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

  • Mission Hill Winery

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

  • Stratus

    Explore the wines of Stratus by visiting the winery located in the historic town of Niagara-on-...

  • Pillitteri Estates Winery

    Pillitteri's winemaking philosophy is quite simple: "To produce the finest VQA wines possible fr...

  • Peller Estates

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

  • Antelope Ridge

    High atop the western hills of the South Okanagan's Golden Mile sits Antelope Ridge Estate Winery...

  • Reif Estate Winery

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Anyone know where I can purchase a Christian Moeuix Merlot Bordeau?Its out of stock in Ontario Canada. Willing to purchase online. (Drank my last bottle from 2011).Contact me at boyinsidetheman at hotmail dot com. Thanks all! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi red wine lovers! Im...


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2014

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    Very Pinot Noir, very New World, this wine evokes strawberry-cherry confit on the nose and a slightly leathery strawberry entry. There is a slight spice on the nostrils as the wine finishes. Less Burgundian now with the tossing of torch to a younger generation of wine-maker, but still a fine product... just different. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Red Roosters' the Coop 2014

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    Nice ruby/brown coloration with sweet aromas, juicy cherry/plum/field berries and slight spice. The flavors are actually quite sweet, which I'm digging and this is light and fruit forward....cherries, grapes, strawberry, hints of blueberry and slightly tart raspberry. There is mellow spice and chocolate blended in there as well. Light to medi... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than ... ... the Gobi desert.  BC is Canada's quality wine region, and even that's going to be "pick your spots."  BTW, in addition to going to school in Ithaca, I have traversed via car almost all the halfway populated areas of Ontario save Ottawa, both via the lower Ontario rou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • Here's the story by Vine Pair, which has made for some decent reads from my ... Nearby, there's Baja and Canada.Tasmania and Croatia we've heard about for a while longer, and seem to have a bit more Cree than the aforementioned upstarts.Georgia is getting a lot of buzz lately, from some people I respect as well. May be the most worthy of explor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • Gray Monk Gewurztraminer 2015

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    This wine - from a good and revered Okanagan producer - has all the usual lychee and pear on the nose (if subdued), and on the palate (off-dry), there is a slightly bitter, unripe lychee nut entry. The finish is also slightly bitter, but not obtrusive at this price point. Good value. 85. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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


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