity (sans a slight excess bitterness one expects from blueberry) to certain light country wines of Southern France and elsewhere with a Grenache panache on the nose (plus jujube). Entry is smooth, light and fin... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Norman Hardie Pinot Noir -Unfiltered 2009

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    A lovely expression of Pinot Noir - uniquely County. Pale cherry red color. Beautiful floral nose, ripe raspberry, cherry fruit and funky earthiness. Light to Mid-weight, smooth and sweet on the palate with hints of silky black cherries, plums, herb fruit and fine, spicy notes. Lingering pure fruit finish. Enjoy this wine on its own or with food... Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • Anyone know where I can purchase a Christian Moeuix Merlot Bordeau?Its out of stock in Ontario Canada. Willing to purchase online. (Drank my last bottle from 2011).Contact me at boyinsidetheman at hotmail dot com. Thanks all! Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2014

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    Very Pinot Noir, very New World, this wine evokes strawberry-cherry confit on the nose and a slightly leathery strawberry entry. There is a slight spice on the nostrils as the wine finishes. Less Burgundian now with the tossing of torch to a younger generation of wine-maker, but still a fine product... just different. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Red Roosters' the Coop 2014

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    Nice ruby/brown coloration with sweet aromas, juicy cherry/plum/field berries and slight spice. The flavors are actually quite sweet, which I'm digging and this is light and fruit forward....cherries, grapes, strawberry, hints of blueberry and slightly tart raspberry. There is mellow spice and chocolate blended in there as well. Light to medi... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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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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