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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

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

  • La Ferme Maury

    This vineyard farm, facing the Nothumberland Strait, with all its surrounding activities, w...

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

    Jackson-Triggs has a long history of supporting vital, community-based organizations with part...

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • Le Clos Jordanne

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

  • Château des Charmes

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

  • Reif Estate Winery

    The Reif family tradition of winemaking began nearly half a millennium ago in the small winemakin...

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  • Recline Ridge Marechal Foch 2010


    Another very creditable Foch from Recline Ridge (North Okanagan BC). A slightly reclusive nose of coffee, hickory smoke, plum and sloe with a smooth, creamy entry and a cranberry and fresh leather finish. As expected, not complex but deep like a northern Beaujolais cru. Good control over the natural acidity of the variety. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Cassini Cellars Red Carpet Pinot Noir 2012


    Sporting good depth and color, this PN also shows a nose of carrot top, celery and wild strawberry. On the palate there is strawberry jam, a hint of coniferous forest floor and old leather. An easy-sipping New World style with good value to price ratio. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • You folks and your pics! Both hilarious.emark - there was an original ... in ... ... in Europe, S. America, Canada and the US over the years. Bringing up Jacques Pepin once again, he has stated several times that the goal should be to make the CUSTOMER feel comfortable, not to feed the ego of some waiter or restaurant manager or owner. Of cou... Read More

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  • If I lived in Washington State or Canada I would drink Soos Creek Ceil de Cheval, and eat Rainier cherries.Thanks to you who defended Florida as different. Read More

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  • OutTherePOOR YOU!  (I'm very jealous).  Let us know how it was at ... was at ... The reality is, Canada is the US' retarded little brother, so we have to have SOMETHING to deride you about.&nbs Read More

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  • Good conversation came of it though!  Look on the bright side :)  It ... have the mildest winters in Canada.  Victoria is equidistant between Vancouver and Seattle.  The wine country in BC is the same longitudinally as Washington...similar snowy winters.I know Florida is heavily populated with obnoxious Quebecers in winter...sounds like heaven... Read More

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  • JESCOBIO, that's my whole reason to live:  To crack people up and ... ... ... you are from Western Canada, right? Not very different from CA, OR, WA, just slightly colder winters.  But Florida is another creature.  People who would not live anywhere but NY (cold winters, hot humid summers, crumbling infrastructure) must get out of the city an... Read More

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  • Osoyoos Larose Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa le Grand Vin 2007


    The 2007 edition of this wine is exceptional - perhaps the best ever; the color is deep garnet with a plummy "right bank" nose that vies with any but the best Bordeaux. Merlot dominant, but clearly stuffed with Cabernet, this wine would win awards in France. The entry is elegant with fine grained tannins and wonderful brambleberry and cherry no... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Peller Estates Vidal Icewine 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Some interesting discussion has stemmed from this one. I've told Gilles ... something interesting from Canada when we go down to Walla Walla. (He indicated that there's not much in the way of Canadian wines available there). I don't really have a cellar to pull from, as I have quite a bit of wine that was all purchased relatively recently. I'm... Read More

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