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

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way...

  • San Andres

    The Company's award-winning premium and ultra-premium brands include Peller Estates, Trius, Hille...

  • Peller Estates

    It all began in 1927, when my grandfather, Andrew Peller, first arrived in Canada from Hungary. H...

  • Le Clos Jordanne

    Le Clos Jordanne is a remarkable partnership between Vincor Canada and Boisset France. It symboli...

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • Kettle Valley Winery

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • If I lived in Washington State or Canada I would drink Soos Creek Ceil de Cheval, and eat Rainier cherries.Thanks to you who defended Florida as different. Read More

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  • OutTherePOOR YOU!  (I'm very jealous).  Let us know how it was at ... was at ... The reality is, Canada is the US' retarded little brother, so we have to have SOMETHING to deride you about.&nbs Read More

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  • Good conversation came of it though!  Look on the bright side :)  It ... have the mildest winters in Canada.  Victoria is equidistant between Vancouver and Seattle.  The wine country in BC is the same longitudinally as Washington...similar snowy winters.I know Florida is heavily populated with obnoxious Quebecers in winter...sounds like heaven... Read More

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  • JESCOBIO, that's my whole reason to live:  To crack people up and ... ... ... you are from Western Canada, right? Not very different from CA, OR, WA, just slightly colder winters.  But Florida is another creature.  People who would not live anywhere but NY (cold winters, hot humid summers, crumbling infrastructure) must get out of the city an... Read More

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  • Osoyoos Larose Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa le Grand Vin 2007

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    The 2007 edition of this wine is exceptional - perhaps the best ever; the color is deep garnet with a plummy "right bank" nose that vies with any but the best Bordeaux. Merlot dominant, but clearly stuffed with Cabernet, this wine would win awards in France. The entry is elegant with fine grained tannins and wonderful brambleberry and cherry no... Read More

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  • Peller Estates Vidal Icewine 2010

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  • Some interesting discussion has stemmed from this one. I've told Gilles ... something interesting from Canada when we go down to Walla Walla. (He indicated that there's not much in the way of Canadian wines available there). I don't really have a cellar to pull from, as I have quite a bit of wine that was all purchased relatively recently. I'm... Read More

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  • When I was in college, you'd drive across the border to Canada to buy beer more cheaply, and often with higher alcohol.  Molson Brador, anyone?But are we talking Canadian dollars? Knock off 10%, which isn't a ton, but still.  I love Canada, but last time I spent an extended period there, which was 1999 or so, drinking was expensive, but it didn'... Read More

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  • I feel for you guys and gals in Canada! I knew a few people who imported wine up there - they had to make nice to the authorities to get their wine into the gov't stores. The prices are crazy though. That Chester Kidder is usually around $40-45, I bought it at auction for $25, which is why I bought a case for my wife. $100 is ridiculous.But I do... Read More

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  • Great information and opinions coming out here!  Thanks Greg and ... ... alcohol is heavily taxed in Canada.   The Longshadow biggies are $80.  I saw a Pirouette for $100, but it was a 2004.  Jen's right though.    We just don't have huge aisles of US wine.  There are a few nice private stores that will bring in some unique stuff.  One I saw y... 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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