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...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

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

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • California Cult Classics

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

  • Fielding Estate Winery

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

  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

    Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, established in the quaint town of Summerland, BC was founded by Harry ...

  • La Frenz Winery

    LA FRENZ produces exceptional wines on the Naramata Bench in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Pl...

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Canada on Snooth

  • Spierhead Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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    Those who appreciate the soft flavours of Loire Valley Rose wines (against the more serious nature of Provence pink) will like this BC wine; there is wild honey and strawberry trifle on the nose with a soft strawberry on the palate - though quite muted. Can pair with light meats and appetizers or picnic fare and should be loved by all on its own... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Paulo,Welcome to the forum!  You'll get several responses I'm ... ... ... sure.  I'm in Canada, but I lived in Redding for a few years, I know your area.  There are many California regulars here.  I love Amarone and Ripasso, but I would be skeptical of versions that aren't from Veron Read More

    Forum post in the topic Glad to be among friends


  • Soon... very soon, the investment in Chilean wine areas will necessitate a rise ... ... of retirement in the US, Canada and, to some extent, Western Europe.Generally, Chilean wines are very sound, technically wonderful but lacking in heart.  That may, of course, change as Chile grows as a nation.  Chile itself has much heart.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chilean buried treasure


  • Cipes Rosé NV

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    Lots of mousse here with a lovely Tavel-like deep pink tone to the wine; kiwi, strawberry and assorted refrigerated fruit greet the nose, and entry is soft, gentle and full of small bubbles. The flavour is also soft and delicate with fresh strawberry predominating. Effervescence continues for many minutes. Elegant and a great bargain. Better ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Silver Sage Winery Merlot 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by BlackMarlin


  • Quails' Gate Rose 2012

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    If you liked your grandfather's rhubarb wine, this is the rose for you... Though sound and flavourful, it is one-dimensional - not unlike those white Zinfandels of yore. Slightly sweet, but smooth this would do very well at the family picnic. 83 pts. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Copper River salmon was 12.99 last week so I bought a few. Back to 15 now but ... you can get more wine into Canada than 2 bottle Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • I am being held prisoner in solitary confinement in a universe of wine.  ... ... I can only come back to Canada with two bottles! (without being #$%ed by taxes).  Emark, did Costco say where the salmon was from?  I guess I can be thankful for somethings....salmon here at times in summer can be really cheap, like under $10 for a whole one!&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Haha,,Jen, aren't you a geologist?  ;)Welcome KBoss,I was in Brazil ... brought back four bottles to Canada. Still have a big red blend that was, in my friend's opinion, their best, and a Syrah that I thought was as good or better.  Of course they aren't available in here, that I've ever seen.  In fact, there's little really good Chilean stuff... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chilean buried treasure


  • MustardM.I would suggest a visit to a medical practitioner that knows about ... I think may get shipped to Canada, then eat some dark chocolate, and then go and get a massage. If you cramp overnight, then go and get some medical acupuncture (http://www.acupunctureacademy.ca/) and repeat the procedure every 48-96 hours apart, until you have had... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


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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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