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

  • Lang Vineyards

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

  • Château des Charmes

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

  • Joie

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

  • Antelope Ridge

    High atop the western hills of the South Okanagan's Golden Mile sits Antelope Ridge Estate Winery...

  • Greata Ranch Vineyard

    Greata Ranch was established in 1895 by British immigrant George Greata. Although the property wa...

  • Reif Estate Winery

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2013

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    Again, with these white Rhone-style whites from British Columbia Canada, there is intriguing Camomile Tea and peach with hints of pear, kiwi and other soft fruit. Good viscosity (mouth feel) with peach and some almond-like bitterness on the finish. Lacking only a bit of purity. Excellent value. 89 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church and State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2012

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    The nose of this wine is a,an intriguing vanilla, filbert and spiced apple - ... Kensington Wines, Burnaby BC Canad Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Saskatchewan, British Columbia?  I do not have many links to Canada, and the ones that I do have are pretty remote, but that doesn't sound right.  There's a city in British Columbia named Saskatchewan?  There very well may be. For all I know there may be a Colorado in California. Did anybody besides me have a problem with Snooth yesterday?  Star... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Welcome Ed,  there's a duplicate Canada reference in your post.  What are the odds of that, in Oklahoma!  I and several others are in Canada, so it's not lost on us.  Curious to know, as EMark said, what wines did you try and do they grow many grape varieties? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Wow!  The Genealogy thread!  DM, you're ancestors might have had ... ... of what was to become Canada.  A lot of the French were fooling around with the First Nations women.  Where the hell am I going with this?  Is anyone REALLY American?Vino, are any of your relatives politicians?  If they came from Ottawa, they'd likely have a predilection... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Reserve 2012

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    The talented Jeff Martin makes this delicious Chard in a (rather) Cali style - with prominent oak (but not too, too prominent), a sweet entry with ample vanilla, butterscotch, apple and tropical fruit such as mango. This is a fine wine for the price, the only distraction being the gentle northern Chardonnay being a teeny bit overpowered by the ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Township 7 Cabernet Sauvignon Blue Terrace Vineyard 2010

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    This 2010 entry from Township 7 (originally headquartered at Langley BC Canada - but with vineyards in Naramata) is a nice, medium-bodied, sound Cab with a hint of acidity, precipitated tannin, coffee and tasty blackberry notes; the balance is good and nose is leather plus black fruit such as mentioned. Very good value, but drink now. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Orofino Beleza 2007

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    This Bordeaux style blend rounding out nicely with just a whiff of oak upon uncorking; there is then a good supply of blackberry, plum, and vanilla both on the nose and on entry. Like some Washington and BC Merlot-Cabernet blends, there is some lack of depth (core), but this is the nature of the beast. A decent wine, but drink up. 87 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • One wonders.  Many of you would know my own particular taste, but so much ... ... and British Columbia, Canada) was very, very primitive 30 years back so France, Italy, Oz, Cali - well, these were the only viable choices.French wines - particularly those of the Bordeaux - will continue to change with the climate change (longer growing seasons... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Stratus Charles Baker Riesling 2011

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    Stewed white fruit - especially gooseberry - dominates the nose with some ... ... ... beat this baby... one of Canada's best - a jewel. 92 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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