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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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

  • Long Dog Vineyard & Winery

    In 1997, our close friend Steven suggested we look into buying a country place together and h...

  • Ancient Coast Wines

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

  • Caroline Cellars Winery

    Caroline Cellars is one of the newest additions to the winery landscape of Niagara-on-the-Lake. ...

  • Countryman's Estate Winery

    It is the first winery in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and one of the first fruit w...

  • Crown Bench Estates Winery

    Crown Bench Estate Winery is based on a simple idea, that by combining the very best in terrain, ...

  • Willow Springs Winery

    Founded by Mario and Julie Testa, Willow Springs Winery is situated in Stouffville, Ontario atop ...

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Ontario on Snooth

  • 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

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  • The sweet wines are very different depending on the production method. I'm ... the 1970s but trying wine in Ontario was a bad idea because they'd lose their harvest to snow or animals, so eventually they figured they'd try to make ice wine. It was dismissed initially, partly because they were using grapes like Vidal, which is cold hardy and re... Read More

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  • Tried my first Ice wine. It was a bottle of 2007 Inniskillin ... in Niagra on the Lake Ontario Canada.This bottle was sent to be by a friend in the Midwest. It is certainly one of the sweetest wines  that I have ever tasted. "There's incredible depth of both flavor and texture in this golden icewine from Inniskillin. Initially, it's rich and cr... Read More

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  • Peller Estates Ice Cuvee Classic Niagara Peninsula Vqa NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Welcome Debbie,Good to have another Canadian!  Are many Ontario wines available in Winnipeg?  Read More

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  • Cave Spring Cellars Riesling Niagara 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by POMBERO


  • Of course, the good news is that vineyards in Washington State, Idaho, British Columbia, Ontario and upstate New York may be the final frontier (if northern Europe and Asia are excluded for the moment).  With underworked soil and better access (so far) to melting glaciers in the Cascades and Coast Mountains, we can look forward to stupendous res... 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.

    Comment by 476872rklean 476872 rklean


  • 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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