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

  • Fielding Estate Winery

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

  • Angels Gate Winery

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

  • Cave Spring Cellars

    Great winemaking finds its origins through a marriage of vision, passion and patience. More than ...

  • Royal DeMaria Wines

    n 1998, Joseph DeMaria, having no previous winemaking experience, made his first icewine from a 5...

  • Joseph's Estate Wines

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

  • Milan Wineries

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

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  • I have a question for you New World Wine lovers out there:  what is the ... few (very, very few) BC and Ontario wines also fall into this category.  As for CA wine, there is so much of it from so many very different sub-climates that you can make no real generalizations.  However, I it is difficult to get bottle aged examples unless privy to p... Read More

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  • Yep, I think you got it.  If the wine has good Premier Cru perfume (and ... for the last 10 millenia. Ontario and New York State are also getting money from Europe and showing quite well in competitions.  And the UK?  Who knows?Here on Vancouver Island, we have only a tiny, overall production of all varieties combined.  But it seems that Germa... Read More

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  • Anyone see the latest Wine Spectator?Bruce Sanderson covered BC and Ontario. Not a big article, but a nod to Canada.For non-sweet wines, top marks in the Okanagan Valley went to Mission Hill for Oculus (93) and for Quatrain (92), to Martin's Lane Pinot Noir Simes Vineyard, (92) to Burrowing Owl Cab Sauv, (92) and to Checkmate Fool's Mate (91).In... Read More

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  • A fan of strong drink, eh DV (well, maybe not, given your upbringing and ... ... or (say) Oregon and possibly Ontario or BC, it is truly a magnificent experience with velvety mouth feel, balance and poetically nuanced flavour.  Since Burgundian wines have become so expensive over the past 30-40 years, I have drunk less and less PN until the ri... Read More

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  • There will be a gradual increase in volume - depending on the course of climate ... our small production in BC (Ontario produces much more than we, about 70% of the total vineyard area, while we out west may account for 25%) will never surpass 10,000 hectares (currently around 4200).  I have yet to see anything about the upper limits of land su... Read More

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  • Yep. Road 13. We spent a lot of time there with the wine maker. He stayed late ... may be on to something about Ontario. I never equated it with wine, but they do a lot there.And tobacc Read More

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  • BTW, those wines are also worth comparing to certain French wines depending on ... ... than Washington, Idaho, Ontario, up-state New York and other similar locations, comparisons with US wine does not seem to work well (heat unit issue, mostly).I'd be interested in a review of these wines mentioned above as well. Read More

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  • And believe it or not, there is wine in south England - the Kentish Downs in ... New England, the US Midwest, Ontario and British Columbia.  Try some bubbly if you ever get there... French Champagne houses are pouring money into certain operations in preparation for the (yes, it is happening!) climate change.As for bicycling, when I lived ther... Read More

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  • Your analysis of the regions of Ontario seems to ignore that there are sub-appellations within the Niagara Peninsula which was done to recognize the differences in soil and weather conditions affecting the attributes of the grapes grown in the respective sub-appellations. Further, although the Ontario wine industry is relatively young compared t...

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  • Cave Spring's CSV Riesling is released on the 18th of this month! Get some while you can!

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  • Our ice wines found in Niagara on the Lake are absolutely amazing.

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  • What's your favourite Ontario wine subregion? My last trip found a picturesque and delicious horseshoe on Beamsville Bench, Niagara. Fielding Estates specializes in aromatic whites - great selection of excellent wines. Also tried Hidden Bench, very classy, they email you the tasting notes for the wines you purchased when you return home. Will be...

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