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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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

  • Peller Estates

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

  • Crown Bench Estates Winery

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

  • Sandbanks Estate Winery

    Sandbanks Estate Winery is situated along the picturesque shores of Lake Ontario, minutes west of...

  • Château des Charmes

    The story of Château des Charmes begins over five generations ago with a family that traces its r...

  • Long Dog Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Thirty Bench Wines

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

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Ontario on Snooth

  • 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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  • Welcome GW,I guess it's not Mike Weir?  :)Are you a fan of Ontario wines?  Do you see much BC wine out there?  Read More

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  • I looked at the charts you linked.  Very interesting, especially the last ... last ... Quality Alliance (Ontario also).  It strictly regulates quality and authenticity of origin of the grapes.  This is like the Italian model (DOC).  There is wine here blended from BC and grapes from "other places" (like California), but it can't carry the VQA... Read More

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  • Believe it or not, back in my working days I made a couple business trips to ... ... would fly on Alaska from Ontario to either Portland or Seattle, then connect to a "puddle jumper" operated for Alaska by Horizon Air.  On that 40-60 minute hop to Walla Walla, they would always serve a gratis wine or beer (your choice) of the day.  I can't rem... Read More

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  • Baco Noir Henry of Pelham Niagara Ontario 2005

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    This is both an excellent drinking wine and it also has a hidden secret. I have not run across a better wine for making meat sauces or gravies. It has a certain earthiness in keeping with the 'baco' aspect of its name. Red meats, grilled or roasted, fit perfectly with it. Read More

    Wine review by HubertOHearn


  • Thirty Bench Wines Thirty Bench Riesling Blanc NV

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    aint yellow in the class with a slight orange cast, this wine smells of plum, fresh peach and lime. In the mouth, the wine is incredibly juicy and delicious mouthwatering acidity and a strong mineral character as body. Highly recommended to pizz and pasta as perfect match in a hot summer. Read More

    Wine review by MapleAlan


  • 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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