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...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

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

  • Stratus

    Explore the wines of Stratus by visiting the winery located in the historic town of Niagara-on-...

  • Silver Palm Wines

    At Silver Palm, our passion is creating extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon. We select choice grapes...

  • Reif Estate Winery

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

  • Joie

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

  • Peller Estates

    It all began in 1927, when my grandfather, Andrew Peller, first arrived in Canada from Hungary. H...

  • Mission Hill Winery

    Mission Hill Family Estate, a modern take on old-world architecture, is one of the most impressiv...

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Canada on Snooth

  • Norman Hardie Chardonnay Prince Edward County 2012

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    light, fresh, smooth... different auras with each swallow... beautiful wine Read More

    Wine review by McLaughlinWines


  • La Frenz Ensemble 2011

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    Had this at their tasting room. The Ensemble is La Frenz's take on a Graves/Bordeaux style blended white. Well balanced with a kind of rich mouthfeel with plenty of lemongrass and citrus notes. I really like how there is just a touch of oak - more supportive than anything else; way in the background. (I found out that it gets barrel aged for a y... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • A lot your garlic comes from China.  Read packaging or ask the ... go for ... go for the Arthur Brant from Canada.  That yellow air does not stop at the borders or disappear completely over the ocea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chinese Wine? Interesting...


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Vivant 2011

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    A bright, light bodied, balanced wine. Notes of apple, meyer lemon, pear, nectarine. More fresh fruit than plush soft tropical flavours here. Lots of well balanced, soft, mouth watering acidity. Medium bodied. Medium finish. Apparently this does get some oak treatment/aging on the lees, but I don't get any oaky notes from drinking this one. This... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Baco Noir Henry of Pelham Niagara Ontario 2005

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    This is both an excellent drinking wine and it also has a hidden secret. I have not run across a better wine for making meat sauces or gravies. It has a certain earthiness in keeping with the 'baco' aspect of its name. Red meats, grilled or roasted, fit perfectly with it. Read More

    Wine review by HubertOHearn


  • Mission Hill Winery Shiraz Reserve 2010

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    More "old world style" than new. Somewhat restrained on the nose with dark colour. Plum, blackberry, burnt caramel, wood/sweet cigar, maybe some herbaceous freshness/menthol. On the palate it has lots of acid, blackberry fruit and relatively firm tannin. Moderate length. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Sperling Vineyards the Market White 2010

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    An interesting blend of mainly Pinot Blanc and Bacchus. This wine is soft and aromatic with notes of peach, coconut, and flowers. Mid weight and good length and complexity. Soft tangy supportive acidity seems really well balanced here, as does just a touch of residual sugar. A winner for originality - I've never had anything quite like this wine. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Sperling Vineyards Old Vines Foch 2009

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    A really interesting, almost confusing wine. Foch is a new variety for me. Lots of savoury notes on the nose (think sweet tobacco/cigar box) and slightly burnt caramel...it made me think of stereotypical old world wines. The palate was a HUGE surprise given the nose, light and bright and with lots of acidity and fruit. Light bodied. This wine wa... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Thirty Bench Wines Thirty Bench Riesling Blanc NV

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    aint yellow in the class with a slight orange cast, this wine smells of plum, fresh peach and lime. In the mouth, the wine is incredibly juicy and delicious mouthwatering acidity and a strong mineral character as body. Highly recommended to pizz and pasta as perfect match in a hot summer. Read More

    Wine review by MapleAlan


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Gris 2012

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    Good growing conditions in 2012 have produced an excellent result in this Pinot Gris. The nose is reminiscent of gooseberry, subtle garden flowers (heather) and a hint of anise. In the mouth, there are sharp mineral flavors, aniseed and a green table grape stuffing. Warm, slightly spicy but balanced and even elegant. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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