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...

  • 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...

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

  • Caroline Cellars Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Palatine Hills Estate Winery

    Grapes have been grown on Palatine Hills Estate for over three decades, on 187 acres of perfect s...

  • Schonmarke

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

  • EastDell Estates

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

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Ontario on Snooth

  • STEPHEN HARVEY I'm always looking for new stuff to taste. Send me a ... our Liquor Control Board of Ontario [LCBO] does a very good job of not getting a varied selection of wines from around the world. Even though they (were at one time) the largest buyer of wines and spirits in the world. T Read More

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  • Norman Hardie Pinot Noir -Unfiltered 2009

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    A lovely expression of Pinot Noir - uniquely County. Pale cherry red color. Beautiful floral nose, ripe raspberry, cherry fruit and funky earthiness. Light to Mid-weight, smooth and sweet on the palate with hints of silky black cherries, plums, herb fruit and fine, spicy notes. Lingering pure fruit finish. Enjoy this wine on its own or with food... Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • Hi Dustin,These guys wouldn't get the Tom Cochrane email thing!  ... ... ... see if they can ship to Ontari Read More

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  • Anyone know where I can purchase a Christian Moeuix Merlot Bordeau?Its out of stock in Ontario Canada. Willing to purchase online. (Drank my last bottle from 2011).Contact me at boyinsidetheman at hotmail dot com. Thanks all! Read More

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  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than Bordeaux"I love shit like this.  As if the only thing that mattered was latitude.  (Or soil, or mean daily temperature, or... take your pick.) Has this writer ever been to either place?  I haven't been to Bordeaux, but I know that area in Ontario and Western NY pretty well.  L... Read More

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  • Twist of Fate Malbec Merlot

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    Very clear and light in color....of which this is cherry/red grape/strawberry juice. The aromas are mild overall, and consist of currant, dark blackberry and is somewhat brisk at the finish with spice. Flavors follow suit and the Malbec shows over the Merlot, with subtle spice, Earthy deep berry, currants, booze and even some licorice. Overal... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • 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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  • 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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