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

  • The County Cider Company & Estate Winery

    The County Cider Company & Estate Winery is a family-operated estate winery specializing in mouth...

  • Closson Chase

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

  • Caroline Cellars Winery

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

  • Strewn Estate Winery

    At Strewn, we're committed to making premium VQA wines from grapes grown in the Niagara peninsula...

  • Joseph's Estate Wines

    Dr. Joseph Pohorly was one of the first winery owners in Niagara. He founded Newark Winery in the...

  • Schonmarke

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

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Ontario on Snooth

  • Twist of Fate Malbec Merlot

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE....no...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello 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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Sauterne, Labeled in the sixties


  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Old Vines 2014

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    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

    Forum post in the topic Wine Storage Idea


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