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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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Trius Winery at Hillebrand 2011

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    Here is a fresh, fruity, yet dry Rose' from a winery who excels in producing great wines. This is a blend of 56% Syrah, 31% Merlot, and 13% Cabernet Franc with all grapes being grown in the Niagara-On-The-Lake region of Canada. Fresh, refreshing, and delightful on the palate, this is a Rose' that shows off its colors and flavor with food or by i... Read More

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  • Pelee Island Chenin Blanc Vidal 2010

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    What a delicious and savory white from Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada! The color was daybright yellow in my glass. Aroma's of citrus, pineapple, and melon tantalized my senses! Mouth feel was medium in weight with a good acidity level. Flavors of young white peach, melon, and pineapple abound! On my second sip, more tropical fruit, mineral, and f... Read More

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  • Chateau des Charmes Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc 2009

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  • Chateau des Charmes Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc 2009

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    We at WineSplash love going to the Niagara Peninsula in Canada to taste wines! And Chateau Des Charmes is definitely one of our favorite places! The Mansion-like chateau, surrounding vineyards, and elegance of the interior is just magnificent! Last night, we drank the 2009 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc and truly enjoyed it. A lovely ruby color a... Read More

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  • Mary Jane's Bp Hemp Iced Wine Vidal NV

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  • Mary Jane's Bc Buddy Hemp Wine Red NV

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  • Mary Jane's Magical Hemp Wine White NV

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  • Aleksander Estate Winery Rose

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  • Aleksander Estate Winery Rose

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    Off Dry Rose from Essex County/Pelee Island region in Ontario, Canada. I am discovering some wonderful wines in this region and I always find hidden gems each time I go. This Rose is a bright pink color and clear. Aromas of strawberry, cranberry, floral, and candied fruit. Light to medium mouth feel, lush, with minimal tannins. Flavors of fresh ... Read More

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  • Featherstone Estate Winery Gamay Noir Vqa Rouge 2010

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    A pale red. Aged in oak this wine features woody/earth aromas and a slightly smoky palate. A nice easy-drinking, well-balanced, extra-dry red wine. Read More

    Wine review by 584182NiagaraWiner 584182 NiagaraWiner


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