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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

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

  • Le Clos Jordanne

    Le Clos Jordanne is a remarkable partnership between Vincor Canada and Boisset France. It symboli...

  • Calona Vineyards

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

  • Black Cloud

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

  • Joie

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

  • Château des Charmes

    The story of Château des Charmes begins over five generations ago with a family that traces its r...

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • Painted Rock Syrah 2009

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    After sitting for about 25 minutes, this moderately powerful Syrah releases a wonderful scent of crushed cherries, meaty sausage and cola extract (Pepsi rather than Coke, perhaps). The entry is rather Côte-Rôtie - with considerable power and expression on the palate through cherry, cola and a slight tannic finish promising further aging potent... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • It's not just the year, but the year for specific locations and ... the ... the Niagara bench.Just as in Canada, so as in CA, WA, OR, France, Italy, etc., especially over larger geographical ranges.Melissa, could be vintage, could also be winemaking. Have you tried letting the 2010 breathe for several hours first? Does it taste different on th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Clos du Bois North Coast...


  • Blue Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine is a matter of style, and Blue Mountain makes a Sauvignon Blanc with great verve that defies easy generalizing with competitors. On the nose, there is a sharp sour lemon, apple, grass and fresh compote. Entry is brisk and cleansing with considerable citrus and less musk than European and Kiwi offerings. More subtle flavours but more acid t... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Hi everyone,I work with an Italian vineyard that would like to work with a ... ... ... level?  In Ontario Canada is is not possible to work with more than 1 agent, and I'm having trouble finding out if any similar restrictions apply in the USA.thanks!Alex  &nbs Read More

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  • Buy Real/Fake Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas, USA Green ... ... Australia,Belgium,Brazil, Canada, Italian,Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa,Spain, United Kingdom and worldwide.Contact e-mails:===============================sinclaire371@gmail.comGeneral support:===========================sinclaire371... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for an everyday red...


  • I've had the Duca San Felice from Librandi, by Ciro.  Good ... that ... that helps you not at all in Canada unless you are planning a trip to the Bay Area.Would be interesting to know more about the place you have to rent... Have a link to some photos, or an agency that helps rent it out?  I'm sure others would be interested as wel Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amazing wine produced in...


  • Hello all!  We have a little place in the southern part of Italy, ... ...  Since returning to Canada, I have done my research and can only find it sold in Calgary for around $18 CAD.  I wonder if anyone else here has tried this wine?  They keep it close to home, I reckon.  It's a real treasure and I cannot wait to get back, stock up and bring ... Read More

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  • Greg,Thanks for those links.  Hilarious.  I picture James Mason ... one from Canada. An Andrew Peller wine Read More

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  • Okay, perhaps I should systematically give a drink or no-drink!There was a company in Canada called Vincor that bought a lot of wineries and it was more mediocre than great.  Vincor was then bought by Constellation in 2012.  I try to support independent wineries in BC, like OT does in California.  I get that Gallo has some okay stuff under their... Read More

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  • Inniskillin Ice Wine Vidal Blanc 2012

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    A big silky mouthful of honey, apricot, and peach. Terrific with a tart peach tart.Could easily continue to sip on this throughout and beyond dessert Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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