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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Ancient Coast Wines

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

  • Calona Vineyards

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

  • Vincor International

    Vincor Canada is the largest producer and marketer of wine and related products in Canada. The Co...

  • See Ya Later Ranch

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

  • Antelope Ridge

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

  • Fielding Estate Winery

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2013

    Snoothrank:

    The ripening period of the 2013 summer was hot and sunny leading in part to a hefty sugar content in Pinot Blanc. This wine is complex, with a nose of sweet vanilla, and spritely apple; the palate receives pie spice (allspice, e. g.) and a good dose of citrus and malic acids to balance the sweetness. About as good as it gets for this variety. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • DV, why do you think I was looking at places in the Gulf Islands (the 'Hawaii of Canada', talk about an oxymoron!)?  ;-)Great find, JD. Ditto to OT's comments. Another example of why estate sales are so much fun.That was back in the days when serious people were passionately serious about making fine-wine merlots and bordeauxish blends, rather t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Wow, a lot of reports on lots of great wines and great food.  Thank you to ... black widow spiders live in Canada?  I may be wrong (not that unusual), but I would have guessed not.When I upgraded to a Win 8 PC in the spring (I believed all the threats about risks with Win XP being unsupported.), I had a devil of a time figuring out how to get s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Thread drift is not a bad thing OT.  Some of the better discussions have ... ... called "Cellared in Canada", but they're a sh!t mix of BC grapes, California, and who knows what else.  It's poison.There is however, a Ravenswood Old Vines Zin I noticed yesterday for $20.  I'll give it a whirl.  I prefer Seghesio or Ridg Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Yep. We need to do that anyways though.Adrian - kind of light-hearted but ... ... that's banned in the US, Canada, etc., but once you have knowledge, you have it.So look at the founders of Google and Amazon, two companies who are in a fight to the death. Of the three guys, Sergei Brin is an immigrant from Russa. That's about 30% right there. P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The weirdest and most...


  • Valley Girl Blueberries Blueberry 190 NV

    Snoothrank:

    This off-dry Fraser Valley BC Canada fruit wine made entirely from blueberries (a local crop well-known for high quality fruit) is very good; it is deep cherry red in colour with blueberry jam notes and garden flowers (who knows which) on the nose and sweet, clean, balanced blueberry flavours on entry. The finish is medium. Chill well. 84 poi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Can anyone tell me if Snooth ships to Canada?  Love the website. wines look great, but live in Nova Scotia.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Averill Creek Vineyard Red Blend Vancouver Island Prevost 2009

    Snoothrank:

    OK, so here we have a sentimental favourite for someone who lived on Vancouver Island (you should go there). This wine from Duncan BC has the added interest component of Cabernet Foch in the blend (experimental); the nose is muted but has obvious French roast coffee and cherry - which is pleasant. The entry is light with coffee acerbity and bit... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Because there just wasn't enough wine.  Okay, I'll bring the Cote ... funniest thing ever about Canada is this modest NYer cartoo Read More

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  • Saintsbury Pinot Noir Carneros United States 2010

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    1/2 bottle18.96 --> 13.98 Read More

    Wine review by mariel1112


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