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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Silver Palm Wines

    At Silver Palm, our passion is creating extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon. We select choice grapes...

  • Hawthorne Mountain

    The Winery: See Ya later Ranch at Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards Year: Established September 1st, 1...

  • La Ferme Maury

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

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • Lang Vineyards

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

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The Heiss family moved to the Okanagan Valley from Europe via Edmonton, Alberta with dreams of ow...

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Canada on Snooth

  • Collingwood Canadian Whisky NV

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    The "maplewood" is light, makes it smooth and enjoyable comparing to majority of other whisky I've tried. I think it deserves what it costs. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Benjamin Bridge Methode Classique NV

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    An excellent NV Champagne Classique, with a slightly neutral nose, but with a certain citric aspect. Amazing electricity on the palate, with good acidity one associates with a decent Champagne. Lemon oil, and a snappy white fruit (wild) envelope on the palate. A very fine, cold climate wine. 92 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 8th Generation Syrah 2014

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    8th Generation is a family winery in Summerland BC producing a range of excellent whites and some reds, such as this Syrah, which elicits a few whiffs of coffee and strawberry on the nose, followed by a tart, food-friendly mouth feel and palate effect. Balance is sufficiently absent to say that a bit more work is needed. But great with Tourtie... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Anna - Welcome to snooth. Being from baja Canada, the state of Wisconsin, I can attest to cold fermentation...not that I do it, but we get our share of Alberta clippers barreling through.What business do you own and what type of  "wine business" is it?  Again - welcome. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • DM,I'm not sure whether Gould used that stool for all playing or just live ... He spent most of his time in Canada at the CBC studios.  He did have a long affair with a married woman (who left the US to live in Toronto), which is weird because he hated being touched.&nbs Read More

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  • We saw a few Canadians but we didn't talk to any of them.  It's ... many items are imported from Canada.  Our visas cost $100 USD each and we were restricted to an 'educational tour', with a Cuban tour guide taking us to many places.  We did have some time to ourselves, for example the dinner picture below (beer before dinner of course) was ta... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cuban Vacation; yes, there...


  • BLM,http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/lobster-bay-of-fundy-vegan-rescue-alma-king-louie-new-brunswick-halifax-1.3078879   Read More

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  • 8th Generation Pinot Noir 2013

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    8th Generation is a well-respected producer of Germanic-styled wines in Summerland BC. This PN is no exception; the style is seems German, but slightly deeper, smokier and rubbery; get past the smoke and rubber and you have cooked strawberry, with a vanilla/tannin finish. If the German style is the objective, all is well. 86. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Gray Monk Pinot Blanc 2014

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    I received this modestly priced Pinot Blanc from a family friend at a reception honouring a recently deceased relative. Since I had not had any wine from the Heiss family holdings in years, I looked forward to updating my knowledge of this beautiful vineyard and its produce. I was not disappointed: the wine is almost chardonnay-like with apple... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I'm Katherine Vann from Canada.. i'm a newbie here and I would like to share my experience and hear your experiences..  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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