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...

  • 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...

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

  • Mount Boucherie

    Located in Westbank, BC (across from Kelowna), this family owned and operated winery creates some...

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way...

  • California Cult Classics

    California Cult Classics is a licensed private club operation. Each club member purchases a quant...

  • Joie

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

  • Lang Vineyards

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

  • Ancient Coast Wines

    Many years ago, a massive inland sea, larger than the great lakes, covered most of Ontario. Over ...

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Canada on Snooth

  • Twist of Fate Malbec Merlot

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    Very clear and light in color....of which this is cherry/red grape/strawberry juice. The aromas are mild overall, and consist of currant, dark blackberry and is somewhat brisk at the finish with spice. Flavors follow suit and the Malbec shows over the Merlot, with subtle spice, Earthy deep berry, currants, booze and even some licorice. Overal... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Maverick Estate Winery Rubeus 2014

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    This relatively new winery from Oliver BC has produced a fine, if non-traditional, blend of Syrah and Merlot (with a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon); colour is opaque, dark cherry with a scent of crushed cherry and cedar frond. The palate introduces some Syrah pedigree with deep red fruit, tannic pucker (leather), a hint of smoke, c... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Unsworth Vineyards Petit Milo 2015

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    This aromatic (citrus fruit - lime and grapefruit predominantly) chubby,viscous, off-dry and fruity (sweet pear and a touch of red grapefruit) wine seems to indicate that the obscure Petit Milo hybrid rather likes its new home in Mill Bay BC. Well made to go with seafood - especially bivalve molluscs like clams, oysters and scallops. Recommende... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... ... You might even look to Canada. There are a couple that are pretty good - Tawse from Ontario for example. Or Wyncroft, from Michigan, which can hold its own with any. Domaine Serene is the one that put Oregon on everyone's list as the "Burgundian" place in th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • English Sparkling Wine above.....The wine to the extreme right is BALFOUR 1503 ... ... you are in Ontario, Canada, ask for it;  it the first and only English Sparkling Wine in Ontario, Canada!SIEMA WINES in Washington D.C is the company presently importing English Sparkling Win Read More

    Forum post in the topic ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE....no...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What would you be drinking...


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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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