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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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

  • Malivoire Wine Company

    These clever organic farmers welcome guests at their unique winery store. Malivoire’s practical ...

  • Thirty Bench Wines

    Thirty Bench is a producer of premium wines grown exclusively on estate vineyards in the Beamsvil...

  • Konzelmann Estate Winery

    The Konzelmann Estate Winery was established in 1984 on the shores of Lake ontario by the Konzelm...

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

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

  • Peller Estates

    It all began in 1927, when my grandfather, Andrew Peller, first arrived in Canada from Hungary. H...

  • Vineland Estates Winery

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

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Ontario on Snooth

  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... are pretty good - Tawse from Ontario for example. Or Wyncroft, from Michigan, which can hold its own with any. Domaine Serene is the one that put Oregon on everyone's list as the "Burgundian" place in the US, which is hilarious since most of Oregon is desert and ... Read More

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  • English Sparkling Wine above.....The wine to the extreme right is BALFOUR 1503 ... Heat Estate.If you are in Ontario, Canada, ask for it;  it the first and only English Sparkling Wine in Ontario, Canada!SIEMA WINES in Washington D.C is the company presently importing English Sparkling Win Read More

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  • Welcome Kathy from a fellow Canadian.I too love merlot.  BC makes some ... ... I can't find much Ontario wine in Victoria.How long have you been interested in wine enough to talk about i Read More

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  • Hi Heather,LCBO would be a better place to begin your search.  There are ... site (Canadian) that are in Ontario and you could e-mail your question to them.  David Lawrason would be a good choice.&nbs Read More

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  • Some more dailies to plug holes.This may be arguably the best wine produced in ... Wine Competition 2016, Ontario, CAGOLD[95 POINTS] – New World International Wine Competition 2016, Ontario, CAFINALIST | GREAT VALUE [91 POINTS] – Ultimate Wine Challenge 2016, Hawthorne, NY[90 POINTS] – San Diego Wine & Spirits International Challenge 2016, San... Read More

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  • Ortega (named for Jose Ortega y Gasset - a Spanish follower of ... ... ... seen in New York State, Ontario and British Columbia.  I have tasted eiswein made with Ortega, and with the appropriate addition of sucrose, it makes a decent quaff.Having said these less-that-flattering remarks, let me say that most grapes in the hands of the right pe... Read More

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  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... also there's some from Ontario Canada.Good luc Read More

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  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Old Vines 2014

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    The acidic, wild berry aroma and flavour of this well-made Baco Noir will ... ... ... to old-style drinkers of Ontario wines; to wit, the wine is bright, filled with cranberry tartness and finishes short. It is a pocket of history in a bottle and worth drinking - especially if you are eating seafood or light entrees. Worth trying. 85 point Read More

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  • Yeah, the Abu Dhabi GP is in late November, this year, and will not conflict ... ... probably send his jet to Ontario, and we'll hop on, there.  That will make it easy for me to just hand carry my Zinfandel (and, yes, more than likely it will be one of OT's recommendations).  Dropping Bernie's name, if he's not around when we first arrive, gen... Read More

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  • I'd never heard of Dave Ramsey.  I Googled him before I read your ... ... ... event was held at the Ontario Convention Center, which is not a particularly large facility compared to, say, Anaheim or Los Angeles, but they have some reasonably large rooms.First of all, I was surprised at the traffic entering the parking lot.  I found a spot eas... 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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