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...

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...

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

  • Lang Vineyards

    Lang Vineyards opened its doors in 1990 and has grown from its humble beginning into one of th...

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • Antelope Ridge

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

  • Greata Ranch Vineyard

    Greata Ranch was established in 1895 by British immigrant George Greata. Although the property wa...

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Canada on Snooth

  • Moraine Pinot Noir 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Moraine is located on the esteemed Naramata Bench on Okanagan Lake near Penticton BC Canada producing a host of different wines. This PN is reminiscent of some South American wines from Casablanca, Chile with deep, earthy, coffee and pomegranate scent and flavour. Not Burgundian, but definitely PN. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Well James, you hit the nail on the head there.  (trying that thing you ... don't buy it because in Canada it's pushing $30.  I'd rather buy Washington wine any da Read More

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  • Those grapes - Catawba, etc., are available all over the northern midwest as well as Ontario, Canada. They are often sold at farmer's markets, both as juice and as grape bunches. They were always available at the farmer's market in Brooklyn. Read More

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  • Fern Walk Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    This clean, refreshing wine from the Mark Anthony Group in Vancouver (sourced from the Okanagan Valley) is a lightly scented Sauvignon Blanc with slight grass notes and wet granite on the nose. Flavour tends to pear and kiwi with a certain spring water purity. Not punching with typical NZ Sauvignon Blanc weight, but reflective of the Okanagan ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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  • Yup, it's Windsor.  Oldest trivia question in the book is what is the ... ... beer in Detroit than in Canada. Poor Vogler, so desperate for another Canadian to appear regularly on here.  Seriously, DV, you can fly to California in less time and for less money, we'll declare you an honorary citizen of our country.  We'll still let you talk abo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hey Ronny - I used to go to Windsor every weekend to learn how to make dim sum. ... ... Problem with wines in Canada is that in most of the provinces they're bought and sold by the gov't so your prices aren't great. However, you're close enough that you can head into Michigan and pick some up. Good luck and welcom Read More

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  • I'm posting from Canada. Actually its a small city (200 000) across the river from Detroit Michigan. Interestingly, Detroit is north of us!!.I enjoy red wines such as Valpolicella, or even red blends such as Osooyoos Larose. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Welcome, Simon.For the most part participants in Snooth are wine afficionados ... are from the UK (Duncan) and Canada (DVogler).  DVogler does an excellent job of reporting on wines from his region--British Columbia--and Duncan does an equal job of reporting on European wines.While I enjoy Spanish wines you will find there are participants, he... Read More

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  • Thanks for taking the time to check it out.  I know it's probably dull ... ... critical wine writers in Canada, Anthony Gismondi, who they have write short and not terribly useful minor wine reviews once a week (for, mainly, the dross that BC Liquor sports) and then a cellar selection midweek. With Decanter, Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Imbib... 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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