Canadian Wine

 

Canada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of the early European settlers experimented with planting vinifera species from their home country, but these often succombed to vine diseases in the heat and humidity of summers, and froze to death in the frigid winters. However, indigenous grapes could withstand these conditions. European varietals were still being tested, but labrusca and riparia grapes and their hybrids such as Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Baco Noir, Concord, Niagara, Duchess and Maréchal Foch made up the majority of the wines. Suffice to say, these were not the stuff of global acclaim. 
 
In the early 1900s, Canada saw a sweeping temperance movement that enacted a Prohibition in most of the provinces from 1901 in Prince Edward Island, ending for most of the country in 1930 (Prince Edward Island finally relented in 1948). This had similar consequences and blackmarket equivocations as the American one. 

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Varietals Produced in Canada 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 Canada

  • British Columbia

      British Columbia in the western part of Canada has come a long way from its humble beginni...

  • Nova Scotia

    Nova Scotia’s wine industry rarely gets the attention it deserves. Though the climate is cool, ...

  • Ontario

      Ontario is the most productive wine-producing province within Canada, accounting for the m...

Popular Wineries in Canada View all

  • Antelope Ridge

    High atop the western hills of the South Okanagan's Golden Mile sits Antelope Ridge Estate Winery...

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud is the brand of winemaker Bradley Cooper and his wife Audralee Daum.

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

    In 1997 we purchased five acres of bare land in an area of the Okanagan Valley known as "The Gold...

  • Trius

    We had a dream to create a wine that would set a new benchmark for winemaking in Niagara-on-the-L...

  • Peller Estates

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

  • Kettle Valley Winery

    Naramata is easily the premier growing region in British Columbia, with it’s moderate temperature...

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  • Those of you who regularly visit this site should be familiar with the racy acidity of the Tantalus Riesling - a personal favorite of mine. Well, I can say that, after one further year in the bottle the 2009 is already showing signs of age with ginger, petrol and a rapid fall-off in acidity. This wine looks like it would age about 3-5 years to...

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  • I noticed during a quick reprise of the site that someone lamented a lack of information (or perhaps reviews of products by) Painted Rock. I actually have some familiarity with Red Icon and other products of this winery but have yet to post a review. Perhaps others have already reviewed some of the wines, but if not, I shall have a review or t...

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  • Blomidon Cremant 2013

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    This Cremant-style wine based on some local varieties (L'Acadie Blanc, e.g.) stops just short (and only just) of so-called Style Champagnois but still fortified with Brioche-light scent and white fruit (gooseberry, perhaps). The flavour is superior to ordinary Bourgogne style Cremant, with a somewhat drier finish and more Champagne notes such a... Read More

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  • I think JD said the ship regulations were not worth the hassle.  Like ... ... trying to bring a gun into Canada Read More

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  • L'Acadie Vineyards Vintage Cuvee 2014

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    Bruce Ewert (late of the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada) has done an incredible job here in the Gaspereau Valley of Nova Scotia (in the Bay of Fundy region); the wine - made from some local varieties (L'Acadie Blanc, Seyval) and Chardonnay exudes Brioche on the nose (though admittedly light) and fine toasty bread and cookie flavours... Read More

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  • @DMCKER I'm located in Calgary, Canada. Sadly not particularly wine country adjacent. Closest wine country would be the Okanagan, one province away. But Calgary has a fair number of independent wine retailers and wine bars etc. @Stephen HarveyThanks for the tip. I will definitely try to start there.  Read More

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  • EM-I hear ya! But my kids want to so we did. We still learned a few things we ... 1960s. Elizabeth Arden from Canada presented her products as emblems of an upper-class life of comfort. Helena Rubinstein, from Poland, "emphasized science", promising an "exotic look." That was "code for Jewish" according to Scott Frankel.[1]We then had dinner a... Read More

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  • Wine is booming in CHina5 years ago it was AUD25m per annum went through ... ... BrexitReasonable groeth in Canada and Nordics - rest of Europe tough due to ag subsiidies and people supporting their own country wine [as they should]CHina came of the boil for Iron ore in 2013-14 although some pick up late last year saw a peak in the price but i... Read More

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  • By the way, here is the article about ithttps://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/oct/12/canada-quebec-aperitif-tomato-wine Read More

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  • Enjoying this Austrian Gruner that the CFOs father brought us on his last trip ... trip ... one of those Air Canada tix, he's in Portland right now with his grandson, next stop New Zealand.  Not bad for an 88 year old. Hope to be doing the same when we get to be his age - go Tom g Read More

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  • Northern Lights Mirtillo Blueberry Wine NV

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    Normally not a fan of fruit wine, I found this blend of tame and wild blueberries quite exceptional; what struck me most was the similarity (sans a slight excess bitterness one expects from blueberry) to certain light country wines of Southern France and elsewhere with a Grenache panache on the nose (plus jujube). Entry is smooth, light and fin... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Norman Hardie Pinot Noir -Unfiltered 2009

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    A lovely expression of Pinot Noir - uniquely County. Pale cherry red color. Beautiful floral nose, ripe raspberry, cherry fruit and funky earthiness. Light to Mid-weight, smooth and sweet on the palate with hints of silky black cherries, plums, herb fruit and fine, spicy notes. Lingering pure fruit finish. Enjoy this wine on its own or with food... Read More

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  • does anyone know about jordan wines canada,,,I found a bottle dated 1932 from a demolition of a 102 year old church..

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  • Love Canadian wines, but you are missing one of my favorite wineries. Where is Painted Rock?

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  • Just an information update. I was interested in your description of the Canadian wine scene but found that it lacked a little in familiarity with our industry. I own Hinterbrook Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and am committed to producing nothing but the best table wines anywhere. Due to the influence of the Great Lakes our climatic zon...

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  • I live here and love it. I would have to say a treat for me is a bottle of Inskillin Vidal Ice wine and of course a hot blonde....my wife to enjoy it with.

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  • lUV IT...

    Comment by 661376P MCTAGGART 661376 P MCTAGGART


  • i visited a winery in sommerland bc canada can anyone help with name and location?

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  • Canada rocks! :D

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