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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

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

  • Peller Estates

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

  • Reif Estate Winery

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

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

    n 1998, Joseph DeMaria, having no previous winemaking experience, made his first icewine from a 5...

  • Stratus

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

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

  • See Ya Later Ranch

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Cipes Rosé NV

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    Lots of mousse here with a lovely Tavel-like deep pink tone to the wine; kiwi, strawberry and assorted refrigerated fruit greet the nose, and entry is soft, gentle and full of small bubbles. The flavour is also soft and delicate with fresh strawberry predominating. Effervescence continues for many minutes. Elegant and a great bargain. Better ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Silver Sage Winery Merlot 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by BlackMarlin


  • Quails' Gate Rose 2012

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    If you liked your grandfather's rhubarb wine, this is the rose for you... Though sound and flavourful, it is one-dimensional - not unlike those white Zinfandels of yore. Slightly sweet, but smooth this would do very well at the family picnic. 83 pts. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Copper River salmon was 12.99 last week so I bought a few. Back to 15 now but ... you can get more wine into Canada than 2 bottle Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • I am being held prisoner in solitary confinement in a universe of wine.  ... ... I can only come back to Canada with two bottles! (without being #$%ed by taxes).  Emark, did Costco say where the salmon was from?  I guess I can be thankful for somethings....salmon here at times in summer can be really cheap, like under $10 for a whole one!&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Haha,,Jen, aren't you a geologist?  ;)Welcome KBoss,I was in Brazil ... brought back four bottles to Canada. Still have a big red blend that was, in my friend's opinion, their best, and a Syrah that I thought was as good or better.  Of course they aren't available in here, that I've ever seen.  In fact, there's little really good Chilean stuff... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chilean buried treasure


  • MustardM.I would suggest a visit to a medical practitioner that knows about ... I think may get shipped to Canada, then eat some dark chocolate, and then go and get a massage. If you cramp overnight, then go and get some medical acupuncture (http://www.acupunctureacademy.ca/) and repeat the procedure every 48-96 hours apart, until you have had... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Tantalus Riesling 2013

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    This latest edition of the reputed Tantalus Riesling has a slightly more dense nose of icing sugar sprinkled over pear, apricot and green apple; the mouth-feel is viscous, Mosel-like with citrus (noted with this producer), honey, peach and apricot mid-palate with more sweetness than in past vintages. Finish is fresh, acidic and lingering. Bett... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Darren/Al, OT is wired into some excellent wines.  I would, occasionally ... gather that shipping wine to Canada is nontrivial.  On the other hand, don't you have in-laws or something in Seattle?  Have it shipped to them and pick it up during the holiday.Al, I think you've mentioned that you belong or have belonged to various winery clubs.  So... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Inniskillin Oak-Aged Vidal Icewine 2007

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    Sweet of course, yet well balanced. A delightful dessert pleasure. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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