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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Sanson Estate Winery

    We have a very old unopened bottle of Gran Vino Sanson that was given to us 15 years ago.   ...

  • Ancient Coast Wines

    Many years ago, a massive inland sea, larger than the great lakes, covered most of Ontario. Over ...

  • Konzelmann Estate Winery

    The Konzelmann Estate Winery was established in 1984 on the shores of Lake ontario by the Konzelm...

  • Caroline Cellars Winery

    Caroline Cellars is one of the newest additions to the winery landscape of Niagara-on-the-Lake. ...

  • Colio Estate Wines

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

  • Cave Spring Cellars

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

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Ontario on Snooth

  • I am equally interested in these "new" regions.  Bottlings of ... ... was once very popular in Ontario, BC and New York State.  It is not Riesling, that is certain - being a cross of Riesling with Sylvaner (I think... I have not checked my ever failing memory), it is a bit flabbier than the produce of its parentage, but it is tasty and likes a... Read More

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  • I just may.  Consider attending, I mean.  La Stella makes some very ... ... device - mostly seen in Ontario and BC).  Our local VQA went out of business once a larger liquor mart moved into the small mall about a kilometre away from our current residence.I have attended Uncorked events in Port Coquitlam (not far away from us - we live in Coqu... Read More

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  • Ravine Sand and Gravel Chardonnay 2016

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    Pear, Tropical Fruit, Lemon Meringue Pie, caramel, and oak. Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Ravine Sand and Gravel Chardonnay 2016

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    Most people love Niagara Falls because it is such a magical place! There is ... fun and enjoy! http://www.vqaontario.ca/Wineries/NiagaraPeninsula WineSplashing Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Pillitteri Estates Winery Cabernet Franc Niagara-On-the-Lake Vqa NV

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    Too sharp on the tongue. Didn't care for it. Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Konzelmann Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2013

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    Tried at Grapefest. Not bad Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Konzelmann Estate Winery Red Moose Zweigelt NV

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    Fruity a touch of sweetness Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • STEPHEN HARVEY I'm always looking for new stuff to taste. Send me a ... our Liquor Control Board of Ontario [LCBO] does a very good job of not getting a varied selection of wines from around the world. Even though they (were at one time) the largest buyer of wines and spirits in the world. T Read More

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  • 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

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • Hi Dustin,These guys wouldn't get the Tom Cochrane email thing!  ... ... ... see if they can ship to Ontari Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi red wine lovers! Im...


  • 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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