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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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

  • Sandbanks Estate Winery

    Sandbanks Estate Winery is situated along the picturesque shores of Lake Ontario, minutes west of...

  • Palatine Hills Estate Winery

    Grapes have been grown on Palatine Hills Estate for over three decades, on 187 acres of perfect s...

  • Pelee Island Winery

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

  • Thirty Bench Wines

    Thirty Bench is a producer of premium wines grown exclusively on estate vineyards in the Beamsvil...

  • Le Clos Jordanne

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

  • 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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Ontario on Snooth

  • Andres Botticelli Red Still Table Wine Andres Wines Ltd NV


    When I began to pour the contents of this bottle into my wine glass, I was quite suprised to see the wine begin to "fizz".I quickly looked at the label again, just to be sure I didn't purchase a sparkling red wine!The wine indeed is a red wine, the start has a crisp spritzy feel on your taste buds, followed by a strong concord middle, and a smoo... Read More

    Wine review by Lilmiffedmuffet

  • Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc Estate Bottled 2011


    A light greenish tinged wine. An aromatic bouquet of citrus fruits, lime, green apple with hints of golden delicious and pineapple. A clean soft light-bodied wine with mild tartness. Subtle notes of citrus round out this refreshing mouthful. Young, lively and easily enjoyed. A nice white without any pretensions. Read More

    Wine review by 584182NiagaraWiner 584182 NiagaraWiner

  • Calamus Estate Vqa Calamus Red 2010


    A nose of oak and raspberry jam with some heat. A dry red mix that shows the cab sauv fullness with a smooth merlot finish. A deep undertone of blackcurrant on the palate. Could still be left to age for another year or two to let the tannins temper a bit. A rewarding experience. Read More

    Wine review by 584182NiagaraWiner 584182 NiagaraWiner

  • Nowhere near a wine expert nor an aficionado. Just a guy who enjoys a good ... ... cellar includes about half Ontario VQA wines. Try some beyond the well-known ice wines! I also enjoy writing the odd non-conventional revie Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi from Niagara, Canada! by 584182NiagaraWiner 584182 NiagaraWiner

  • Inniskillin Riesling Late Autumn 2009


    Pale straw colour. Fragrant melon and rosebud. A nice delicate late Riesling. Leaning slightly more tart than sweet, but just by a tad. Starts sweet on the palette tending to a tart finish. Good value! Read More

    Wine review by 584182NiagaraWiner 584182 NiagaraWiner

  • Tawse Quarry Road Pinot Noir 2009


    One of many great Niagara '09 Pinots. Dark cherry, mocha and soil on the nose. More cherry, dark fruits and mocha on the palate. Very full body with a nice long finish. The full flavors come out after a few hours of decanting. Read More

    Wine review by Scott Rouse

  • Tawse Estates Riesling Sketches of Niagara 2007


    A nice mid-dry Riesling with fruity citrus but enough mineralness to keep it dry and from being overly sweet. I've enjoyed a few bottles. Read More

    Wine review by Scott Rouse

  • Lakeview Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007


    A very nice Cab. Chocolate/ mocha with subtle fruit on the nose. Full bodied with mocha and cherry and light tannins. Have enjoyed several bottles. Can cellar for a few years. Read More

    Wine review by Scott Rouse

  • The Foreign Affair Winery Cabernet Franc Appassimento 2007


    Had a sample at the winery and had to have it, despite the pricetag. An amazing wine done in the "Amarone" Appassimento style of drying the grapes. Trying to save it for special occasion but it might not make it. Read More

    Wine review by Scott Rouse

  • Angels Gate Winery Riesling Niagara Peninsula Vqa Sussreserve 2010


    Refreshing citrus fruit sweetness but finishes dry and clean. Must pick up more from the winery Read More

    Wine review by Scott Rouse

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