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

  • Antelope Ridge

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

  • Ancient Coast Wines

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

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

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

  • Mount Boucherie

    Located in Westbank, BC (across from Kelowna), this family owned and operated winery creates some...

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

    n 1998, Joseph DeMaria, having no previous winemaking experience, made his first icewine from a 5...

  • Peller Estates

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Spierhead Riesling 2012

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    This Kelowna BC Riesling has a nose of green apple peel (or rind) with a noticeable kerosene tinge. The colour is light straw, limpid and clear. Flavours on entry include sharp, acidic cooking apple (a Bramley comes to mind) with some astringent apple peel on the finish. If you like this style - which is, admittedly, clean - serve cold with pan... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Stella Moscato d'Osoyoos 2012

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    This light (7.9% alcohol) Moscato is quite refreshing with easy, enticing sweet green grape nose and soft, musky, peachy and grapey flavours. Finish is short and (of course) sweet. A pleasant day-ender with elegance to spare. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Yep. It's what they make in Germany (where it's not all that warm) and ... and it's something that Canada should do extremely well. East coast, west coast, and places in between like Niagara - all potentially brilliant areas for Rieslin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Grew Up A Long Time Ago But...


  • Stag's Hollow Viognier Balwant Vineyard 2012

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    The Stag's Hollow Viognier seems made in a subdued, French style with less bright acidity, spice and white fruit on the nose and the front-end of the palate. There is some peach and stone fruit generally with a somewhat neutral impression and relatively short finish. Good - if you prefer this style. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • "My name's Dick and I LOVE wine!"Start a blog!Just remember, ... ... them to be "Cellared in Canada"?Poor OP. I wish there were a way to see if any of them ever log back in.&nbs Read More

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  • http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/11_79_2005Pretty dry stuff, ... criteria.Cellared in BC (or Canada) means it's got anything from ehtylene glycol to Aqua Velva in it.EMark, those were my in-laws that were so kind.  Plenty of these will be here for when you're able to visit!Greg, I'm all over the blog idea.  I'm SO excited!!!   Read More

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  • My name's Dick and I LOVE wine!I'm still in Seattle, on tablet ... ... actually called Cellared in Canada, but it's typically made entirely of plonk from anywhere but.Christmas gifts I received included a 2001 Bertani Amarone and a 2000 Fanti (Tenuta San Filipo) Brunello and of course JD's G. Conterno barbera d'alba.   What a lucky gu Read More

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  • Intrigue Riesling 2013

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    This is a first Intrigue Wine for me, and I am very pleased to say that this Riesling has a wonderful green apple peel nose that fits some Nahe wines to a tee. The entry is mouth-filling with Granny Smith apple, sprinkled with canned pear and plenty of bracing acidity. Finish is medium and your tongue keeps calling for more. Superb effort; sup... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church & State Wines Viognier 2013

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    Another fine Church and State Wines offering... with a fine domestic flower scent (Wisteria, petunia, for example) with some spice such as nutmeg. The palate receives a princely flow of cake spice, peach, vanilla (light oak) and tropical fruit with good viscosity, creaminess and no bitterness - almost like petit Chateau Grillet. 14.3% alcohol a... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Good history lesson, DV (kudos to Wikipedia). I've always wondered how the ... ... seen are actually from Canada. Fox, here's a rider on the original challenge. Where's this? It's still relevant within the original context, and I've had good wine here, too.  And DV I'm not sure this is all that irrelevant or even irreverent. Where do you thin... Read More

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