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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Copper Moon

    Copper Moon is a wine produced in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The wine is available in r...

  • Trius

    We had a dream to create a wine that would set a new benchmark for winemaking in Niagara-on-the-L...

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • Lang Vineyards

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

  • Calona Vineyards

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

  • See Ya Later Ranch

    See Ya Later Ranch is located outside of the town of Okanagan Falls, British Columbia in an atmos...

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Canada on Snooth

  • Welcome Sam,I'm in Victoria BC (Canada).  The stuff that the California people are so fond of isn't available most places elsewhere.  We aren't talking about big wineries.  It's also pretty pricey.The people you typically cater to will be looking for good and not expensive.  I wouldn't be telling you anything you don't already know if I say look... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Petit Verdot Malbec 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Another interesting (and good) experiment with exotic varieties (of a sort). The rusticity of the earth, cedar plank and plum on nose and palate reminds mostly of Malbec and there is a grainy tannin on the finish. Good showing of this variety - at any rate - with the colour of the Petit Verdot also prominent. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church & State Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    Snoothrank:

    This wine has a nose of gooseberry and lemon - not unlike some Entre-Deux-Mers offerings. However, it has more of the very off dry viscosity of a high-end Soave (from Pieropan, say) on the palate with similar lemon-oil flavours. Still, a very pleasant draught and cleanly made - if a bit eccentric. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Scaremongers Spark Fear Over Arsenic in WineWinemakers fume over lawsuit that ... ... acceptable in Ontario, Canada, and one-fourth as high as those permitted in Europe and elsewhere by the OIV. But in the court of public opinion, the accusation has already found a sympathetic ear. CBS News aired a report about the pending lawsuit on Thursday... Read More

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  • Shirtless lounging is okay by me - looking forward to sufficiently warm weather ... ... in your own corner of Canada, so thank you for the invite but we'll stay put for the time being, however tempting the weather!Hoping to make it out to the island as a tourist though and it certainly sounds like Church and State would be a good pit stop.Any ... Read More

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  • Thank Big Al.  I've ordered one of those wine holders from "For ...-canada-1.2978860  Read More

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  • Well, fortunately Sangiovese doesn't give me any grief!  I agree with ... ... Whereabouts are you in Canada Snoother 1809324?  Welcome to the foru Read More

    Forum post in the topic An Exposé: The Wine Headache


  • Listen, I'm not talking "depending on traffic" or prevailing ... ... (labelled "Cellared in Canada") from a blend of domestic and imported (read California dregs) grapes.  The stuff I drink is basically all estate wine.  The winery grows it, harvests it, crushes it, etc etc.  Some do have more than one property, but in these small regions, we'... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Very Burgundy in style, the BM PN 2013 is nonetheless lighter in style (especially colour) and more typical of the Okanagan Valley with a strawberry nose with a hint of Rhubarb. On the palate, the flavours are very much reminiscent of "Bourgogne AC" with good balance between sweetness and acidity and gobs of strawberry on the finish which is med... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I had a Moon Curser (the name comes from when BC gold rush miners would smuggle ... gold and not pay taxes in Canada, and some nights the moon would expose them to the Mounties) Cab sav-merlot (50/50) blend.  It's from the stellar 2012 vintage (every BC wine 2012 I've tried so far has been great) and on opening was a bit oakey and a tannic, sof... 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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