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

  • Cave Spring Cellars

    Great winemaking finds its origins through a marriage of vision, passion and patience. More than ...

  • Peller Estates

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

  • EastDell Estates

    EastDell Estates is located on the Niagara West Wine Route, perched high atop the famous Beamsvil...

  • Closson Chase

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

  • Schonmarke

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

  • Ancient Coast Wines

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

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Ontario on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Paler Princess that loves wine

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Anselmann Trockenbeerenauslese

  • 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


    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

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • 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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  • Those grapes - Catawba, etc., are available all over the northern midwest as well as Ontario, Canada. They are often sold at farmer's markets, both as juice and as grape bunches. They were always available at the farmer's market in Brooklyn. Read More

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  • Yup, it's Windsor.  Oldest trivia question in the book is what is the ... drive north from Windsor, Ontario?  I've driven through it on the way to visiting people in Detroit when I lived in Ithaca.Doesn't everyone in Windsor already drive to the other side of the border to buy alcohol?  Used to be that it was cheaper to buy Canadian beer in De... Read More

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  • Hi Ronny,Welcome to the forum!  I'm in Victoria.  I'm going ... have much of it out there in Ontario.  Likewise, we don't have much Ontario wine, except for Inniskillin.  Your stuff from good wineries barely makes it the shelves there from what I've heard.  Have you toured the Niagara wineries?  My wife was back there last summer and brought m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • 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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