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...

  • 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...

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...

  • La Ferme Maury

    This vineyard farm, facing the Nothumberland Strait, with all its surrounding activities, w...

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • Lang Vineyards

    Lang Vineyards opened its doors in 1990 and has grown from its humble beginning into one of th...

  • 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

  • Copper Moon-Malbec

    Snoothrank:

    This is an inexpensive wine, but has a very nice smooth finish. Very enjoyable with appetizers or a great steak. Read More

    Wine review by Suzy2013


  • Copper Moon-Malbec

    Snoothrank:

    Lovely taste, goes well with anything. I so wish it was available in the USA. I am a Canadian and absolutely love this wine. My husband is not a wine drinker but really enjoys this. Read More

    Wine review by Eduardus


  • I voted almost 3 weeks ago.  It didn't work.  Robocalls still ... hers who is originally from Canada posted that today the Canadian border will be closed to the U.S. and will stay closed until 202 Read More

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  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Reserve 2014

    Snoothrank:

    The 2014 edition of the La Frenz Reserve (Naramata Bench) Chardonnay is a lovely expression of the grape in a British Columbia setting - the very gentle mineral-based apple and pear flavours emerge from the chewy oak which might be a teeny bit heavy. Still, the wine hits the palate much like a Chilean alternative - but with a more delicacy and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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  • Vintage Ink 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Vintage inky coloration, clarity is good, and just slightly brown hues around the rim. The aromas remind me of a Cab Sauv. and are of dark berry, chocolate, slightly boozy, and hints of strawberry sweetness. Flavors follow suit, and are jammy, strawberry, vanilla, woody oak and overall is nice! The mouthfeel is medium body, with smooth silky... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • I used to stay in a house in an area called Bellevue where the view out the ... formalities there. Like what Canada and the US used to be if anyone can remember pre-9/1 Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth forum Heather.  DV is a good guy to help you out, ... ... March, which is close to Canada anyway. &nbs Read More

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  • Very interested in organic, dry farmed wines with little or no additives and ... content that can be found in Canad Read More

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  • Yeah, tons-per-acre count is also probably pretty high. Assuming normal harvest ... eiswein case, especially for Canada as opposed to Germany."Yo soy yo y mi circunstancia". I always saw Ortega y Gasset as being influenced by William James, with Jesuit twist. His influence on Llosa is pretty clear. Though certainly Nietzsche does make his appea... Read More

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