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

  • Fielding Estate Winery

    The Vineyards From their first small vintage in 2002, Fielding wines are made with meticulous c...

  • Trius

    We had a dream to create a wine that would set a new benchmark for winemaking in Niagara-on-the-L...

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • Lang Vineyards

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

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

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

  • Silver Sage Winery

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

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Canada on Snooth

  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Reserve 2012

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    The talented Jeff Martin makes this delicious Chard in a (rather) Cali style - with prominent oak (but not too, too prominent), a sweet entry with ample vanilla, butterscotch, apple and tropical fruit such as mango. This is a fine wine for the price, the only distraction being the gentle northern Chardonnay being a teeny bit overpowered by the ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Township 7 Cabernet Sauvignon Blue Terrace Vineyard 2010

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    This 2010 entry from Township 7 (originally headquartered at Langley BC Canada - but with vineyards in Naramata) is a nice, medium-bodied, sound Cab with a hint of acidity, precipitated tannin, coffee and tasty blackberry notes; the balance is good and nose is leather plus black fruit such as mentioned. Very good value, but drink now. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Orofino Beleza 2007

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    This Bordeaux style blend rounding out nicely with just a whiff of oak upon uncorking; there is then a good supply of blackberry, plum, and vanilla both on the nose and on entry. Like some Washington and BC Merlot-Cabernet blends, there is some lack of depth (core), but this is the nature of the beast. A decent wine, but drink up. 87 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Silver Sage Winery Pinot Blanc Dessert Wine 2005

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    Awesome!!!! Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • One wonders.  Many of you would know my own particular taste, but so much ... ... and British Columbia, Canada) was very, very primitive 30 years back so France, Italy, Oz, Cali - well, these were the only viable choices.French wines - particularly those of the Bordeaux - will continue to change with the climate change (longer growing seasons... Read More

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  • Stratus Charles Baker Riesling 2011

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    Stewed white fruit - especially gooseberry - dominates the nose with some ... ... ... beat this baby... one of Canada's best - a jewel. 92 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Brights Maria Christina Red Canada Vincor International Inc

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    Wine review by Nyasha


  • Terravista Vineyards Fandango 2013

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    This wine is the colour of many Rías Baixas wines I've enjoyed over the years and is quite redolent of that familiar peach and ginger I remember - notwithstanding the credit-worthy Verdejo component. Good acidity and more peach on the palate with a fruity, lingering finish. Some bitterness on the follow-through, but this is a most elegant wine... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Brut 2011

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    This sparkler from the Okanagan Valley, Canada is a very affordable alternative to European exemplars. It has a Champagne-like nose of toasty vanilla coupled with a hint of lime. On entry, there is good acidity and citrus flavour enveloped by more brioche and vanilla. Good, persistent mousse. Elegant and mouth-cleansing, it only lacks a littl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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


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