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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Sanson Estate Winery

    We have a very old unopened bottle of Gran Vino Sanson that was given to us 15 years ago.   ...

  • Closson Chase

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

  • Crown Bench Estates Winery

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

  • Pelee Island Winery

    Welcome to Pelee Island Winery, Canada's warmest and southernmost appellation. Pelee Island is on...

  • Le Clos Jordanne

    Le Clos Jordanne is a remarkable partnership between Vincor Canada and Boisset France. It symboli...

  • Reif Estate Winery

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

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Ontario on Snooth

  • Baco Noir Henry of Pelham Niagara Ontario 2005


    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


    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

  • No, for sure there is some good wine coming out of Ontario, as well as in BC. Local wine keeps surprising me, actually. Earlier this year we visited Saturna Island Winery, and I was super impressed by their wild ferment riesling (they had two rieslings as I recall). Those guys are off Vancouver Island, well away from the Okanagan and Naramarta B... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Long Shadows wine makers...

  • It's a conundrum here.  The government in BC basically IS the ... ... don't know a thing about Ontario wine.  I know they produce more than BC and that they have some decent pinot's.  I should ask a few wineries here about the Meritage thing.&nbs Read More

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  • Pictures from the Cucamonga Valley:Lopez Vineyard--SE corner of the ... from ... ... from the east end of the Ontario Airport runways.  This area used to be covered with vines.  Now it is totally commercial buildings and this patc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines

  • Norman Hardie Pinot Noir Prince Edward County Vqa County 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • The Old Third Vineyard Pinot Noir Prince Edward County Vqa 2010


    This wine has been allowed to age three years since I bought it at the winery. It could age longer. I used a Vinturi aerator to open it up a bit more. Without the Vinturi it was too acidic. Velvety red in colour. Raspberry, currant, and something like pecan on the nose. High in tannins and quite acidic. Another year would make this more full. I ... Read More

    Wine review by 1121277Calamus 1121277 Calamus

  • Peller Estates Merlot Niagara Peninsula Vqa Private Reserve 2008


    Very good with steak, quinoa, mushrooms. Read More

    Wine review by Bresmith

  • Vineland Estates Winery Cabernet Franc Niagara Peninsula Vqa Reserve 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by susan ad

  • Pelee Winery Chardonnay Vqa Ontario Vqa Non-Oaked 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by crowens99

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