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

  • Joseph's Estate Wines

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

  • Colio Estate Wines

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

  • Reif Estate Winery

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

  • Milan Wineries

    For over 100 years the Milan family has explored traditional wine making methods and have amasse...

  • Strewn Estate Winery

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

  • Flat Rock Cellars

    We are here at Flat Rock for two reasons. First, we’re here to make great wine. Second, we’re her...

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  • I am retired from the Canadian Navy after 20 years and have had the chance to ... cellar and don't know Ontario Wines but understand Screw caps are everywhere. I am a cork guy. If I can't age it I don't want it. I am open to suggestions. I drink only Red and not over dry wines. Howa Read More

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  • Scaremongers Spark Fear Over Arsenic in WineWinemakers fume over lawsuit that ... ... considered acceptable in Ontario, Canada, and one-fourth as high as those permitted in Europe and elsewhere by the OIV. But in the court of public opinion, the accusation has already found a sympathetic ear. CBS News aired a report about the pending lawsuit o... Read More

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  • @DV, you have spoken the magical words ... as of this weekend we're finally ... also rarely found here in Ontario. Any recommendations would be welcom Read More

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  • It looks like weather patterns are changing.  I hope that you'll have ... fantastic.  I believe Ontario actually produces more grapes than BC, but Toronto has more people than all of BC I think!  So, as you say it gets bought quickly.  It's like that here too.  A lot of stuff gets bought by restaurants and golf clubs etc, before it ever gets t... Read More

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  • DV, like I said, it was fun to hope :)We buy Ontario mostly in the warmer seasons, as we simply head out straight to the source to get our fix. The best of what's available locally is produced in such small batches that they don't retail their wine anywhere, especially not at the LCBO.This past year was also very bad for weather and disease from... Read More

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  • O2,Thanks for the update!  I've had a few like that.  When ... Do you buy much Ontario wine?  I'm in BC and sorry to say, we don't much of yours out here.  Read More

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  • Thanks everyone for all the information. I absolutely love blue cheese. The ... VQA Niagara Peninsula . Ontario Canada.  The bottle is narrow and is 375 ml.Looking for an occasion for having it but have learned that finding the right time to drink something special is almost impossible. The best occasion is creating one on a day with little ac... Read More

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  • v v, my luck with that Monga Zin has been iffy.  I think I've had two ... ... one in a restaurant in Ontario no more than about 10 miles from the Lopez Vineyard.  Not a big deal for Sonoma denizens, but for those of us who live in suburbia, it was pretty fun.  That evening we were entertaining one of our friends from NC, and I thought I was b... Read More

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  • Stratus Charles Baker Riesling 2011


    Stewed white fruit - especially gooseberry - dominates the nose with some incipient petrol. On the palate (especially entry), there is MacIntosh apple acidity and lime. Truly delicious, this wine lacks almost for nothing - maybe just a bit more density. Otherwise, seek out and buy as much as you can find. Few Rhinegau beat this baby... one of C... Read More

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  • EMark, glad to hear the Mondavi was good.DM, I forgot to put it in the ... des ... ... des Charmes (Niagara, Ontario)icewine for my wife.  She liked it of course.  I didn't try it  Read More

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