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

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

    In 1997 we purchased five acres of bare land in an area of the Okanagan Valley known as "The Gold...

  • 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...

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The Heiss family moved to the Okanagan Valley from Europe via Edmonton, Alberta with dreams of ow...

  • Black Cloud

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

  • Pillitteri Estates Winery

    Pillitteri's winemaking philosophy is quite simple: "To produce the finest VQA wines possible fr...

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Canada on Snooth

  • Okay, keep in mind that for GregT who is like 6'4" tall, a bottle is ... Kaiser, which most resembles Canada's system in the US, with low co-pays and the like, does a lot more to encourage good health in the first place than the rest of the US system, and with some success.  Problem is that most wealthy societies seem to be gaining weight--the... Read More

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  • Big Al, I love the Lopez de Haro (reserve 2005).  I bought a few of ... ... it.  Today commemorates Canada's sovereignty from Britain (July 1st, 1867), national holiday of course. Rode 160km (100 miles for those who don't do metric) in glorious sun and had a barbeque at my place later.  One guy brought the Mollydooker Boxer..pretty good choice... Read More

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  • Hi Dennis,This most likely isn't the place you'll learn what you need ... have a great Canada Day.  You have a great 4th of July!Darre Read More

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  • Spierhead Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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    Those who appreciate the soft flavours of Loire Valley Rose wines (against the more serious nature of Provence pink) will like this BC wine; there is wild honey and strawberry trifle on the nose with a soft strawberry on the palate - though quite muted. Can pair with light meats and appetizers or picnic fare and should be loved by all on its own... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Paulo,Welcome to the forum!  You'll get several responses I'm ... ... ... sure.  I'm in Canada, but I lived in Redding for a few years, I know your area.  There are many California regulars here.  I love Amarone and Ripasso, but I would be skeptical of versions that aren't from Veron Read More

    Forum post in the topic Glad to be among friends


  • Soon... very soon, the investment in Chilean wine areas will necessitate a rise ... ... of retirement in the US, Canada and, to some extent, Western Europe.Generally, Chilean wines are very sound, technically wonderful but lacking in heart.  That may, of course, change as Chile grows as a nation.  Chile itself has much heart.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chilean buried treasure


  • Cipes Rosé NV

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    Lots of mousse here with a lovely Tavel-like deep pink tone to the wine; kiwi, strawberry and assorted refrigerated fruit greet the nose, and entry is soft, gentle and full of small bubbles. The flavour is also soft and delicate with fresh strawberry predominating. Effervescence continues for many minutes. Elegant and a great bargain. Better ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Silver Sage Winery Merlot 2005

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    Wine review by BlackMarlin


  • Quails' Gate Rose 2012

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    If you liked your grandfather's rhubarb wine, this is the rose for you... Though sound and flavourful, it is one-dimensional - not unlike those white Zinfandels of yore. Slightly sweet, but smooth this would do very well at the family picnic. 83 pts. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Copper River salmon was 12.99 last week so I bought a few. Back to 15 now but ... you can get more wine into Canada than 2 bottle Read More

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