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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • California Cult Classics

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

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • See Ya Later Ranch

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

  • Peller Estates

    It all began in 1927, when my grandfather, Andrew Peller, first arrived in Canada from Hungary. H...

  • Mission Hill Winery

    Mission Hill Family Estate, a modern take on old-world architecture, is one of the most impressiv...

  • 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

  • Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014

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    Purpulish coloration with brown hues around the edges...good clarity and very nice lanky legs. Aromas are of Cassis/currant, blackberry, huge dark chocolate/cocoa, peppery spice, albeit muted, Earthy blackberry, molasses sweetness and hints of alcohol. The flavors follow suit with plenty of fruits and some deep cocoa/dark chocolate, spice and ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Old Vines 2014

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    The acidic, wild berry aroma and flavour of this well-made Baco Noir will appeal to old-style drinkers of Ontario wines; to wit, the wine is bright, filled with cranberry tartness and finishes short. It is a pocket of history in a bottle and worth drinking - especially if you are eating seafood or light entrees. Worth trying. 85 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 30 Bench Riesling 2014

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    This off-dry Riesling from the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario, Canada is a very fine offering from the LCBO (Ontario Liquor Control Board); it has beautiful and inviting notes of petrol, lemon, and sour apple on the nose, and it gets better: the flavour is rich, the mouth feel viscous and green-apple dominant on the finish without excessive warmth... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2014

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    OK so this is from Nova Scotia - a very marginal wine region... however, the area around Wolfville is producing electric ( read: nervy, acidic but still slightly off-dry, slightly sparkling wine of the rose variety) wine. The wine is strangely balanced: the acidity of the slightly underdone grapes plus some residual sugar works to perfection. A... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • There's still some great jazz out there, whether it's original material ... time.  They opened in Canada in 2001 and by 2005 filed for creditor protection.  Sorry I've been drinking some nice wine and not telling you guys about it.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Whatever happened to..."


  • Perseus Invictus 2013

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    The Perseus Invictus 2013 is a powerful, warm Bordeaux-style red with a deep, palpable flavour profile reminiscent of Graves. While not heavy-handed, the oak is forward on both nose and palate (youthful, slightly tight, tannic). But upon decanting, the nose has cedar, tobacco and cherry notes; may need 3-4 years cellaring to reach full potentia... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Buy Quality Real Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas,birth ... Brazil, Canada, Finland, France,Ireland,Portugal,Sweden, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USA, and so many  other countries  . We are the best producers of quality documents,With over 1 million of our documents circulating over the world.We offer only original high-quality rea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Buy Quality Real Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas,birth ... Brazil, Canada, Finland, France,Ireland,Portugal,Sweden, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USA, and so many  other countries  . We are the best producers of quality documents,With over 1 million of our documents circulating over the world.We offer only original high-quality rea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Mission Hill Pinot Noir Martin's Lane 2012

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    This wine was labelled the "best" Pinot Noir in the world under £15 at the World a Decanter awards in 2013. The 2014 continues this tradition. It's appeal begins with its deep, vibrant hue in the glass and the wonderful aromas and flavours of raspberry and cherry. Excellent weight and concentration with spicy notes on a lingering finish. Decanti... Read More

    Wine review by ccarson2


  • DV, my father cut himself pretty well with a utility knife when I was a ... ... other hand, flying out of Canada is still a bit expensive.  So maybe we should all come up and see you!  We could bring the wine, buy and prepare the food and treat you like a basket case. Seriously, this will prevent you from installing drains in my cellar, won't ... Read More

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