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...

  • 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...

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

  • La Ferme Maury

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

  • Château des Charmes

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

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • Fielding Estate Winery

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

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud is the brand of winemaker Bradley Cooper and his wife Audralee Daum.

  • Hawthorne Mountain

    The Winery: See Ya later Ranch at Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards Year: Established September 1st, 1...

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Canada on Snooth

  • "My name's Dick and I LOVE wine!"Start a blog!Just remember, ... ... them to be "Cellared in Canada"?Poor OP. I wish there were a way to see if any of them ever log back in.&nbs Read More

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  • http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/11_79_2005Pretty dry stuff, ... criteria.Cellared in BC (or Canada) means it's got anything from ehtylene glycol to Aqua Velva in it.EMark, those were my in-laws that were so kind.  Plenty of these will be here for when you're able to visit!Greg, I'm all over the blog idea.  I'm SO excited!!!   Read More

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  • My name's Dick and I LOVE wine!I'm still in Seattle, on tablet ... ... actually called Cellared in Canada, but it's typically made entirely of plonk from anywhere but.Christmas gifts I received included a 2001 Bertani Amarone and a 2000 Fanti (Tenuta San Filipo) Brunello and of course JD's G. Conterno barbera d'alba.   What a lucky gu Read More

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  • Intrigue Riesling 2013

    Snoothrank:

    This is a first Intrigue Wine for me, and I am very pleased to say that this Riesling has a wonderful green apple peel nose that fits some Nahe wines to a tee. The entry is mouth-filling with Granny Smith apple, sprinkled with canned pear and plenty of bracing acidity. Finish is medium and your tongue keeps calling for more. Superb effort; sup... Read More

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  • Church & State Wines Viognier 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Another fine Church and State Wines offering... with a fine domestic flower scent (Wisteria, petunia, for example) with some spice such as nutmeg. The palate receives a princely flow of cake spice, peach, vanilla (light oak) and tropical fruit with good viscosity, creaminess and no bitterness - almost like petit Chateau Grillet. 14.3% alcohol a... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Good history lesson, DV (kudos to Wikipedia). I've always wondered how the ... ... seen are actually from Canada. Fox, here's a rider on the original challenge. Where's this? It's still relevant within the original context, and I've had good wine here, too.  And DV I'm not sure this is all that irrelevant or even irreverent. Where do you thin... Read More

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  • DM,I meant it's so irrelevant, it's Forum terrorism.JD, actually ... ... Victoria is) is below the Canada/US border (the 49th parallel). The Oregon Treaty set the U.S. and British North American border at the 49th parallel with the exception of Vancouver Island, which was retained in its entirety by the British. Vancouver Island, with all coas... Read More

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  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Again, with these white Rhone-style whites from British Columbia Canada, there is intriguing Camomile Tea and peach with hints of pear, kiwi and other soft fruit. Good viscosity (mouth feel) with peach and some almond-like bitterness on the finish. Lacking only a bit of purity. Excellent value. 89 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church and State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2012

    Snoothrank:

    The nose of this wine is a,an intriguing vanilla, filbert and spiced apple - ... Kensington Wines, Burnaby BC Canad Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Saskatchewan, British Columbia?  I do not have many links to Canada, and the ones that I do have are pretty remote, but that doesn't sound right.  There's a city in British Columbia named Saskatchewan?  There very well may be. For all I know there may be a Colorado in California. Did anybody besides me have a problem with Snooth yesterday?  Star... Read More

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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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