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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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...

  • Silver Palm Wines

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

  • Trius

    We had a dream to create a wine that would set a new benchmark for winemaking in Niagara-on-the-L...

  • Château des Charmes

    The story of Château des Charmes begins over five generations ago with a family that traces its r...

  • Mount Boucherie

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

  • California Cult Classics

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • This is an article by (well known in Canada wine writer/critic) Anthony Gismondi.  I'll follow it up with some local stories.http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Anthony+Gismondi+Grocery+games+getting+ridiculous/11624470/story.html  Read More

    Forum post in the topic How ridiculous the British...


  • While looking at the NYTimes food section, I saw a piece for this book by ... ... them when I hitched across Canada in 1990.  Not sure how deep their expertise is in this area.  I looked through the table of contents and it's fairly basic:  Major wine areas in most countries associated with wine get some play.  Odd to choose Niagara over Okana... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Or Maybe It's Wine Book Reviews?


  • Enjoying some Washington Rose' with Tika Masala.  Beautiful fruit ... ... sure about availability in Canada).  I would definitely recommend purchasing a bottle if you see it - should be around $10 bottle and well worth i Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Desert Hills Estate Winery Syrah Three Boys Vineyard 2009

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    Initially, this quite well-regarded wine had quite a whiff of oak on the nose which quickly dissipated leaving a deep blackberry, cherry and cola scent Flavours follow in lock-step with good fruit and a touch of chocolate (for the vintage, which is superior for the region) but just a tad too much wood for my taste .The finish is medium to short... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Red,I'm just a guy in Canada who knows what he likes.  I drink quite a bit of British Columbia wine which nobody else on the forum can really buy and won't taste unless they come and visit!  I feel I don't really have much to contribute either, but it's certainly not an elite group.  In a year or two you'd be surprised how much you'll have learn... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Gris 2014

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    The 2014 BM Pinot Gris picks up where the 2013 left off...with a soft, slightly spicy nose of acidic green fruit such as gooseberry and kiwi. The entry is soft and elegant - almost creamy in texture - with gentle vanilla (oak) notes and apple-pear fruitiness. This is a very refined, slightly muted wine... perfect for seafood or white sauce past... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Oh sorry.  I thought AR was Arizona.  I'm in Canada, so I don't know all the States' abbreviations.The wine is certainly not worth anything.  Even if it were kept in ideal conditions, it probably wouldn't be worth selling.  I'd just continue using it as a decoration, or pull that cap off and try some just to see if it's vinegar (I'm sure it is). Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help me out here


  • Tried my first Ice wine. It was a bottle of 2007 Inniskillin ... Niagra on the Lake Ontario Canada.This bottle was sent to be by a friend in the Midwest. It is certainly one of the sweetest wines  that I have ever tasted. "There's incredible depth of both flavor and texture in this golden icewine from Inniskillin. Initially, it's rich and cream... Read More

    Forum post in the topic ICE WINE


  • I hope you are correct too OT.  I opened my box, and of course I know who ... wine from British Columbia, Canada.  We shall open this 2010 Painted Rock Estate Winery Red Icon tonight and see how nice it is.Yesterday was quite hectic as we hosted Thanksgiving dinner and two birthdays - our son Tom (29) and our grand daughter Ora (5).  Everythin... Read More

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  • VV,I should have given my own notes!  The nose reminded me of Washington ... you about how shipping from Canada to US might work and also whether he could get some of the Foch! info@invino.com1-800-518-21 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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