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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • See Ya Later Ranch

    See Ya Later Ranch is located outside of the town of Okanagan Falls, British Columbia in an atmos...

  • California Cult Classics

    California Cult Classics is a licensed private club operation. Each club member purchases a quant...

  • Copper Moon

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

  • Black Cloud

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

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • Le Clos Jordanne

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • D'Angelo Estate Winery Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009

    Snoothrank:

    I have not tasted this producer before - although I was aware of the family operation in Essex County Ontario. This wine, however, comes from an estate at Penticton BC. The colour is dark and rich followed by an enticing aroma of stewed red fruit such as cherry (dominant) mixed with berries of the vaccinium family. On the palate, there is goo... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Road kill?Waste not want not!BTW OT, looks like you took that tree down with a ... a ... is right. Water! BTW, Canada is annexed before the final conflagratio Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need advice for sparkling...


  • Canada pretty much is part of the States.  I've said for years that water will become an issue and it's not like we can tell the US to piss off (when it comes right down to it!).  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need advice for sparkling...


  • Haha!  Hasn't the End been coming for a LOOOOONG time?  I was ... is no right to bear arms in Canada.  I think the RCMP have upgraded to Colts (six-shooters I think they call them).  In fact, it was only a year or two ago that our Border Services people were finally allowed to be armed.  I only have some tins of pork and beans and my wine for ... Read More

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  • ...  That's why Canada has about  150 gun related deaths per year and most of those are gang related, via stolen (and illegal) weapons.  Of course the Police have Glocks, but handguns are extremely restricted.  Read More

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  • EM - My parents lived on West 232nd Street in Torrance.  Sandra's ... ... ...  They moved to La Canada (near Pasadena) in the late 1960's and stayed there until they moved out here to join Sandra and myself in Virginia, sometime around 1993.V V - My only concern would be the amount of light that could enter the room.  Would you be willing to ... Read More

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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


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