Ontario Wine

 

Ontario is the most productive wine-producing province within Canada, accounting for the majority of its wines. Though it is located in the middle of the world’s “wine belt,” at 41 - 44 degrees N (the same as Tuscany, Burgundy, and Oregon), the climate is a bit cooler. But it is still very well suited to grape-growing. Four of the Great Lakes (Ontario, Erie, Huron, and Superior) are in Ontario, as well dozens of freshwater lakes, providing plenty of irrigation. Most of the vineyards are situated in the south, parallelling the US border, along the shorelines of Lakes Erie and Ontario, where it is most warm. The soils are a combination of glacial sediment and clay-loam. 
 
The Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) of Ontario regulates the labeling and quality of the wines. For a single varietal to be declared on a label, the wine must be 85% of that varietal. Labrusca varietals had been the norm for grape plantings, as in most of Canada, due to their hardiness in cold Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Ontario 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 Ontario

  • Niagara Peninsula

      The Niagara Peninsula, part of the Ontario province, is the most productive wine region in...

  • Prince Edward County Vqa

    Prince Edward County is one of Canada's newest wine regions. As a man-made island in Lake Ontario...

  • Ontario Vqa

      Ontario is the most productive wine-producing province within Canada, accounting for the m...

  • Prince Edward

    At the beginning of 2001, Prince Edward County in south eastern Ontario didn’t have a single wine...

Popular Wineries in Ontario View all

  • Reif Estate Winery

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

  • Closson Chase

    Closson Chase is a quality-driven producer that has spear headed the birth of the Prince Edwaer C...

  • Vineland Estates Winery

    Open all year round, Vineland Estates Winery is not only the home of fine wine and cuisine, but a...

  • Schonmarke

    Schönmarke Gold VQA Icewine is nature's precious gift of winter to wine lovers. It is produced in...

  • Southbrook Vineyards

    Southbrook Vineyard’s goal is to engage both “mouths and minds” with an experience keyed to all y...

  • Strewn Estate Winery

    At Strewn, we're committed to making premium VQA wines from grapes grown in the Niagara peninsula...

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  • Well count me in Ontario.  We seldom have any of your stuff out here in BC, especially good stuff.My wife is going to Niagara for the National Dragonboat Championships later this month and I've instructed her to find me a good bottle of Ontario red.  Blend is fine.  How familiar are you with BC stuff?  I could name a few that are ones I'd like h... Read More

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  • Hi Howard,I'm a big fan/supporter of Ontario wines - would be happy to offer some great cellar selections for you. I run a Twitter chat on Ontario wine (#ONWineChat) and we had a discussion on cellar worthy Ontario wines not that long ago. I'll see if I can dig it out. Read More

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  • Welcome Howard,I'm from Victoria.  Jackson Triggs has some okay stuff, ... can't get most of it in Ontario.  It's likewise for us, we don't get any of your good wine as most of it is sold before it can get to stores there. EMark is correct about the cork thing.  I love tradition and I love uncorking a bottle, but believe me, I've had some great... Read More

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  • Howard, you are now our Ontario wines expert.  Most of the Canadians who pop up here tend to be from BC.  I confess to being a California wine bigot.  So, I am completely unfamiliar with the wines you listed.  It's not clear to me where the Heron Red and the Jackson Triggs are from.  I am on the same page with you on using wines that I deem to b... Read More

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  • I am retired from the Canadian Navy after 20 years and have had the chance to ... cellar and don't know Ontario Wines but understand Screw caps are everywhere. I am a cork guy. If I can't age it I don't want it. I am open to suggestions. I drink only Red and not over dry wines. Howa Read More

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  • Scaremongers Spark Fear Over Arsenic in WineWinemakers fume over lawsuit that ... ... considered acceptable in Ontario, Canada, and one-fourth as high as those permitted in Europe and elsewhere by the OIV. But in the court of public opinion, the accusation has already found a sympathetic ear. CBS News aired a report about the pending lawsuit o... Read More

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  • @DV, you have spoken the magical words ... as of this weekend we're finally ... also rarely found here in Ontario. Any recommendations would be welcom Read More

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  • It looks like weather patterns are changing.  I hope that you'll have ... fantastic.  I believe Ontario actually produces more grapes than BC, but Toronto has more people than all of BC I think!  So, as you say it gets bought quickly.  It's like that here too.  A lot of stuff gets bought by restaurants and golf clubs etc, before it ever gets t... Read More

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  • DV, like I said, it was fun to hope :)We buy Ontario mostly in the warmer seasons, as we simply head out straight to the source to get our fix. The best of what's available locally is produced in such small batches that they don't retail their wine anywhere, especially not at the LCBO.This past year was also very bad for weather and disease from... Read More

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  • O2,Thanks for the update!  I've had a few like that.  When ... Do you buy much Ontario wine?  I'm in BC and sorry to say, we don't much of yours out here.  Read More

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  • Your analysis of the regions of Ontario seems to ignore that there are sub-appellations within the Niagara Peninsula which was done to recognize the differences in soil and weather conditions affecting the attributes of the grapes grown in the respective sub-appellations. Further, although the Ontario wine industry is relatively young compared t...

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  • Cave Spring's CSV Riesling is released on the 18th of this month! Get some while you can!

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  • Our ice wines found in Niagara on the Lake are absolutely amazing.

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  • What's your favourite Ontario wine subregion? My last trip found a picturesque and delicious horseshoe on Beamsville Bench, Niagara. Fielding Estates specializes in aromatic whites - great selection of excellent wines. Also tried Hidden Bench, very classy, they email you the tasting notes for the wines you purchased when you return home. Will be...

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