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

  • Le Clos Jordanne

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

  • Calona Vineyards

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

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud is the brand of winemaker Bradley Cooper and his wife Audralee Daum.

  • Joie

    In the fall of 2002 we purchased a beautiful 5 acre farm on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Va...

  • Château des Charmes

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

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Well, the grapes for ice wine are harvested much later than the first frost. ... ... grape that is frozen. In Canada for example, they don't really have conditions for botrytis but they do have serious cold, so they make ice wine.The French sweet wines are straw wines, or late harvest, or botrytized. Those are all good in their own way but com... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ice Wine


  • Thanks everyone for all the information. I absolutely love blue cheese. The ... ... Peninsula . Ontario Canada.  The bottle is narrow and is 375 ml.Looking for an occasion for having it but have learned that finding the right time to drink something special is almost impossible. The best occasion is creating one on a day with little activity (... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ice Wine


  • DV, as your lawyer, I counsel you to take the fifth.  Even if they ... ... ... have that amendment in Canada.Nothing to add to the pairings except that one nice thing about sherry is that there are lots of good examples that aren't that expensive and, since it's slightly fortified, people tend to sip it more than glug it.  It'll slow people u... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Twist on surf and turf and...


  • Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay 2011

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    This edition of the reserve Chardonnay from Blue Mountain is superb: the nose is of apple pie with a hint of cinnamon (just a hint, mind); on the palate, there is a slight creaminess, but with structure (acidity). Excellent balance with some Chablis (or Macon) mineral-like notes on the smooth and lengthy finish. Heavenly spring water. Crosses... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Ok, the next time you come down from Canada to the east coast of the USA, look me up.  We'll share a bottle.  I'll be willing to give you more than 1/2 of the bottle if you ride your bicycle over here.  :-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Domaine les Brome Vidal 2007

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    TASTING NOTEAmber-yellow in colour medium-bodied and sweet, this icewine boasts intense spicy and fruity aromas. On the palate, its refreshing acidity and unctuous texture precede a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma


  • Spierhead Riesling 2012

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    This Kelowna BC Riesling has a nose of green apple peel (or rind) with a noticeable kerosene tinge. The colour is light straw, limpid and clear. Flavours on entry include sharp, acidic cooking apple (a Bramley comes to mind) with some astringent apple peel on the finish. If you like this style - which is, admittedly, clean - serve cold with pan... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Stella Moscato d'Osoyoos 2012

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    This light (7.9% alcohol) Moscato is quite refreshing with easy, enticing sweet green grape nose and soft, musky, peachy and grapey flavours. Finish is short and (of course) sweet. A pleasant day-ender with elegance to spare. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Yep. It's what they make in Germany (where it's not all that warm) and ... and it's something that Canada should do extremely well. East coast, west coast, and places in between like Niagara - all potentially brilliant areas for Rieslin Read More

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  • Stag's Hollow Viognier Balwant Vineyard 2012

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    The Stag's Hollow Viognier seems made in a subdued, French style with less bright acidity, spice and white fruit on the nose and the front-end of the palate. There is some peach and stone fruit generally with a somewhat neutral impression and relatively short finish. Good - if you prefer this style. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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