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...

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...

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  • Lang Vineyards

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

  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

    Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, established in the quaint town of Summerland, BC was founded by Harry ...

  • Silver Sage Winery

    Welcome to Silver Sage Winery. Located in Oliver , BC , we have some of the best wine in the Okan...

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • Ancient Coast Wines

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

  • 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

  • Jeeeeeezuz....I checked Alaska Air, almost $900 to fly from Victoria to Santa Rosa return.My Air Canada points gave me a flight on the 18th, but said there were no return flights on points until a week later!  I'll keep trying.  I know they change. Read More

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  • DVogler,we are drinking to Canada, because you are drinking Australian wine and keeping our Government from doing another "vine pull" scheme. By all means if you get the chance, come to Australia and taste. Read More

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  • Haha.....I think a lot of people here would be scratching their heads!  ... ... are we drinking "to Canada"?)British Columbia makes some very good wine, but low volumes and high prices for the better stuff.  There are some decent ones that smarter vineyards have given price reductions (hopefully a trend!), like from $25 to $20 and $27 to $24 f... Read More

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  • Torbreck is full of cult wines. Woodcutters  for $33 is reasonable. There ... any De Bortoli wines get to Canada. They are often good value and good quality too. Yes, let's all drink to Australia and Canad Read More

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  • I like to fly Air Toronto. The regional Embraer 175 they have is much more comfortable with more leg room than the 737s American flies to Toronto from Dallas. Plus, it's direct. Always had a good experience.Now, on the Alaska, that's another step up from American. I love the Alaska Air "Boardroom" in Seattle which you can access if y... Read More

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  • Grange is great, however I have been lucky enough to attend tastings where it ... ... tasty and more fun. Yes Canada is the number 4 destination for Aussie wine after the UK,US and China. Those prices are cheaper than in Australia because of the WET Tax (Wine Equalisation Tax which is 29% of wholesale value) That Torbreck The Steading that I ... Read More

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  • Now that the Royal Tour is finished the Monarchy is very popular again, ... ... price of the Mollydooker in Canada, and double the refinement, can't guarantee you would get double the pleasure as that is personal taste. The Penfolds reds and whites may get to Canada to Read More

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  • Welcome WO!  Commonwealth Compatriot!  Ohhh, sorry....I keep ... and ... ... and here (west coast of Canada) is $29.  It's a brute.  Two Hands is great also.What do you lik Read More

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  • I refuse to take a backseat to OT on the whole Euro lifestyle thing.  My ... other direction, as a fan of Canada's system, and Australia's--but this is a bad jumping off point for that discussion. Would you please post a link for the article you refer to? I went to the WHO website, and they have quite a bit of information on the "harmful use o... Read More

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  • I had begun a discourse on the benefits of universal healthcare, but it had a ... a ... to health care like Canada's, but basically, we do pay far more in taxation here, but we can go to the doctor of our choice, hospital, for tests and procedures and never see a bill.  I hardly think that's something to be afraid o Read More

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