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

  • 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 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

  • Sanson Estate Winery

    We have a very old unopened bottle of Gran Vino Sanson that was given to us 15 years ago.   ...

  • Konzelmann Estate Winery

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

  • Carolinian Winery

    Carolinian Winery is a family owned and operated winery located on Foley Farms, an organic fruit ...

  • Colio Estate Wines

    Critical to our winery's success was the decision to lure Carlo Negri in 1980 away from one of th...

  • Cave Spring Cellars

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

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

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

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Ontario on Snooth

  • 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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  • Thanks everyone for all the information. I absolutely love blue cheese. The ... VQA Niagara Peninsula . Ontario Canada.  The bottle is narrow and is 375 ml.Looking for an occasion for having it but have learned that finding the right time to drink something special is almost impossible. The best occasion is creating one on a day with little ac... Read More

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  • v v, my luck with that Monga Zin has been iffy.  I think I've had two ... ... one in a restaurant in Ontario no more than about 10 miles from the Lopez Vineyard.  Not a big deal for Sonoma denizens, but for those of us who live in suburbia, it was pretty fun.  That evening we were entertaining one of our friends from NC, and I thought I was b... 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 incipient petrol. On the palate (especially entry), there is MacIntosh apple acidity and lime. Truly delicious, this wine lacks almost for nothing - maybe just a bit more density. Otherwise, seek out and buy as much as you can find. Few Rhinegau beat this baby... one of C... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • EMark, glad to hear the Mondavi was good.DM, I forgot to put it in the ... des ... ... des Charmes (Niagara, Ontario)icewine for my wife.  She liked it of course.  I didn't try it  Read More

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  • Hi everyone,I work with an Italian vineyard that would like to work with a ... ... at a state level?  In Ontario Canada is is not possible to work with more than 1 agent, and I'm having trouble finding out if any similar restrictions apply in the USA.thanks!Alex  &nbs 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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