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...

  • 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

  • Calona Vineyards

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

  • Greata Ranch Vineyard

    Greata Ranch was established in 1895 by British immigrant George Greata. Although the property wa...

  • Mount Boucherie

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

  • Pillitteri Estates Winery

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

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

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

  • Lang Vineyards

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • DV, I'm assuming you mean you won't be able to find any more '09s, ... for the most part, how does Canada handle shipping of wine to the U Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Culmina Hypothesis 2011

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    The 2011 Culmina is quite a surprise - there is a certain mute element on the nose (slightly closed) but with lightweight cassis. The entry is quite light in body, but with light, attractive tannin and demi-sec blackberry flavors. The wine is clean, pure and promises even better results down the line. Tastes like a St.-Estephe wine... Pricy, b... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Peller Estates Ice Cuvee Classic Niagara Peninsula Vqa NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Burrowing Owl Vineyards-Syrah 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Popmuseum


  • I'm going to close the enrollment this coming Monday, 26 Oct 2015. ... USA ... USA people.  Anyone in Canada should of course wait until everyone else has opened and tasted their bottles..... :-)&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015


  • So here you go, D. I represented this guy recently who was held in federal ... keep in mind he's from Canada.  And part of his deal is he gets to go to Canadian prison after a few years, and they have the option to parole him out, which they are expected to do.  Follow the money, FBI!  Follow the wine stains, to Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine and Crime--Part II


  • Lock & Worth Winery Square One 2013

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    What strikes me most about the best British Columbia wines is their purity; this Cabernet Franc is slightly muted on the nose (it is a serious, yet young wine), but has inviting scents of Western Red Cedar and blackberry without the green bell pepper. The entry is smooth, with cassis, Central American coffee and a hint of tannin. Finish is long... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Cave Spring Cellars Riesling Niagara 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by POMBERO


  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay 2013

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    Considering the high regard for this wine and vintage by "professional" tasters, I expected a little more. Colour is an inviting green - very Chablis-like - with a bouquet dominated by vanilla, spice and oak with apple pie in the background. Entry is warm and slightly harsh due to oak-forward and fruit-overwhelmed taste. Finish is medium and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Township 7 Merlot 2012

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    This Merlot sourced from the Okanagan but marketed at the Langley BC Vineyard and Tasting facility (Fraser Valley) is a consistently decent red: there are black cherry and chocolate notes on the nose with rich, smooth cherry vanilla flavours on the palate. Tastes like a decent Bordeaux Superieur just up from the Palus. This is the best quality ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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