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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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

  • California Cult Classics

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

  • Trius

    We had a dream to create a wine that would set a new benchmark for winemaking in Niagara-on-the-L...

  • Lang Vineyards

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

  • See Ya Later Ranch

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

  • Black Cloud

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

  • 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

  • Township 7 Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    I tasted the 2014 Township 7 Sauvignon Blanc at a Garden Party held at the Langley BC site of the winery. It was a hot day (32 degrees), so the whites were kings. The wine has some subtlety with soft white fruit such as pear, apple and freshly mown grass on the nose. Clean on entry, but light and not intrusive, this wine is quite French in styl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2014

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    The 2014 vintage Trebella won triple platinum in its home land and justly so... there is a nice toasty oak overlay on well-ripened Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne with typical Tisane (Herb tea) floral notes on the nose in addition to cake spice. Entry is warm (14% alcohol) and peach-like with a zesty, spicy and medium finish. More dense and l... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Wow, fresh blood!  (that is actually interested in wine and not ... the ... the icewine that comes from Canada (where I live).  I'm sure however, that we could find some common ground.  I love Amarone and anything Italian that starts with B.  Read More

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  •  Obtain  Passport ,birth certs,Driving License,ID Cards, ... ... Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Russia,Mexico, Finland,Netherlands ,South Africa,Spain,United Kingdom.Japan when producing; magnetic encoded strips and/or scan able bar-code. UV-spectrum analysis test standards,magnetic strip.Buy perfe... Read More

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  • Lock & Worth Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon 2014

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    This Bordeaux-style is perhaps the most singular I've ever tasted, and not knowing the exact percentage of the Semillon component, I'd guess at least 20-25% given the smoky nose and subdued fruit - subdued, that is, even for this kind of blend. The palate is teasingly high in acidity and includes a touch of saltiness - almost like a Picpoul de... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sandra celebrated her '100 days until retirement' last night in style. ... which is up in Nova Scotia, Canada.  We both had fish, with me having the Mahi Mahi and Sandra selecting Yellowfin Carpaccio - an appetizer.  We ended up with two glasses of white wine each, sampling a Chardonnay and an Oregon white blend (34% Gewurztraminer, 27% Riesli... Read More

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  • Pelee Island Winery Merlot Pelee Island Vqa NV

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    Love the gentle sweetness and slight dry bite of this wine. One of my favs. Read More

    Wine review by woolfepac


  • Black Currant & Honey Wine NV

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    Rustic Red/Amber Color, with Orange hues around the rim of the wine! Aromas of black tea, black currant and milder notes of saskatoon berry, blackberry, blueberries, and alcohol that blendwith the honeyed sweetness...simply awesome. Flavors follow suit with very deep rich berries such as blackberry, currant, and even hints of licorice, honey,... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Pentage Winery Pinot Gris 2013

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    The wines of British Columbia just keep getting better - this beautiful-to-look-at copper Pinot Gris effuses a flowery, gooseberry and apple nose. Wonderful - and just waiting for the seafood and the patio. There is a touch of amaritudo (bitterness) on the finish, but this is good - reflective of the grape - especially in its French incarnatio... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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