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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard

    Every wine has a unique character. And it's not only the grape variety or "terroir" - the mix of ...

  • Applewood Farm Winery

    Applewood Farm has been in the Passafiume family for almost thirty years. It began as one of the ...

  • Reif Estate Winery

    The Reif family tradition of winemaking began nearly half a millennium ago in the small winemakin...

  • Willow Springs Winery

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

  • Thirty Bench Wines

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

  • Crown Bench Estates Winery

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

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Ontario on Snooth

  • 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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    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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  • Pelee Island Winery Merlot Pelee Island Vqa NV

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    Love the gentle sweetness and slight dry bite of this wine. One of my favs. Read More

    Wine review by woolfepac


  • Well count me in Ontario.  We seldom have any of your stuff out here in BC, especially good stuff.My wife is going to Niagara for the National Dragonboat Championships later this month and I've instructed her to find me a good bottle of Ontario red.  Blend is fine.  How familiar are you with BC stuff?  I could name a few that are ones I'd like h... Read More

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  • Hi Howard,I'm a big fan/supporter of Ontario wines - would be happy to offer some great cellar selections for you. I run a Twitter chat on Ontario wine (#ONWineChat) and we had a discussion on cellar worthy Ontario wines not that long ago. I'll see if I can dig it out. Read More

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