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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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

  • Silver Palm Wines

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

  • Hawthorne Mountain

    The Winery: See Ya later Ranch at Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards Year: Established September 1st, 1...

  • Calona Vineyards

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

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way...

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The Heiss family moved to the Okanagan Valley from Europe via Edmonton, Alberta with dreams of ow...

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Canada on 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

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015


  • 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?


  • DV, I'm assuming you mean you won't be able to find any more '09s, ... for the most part, how does Canada handle shipping of wine to the U Read More

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  • Culmina Hypothesis 2011

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    The 2011 Culmina is quite a surprise - there is a certain mute element on the nose (slightly closed) but with lightweight cassis. The entry is quite light in body, but with light, attractive tannin and demi-sec blackberry flavors. The wine is clean, pure and promises even better results down the line. Tastes like a St.-Estephe wine... Pricy, b... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Peller Estates Ice Cuvee Classic Niagara Peninsula Vqa NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Burrowing Owl Vineyards-Syrah 2007

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    Wine review by Popmuseum


  • I'm going to close the enrollment this coming Monday, 26 Oct 2015. ... USA ... USA people.  Anyone in Canada should of course wait until everyone else has opened and tasted their bottles..... :-)&nbs Read More

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