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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Copper Moon

    Copper Moon is a wine produced in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The wine is available in r...

  • Fielding Estate Winery

    The Vineyards From their first small vintage in 2002, Fielding wines are made with meticulous c...

  • Mount Boucherie

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

  • Joie

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

  • Ancient Coast Wines

    Many years ago, a massive inland sea, larger than the great lakes, covered most of Ontario. Over ...

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Black Hills Estate Winery Alibi 2013


    This edition of Black Hills Alibi opens with a light dandelion wine colour with a scent of musk, melon and mown grass - reflective of the dominant Sauvignon Blanc in the blend (75%). On the palate, there are muted flavours (leaning to neutral) of lemon grass, pomelo, musk and bitters. Clarity and purity is good, however, notwithstanding a some... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • 8th Generation Riesling 2013


    8th Generation wines have been a little more difficult to obtain recently so this is the first in a while. The quality remains elevated, however; the wine is a beautiful pale yellow liquid with an evocative apple, lime and peach nose. The acidity is good as well with a touch of residual sugar and more citrus and green apple on the palate. Nicel... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Gris 2013


    With a soft nose of tangerine and spice, this wine elicits the promise of integrity and purity. It does not disappoint: the entry is soft, clean and reflective of fleshy, soft fruit such as nectarine with a touch of cake spice and citrus - perhaps tangerine or mandarin orange. The flavours are dense with good acidity - indicative of some aging... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  •  some "previously frozen" Alaskan cod I went to Vons and ... Northwest U.S. or western Canada.  It was caught on ships/boats that are at sea for days if not weeks.  It was frozen on the ship.  When the ship returned to port its cargo was transferred to a processing facility and then trucked to the retail outlet--with a stop and transfer at, at... Read More

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  • Drinking wine for the resveratrol is kind of ridiculous.  By the time you get enough, you're suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.  But, if you want muscadine wines, try North Carolina Wine Gifts.  Tell them I sent you and maybe they will arrange to ship somewhere where you can pick it up.  But the complications of shipping across borders is th... Read More

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  • Plenty of other wine with relatively high resveratrol (basically a question of how long the wine lays on the skins, so red wines, of course) that taste a LOT better than muscadine. Had any Madiran, for example (though there are many other delicious reds that might be a bit less in resveratrol content)?Life's too short to skip good-and-healthy wi... Read More

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  • Is there a Muscadine Wine that Ships to Canada?  Does anyone know?  I hear its the highest in Resveratrol.  Can't find it in my city so far.If anyone has an idea, or knows of a brand that ships to Canada, that would be great. :) Read More

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  • Today's posting on CNN.The U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau regulates the ... ... 100 parts per billion in Canada and 200 parts per billion in Europe -- 10 to 20 times higher than the drinking water limit in the United States."It's certainly appropriate to look to other countries' regulations for guidance," Sacks said. "Their regulators are presumabl... Read More

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