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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • La Frenz Winery

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

  • Le Clos Jordanne

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

  • La Ferme Maury

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Pillitteri Estates Winery Cabernet Franc Niagara-On-the-Lake Vqa NV

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    Too sharp on the tongue. Didn't care for it. Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Konzelmann Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2013

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    Tried at Grapefest. Not bad Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Konzelmann Estate Winery Red Moose Zweigelt NV

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    Fruity a touch of sweetness Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2009

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    The Osoyoos Larose just keeps improving, and the 2009 edition is as good as any of the predecessors with a cedar bark - sweet cherry nose with a hint of black earth and pencil lead. Unbelievable mouth-filling flavours of cherry, cake spice and bramble berries with a hint of vanilla on the finish. As a Bordeaux should be, but often isn't. Sup... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Benjamin Bridge Tidal Bay 2015

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    This wine, made from some lesser known crossings known mainly to Eastern Canadians, is constructed on such grapes as L'Acadie Blanc and Geisenheim-318-57. These varieties, however, evoke a rich perfume - almost like a bowl of freshly picked Himalayan Blackberries. The entry is very tart - perfect for seafood or barbequed chicken. Finish is me... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sea Star Siegerrebe 2015

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    This is from one of the islands in my (mostly) British Columbia life that I have not visited (Pender); however, a neighbour gave me a bottle of this wine and, knowing the variety, I find the nose to have some Gewurztraminer and peach - as perhaps expected. The entry is light with musky, Muscat-like favours - very inviting - especially with shel... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Al, the pics from your trip are great.Chicago is just a great town.  The ... and eventually ending up in Canada. &nbs Read More

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  • Blomidon Cremant 2013

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    This Cremant-style wine based on some local varieties (L'Acadie Blanc, e.g.) stops just short (and only just) of so-called Style Champagnois but still fortified with Brioche-light scent and white fruit (gooseberry, perhaps). The flavour is superior to ordinary Bourgogne style Cremant, with a somewhat drier finish and more Champagne notes such a... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I think JD said the ship regulations were not worth the hassle.  Like ... ... trying to bring a gun into Canada Read More

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  • L'Acadie Vineyards Vintage Cuvee 2014

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    Bruce Ewert (late of the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada) has done an incredible job here in the Gaspereau Valley of Nova Scotia (in the Bay of Fundy region); the wine - made from some local varieties (L'Acadie Blanc, Seyval) and Chardonnay exudes Brioche on the nose (though admittedly light) and fine toasty bread and cookie flavours... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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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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