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

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

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

  • Kettle Valley Winery

    Naramata is easily the premier growing region in British Columbia, with it’s moderate temperature...

  • Fielding Estate Winery

    The Vineyards From their first small vintage in 2002, Fielding wines are made with meticulous c...

  • See Ya Later Ranch

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

  • Le Clos Jordanne

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

  • La Frenz Winery

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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


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