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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Ontario View all

  • Colio Estate Wines

    Critical to our winery's success was the decision to lure Carlo Negri in 1980 away from one of th...

  • Peller Estates

    It all began in 1927, when my grandfather, Andrew Peller, first arrived in Canada from Hungary. H...

  • Schonmarke

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

  • Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard

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

  • Long Dog Vineyard & Winery

    In 1997, our close friend Steven suggested we look into buying a country place together and h...

  • Fielding Estate Winery

    The Vineyards From their first small vintage in 2002, Fielding wines are made with meticulous c...

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  • Angels Gate Winery Gewürztraminer Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2010

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    This fragrant straw coloured Gerwurtz delights the nose with lychee and flowers the palate is distinctly dry and oozes oiliness. The finish remains dry and relatively long lasting. The oiliness can be off-putting and leans toward the distinctly new world Gewurtz style. Not my favourite Gerwurtz out there. If paired appropriately with spicy foods... Read More

    Wine review by 584182NiagaraWiner 584182 NiagaraWiner


  • Malivoire Gewürztraminer Beamsville Bench Vqa Estate Bottled 2010

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    After a few glasses this fragrant Gewurzt remains an enigma. A clear nose of ... any Gewurtz Ive tasted from Ontario. A very edgeless and rounded mouthful that ends with a slight dryness on the finish. New World Gewurtz are often criticised for being overly flabby in texture. The softness of this particular vintage appears flabby on the outse... Read More

    Wine review by 584182NiagaraWiner 584182 NiagaraWiner


  • Kacaba Rebecca Rose 2011

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    This delicious rose exhibits a tremendous nose of strawberries with hints of ... ... rose I've come across in Ontario to date. The rose is produced in a unique fashion that creates a very versatile wine that goes well beyond the summer sipper that dominates the rose label. A well balanced and shall I even admit...complex rose!? Indeed Read More

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  • Stratus Cabernet Franc Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2007

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    No written review

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  • Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Twenty Mile Bench Vqa le Grand Clos 2007

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    No written review

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  • Reif Estate Kerner Niagara-On-the-Lake Vqa 2009

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    Perhaps this wine's most striking feature is its intense floral aromas. A fresh velvet mouthful to start followed by a ceiling of tempered acidity. Flavours of peach,starfruit and blood oranges with a nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by 584182NiagaraWiner 584182 NiagaraWiner


  • Konzelmann Pinot Blanc-Weissburgunder 2010

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    Ah Pinot Blanc! All too rare and unassuming. It is said that Pinot Blanc is the party wine. In some respects that is true, since it can be seen as a safe white bet for the occasional wine drinker. Nevertheless, I appreciate that Konzelmann has taken on Pinot Blanc and succeeded in creating a rather fun and lengthy wine. This white wine is full ... Read More

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  • Niagara College Teaching Winery Dean's List Vidal Icewine 2008

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    I always enjoy Cab. Franc ice wines. This wine is no exception. A bright light-red colour. Lots of raspberries, plums well balanced syrupy sweetness. Paired very nicely with a pumpkin cheesecake. Read More

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  • 13th Street Cabernet Sauvignon Niagara Peninsula Vqa Rosé 2011

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  • Equifera Vidal Icewine 2008

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    A subpar wine. The scent is unappetizing and the taste is light and flabby. Well past its shelf life at this point. Read More

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