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

  • Angels Gate Winery

    Angels Gate Winery uses traditional winemaking techniques combined with new world technologies to...

  • Strewn Estate Winery

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

  • Carolinian Winery

    Carolinian Winery is a family owned and operated winery located on Foley Farms, an organic fruit ...

  • Joseph's Estate Wines

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

  • Applewood Farm Winery

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

  • Legends Estates Winery

    The waterfront view amongst acres of orchards and vineyards is the ideal setting to make your spe...

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Ontario on Snooth

  • Chateau des Charmes Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc 2009


    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


    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


    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

  • Angels Gate Winery Gewürztraminer Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2010


    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


    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

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  • Kacaba Rebecca Rose 2011


    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

    Wine review by 584182NiagaraWiner 584182 NiagaraWiner

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