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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  • 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...

  • 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

  • Calona Vineyards

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

  • Joie

    In the fall of 2002 we purchased a beautiful 5 acre farm on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Va...

  • Greata Ranch Vineyard

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

  • Copper Moon

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

  • Reif Estate Winery

    The Reif family tradition of winemaking began nearly half a millennium ago in the small winemakin...

  • 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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  • Lock & Worth Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon 2014


    This Bordeaux-style is perhaps the most singular I've ever tasted, and not knowing the exact percentage of the Semillon component, I'd guess at least 20-25% given the smoky nose and subdued fruit - subdued, that is, even for this kind of blend. The palate is teasingly high in acidity and includes a touch of saltiness - almost like a Picpoul de... Read More

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  • Sandra celebrated her '100 days until retirement' last night in style. ... which is up in Nova Scotia, Canada.  We both had fish, with me having the Mahi Mahi and Sandra selecting Yellowfin Carpaccio - an appetizer.  We ended up with two glasses of white wine each, sampling a Chardonnay and an Oregon white blend (34% Gewurztraminer, 27% Riesli... Read More

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  • Pelee Island Winery Merlot Pelee Island Vqa NV


    Love the gentle sweetness and slight dry bite of this wine. One of my favs. Read More

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  • Black Currant & Honey Wine NV


    Rustic Red/Amber Color, with Orange hues around the rim of the wine! Aromas of black tea, black currant and milder notes of saskatoon berry, blackberry, blueberries, and alcohol that blendwith the honeyed sweetness...simply awesome. Flavors follow suit with very deep rich berries such as blackberry, currant, and even hints of licorice, honey,... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Pentage Winery Pinot Gris 2013


    The wines of British Columbia just keep getting better - this beautiful-to-look-at copper Pinot Gris effuses a flowery, gooseberry and apple nose. Wonderful - and just waiting for the seafood and the patio. There is a touch of amaritudo (bitterness) on the finish, but this is good - reflective of the grape - especially in its French incarnatio... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Would rather have a good Salisbury steak. We need GDP here to talk about ... ... ghettos in other parts of Canada. Other than that no, however, since it can be nastier than even cheese fries or stadium nachos made with cheesewhiz. Certainly runs counter to California-healthy eating trtends. So always curious to see how attempts are made to mar... Read More

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  • Intrigue Riesling 2014


    The 2014 edition of Intrigue Riesling has interesting and complex nose of anise, lime and sharp, cooking apple. Entry has a hint of musky apple with a slightly off-dry finish. Very Okanagan, but also very Riesling. Should pair well with San Francisco Chinese fare. A little bit of a let down from the previous vintage. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Tantalus Riesling 2014


    Aerated at Marquis Wines using the usual skullduggery, this wine was a wonderful Granny Smith Apple on the nose and palate - as expected - with the normal tartness. At home, the wine is muted, but savory - with less forward notes as just described. Very Tantalus with bracing acidity and cleansing Malus Domesticus (apple) flavour. 89 points. 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 19.99 cousino macul reserve Ditto for Zinfandel? so far, for me ..seghesio sonoma zin 2007 $33 Ditt...

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