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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Cave Spring Cellars

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

  • Peller Estates

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

  • EastDell Estates

    EastDell Estates is located on the Niagara West Wine Route, perched high atop the famous Beamsvil...

  • Closson Chase

    Closson Chase is a quality-driven producer that has spear headed the birth of the Prince Edwaer C...

  • Schonmarke

    Schönmarke Gold VQA Icewine is nature's precious gift of winter to wine lovers. It is produced in...

  • Ancient Coast Wines

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

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Ontario on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Northwest Wineries

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Tuscany and Piedmont

  • No wine isn't going away, but DV - you associate with a rare and ... in ... ... in Michigan and Ohio and Ontario, but they don't get the traction they need. People in CA or NY who drink wine don't think it's even possible to make good wine outside of France and Italy and CA, and there aren't enough locals to support really good wine. New York ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Northwest Wineries

  • It wasn't cold, but it was raining a lot. Everyone said it was really ... ... coast and midwest, and in Ontario. I was a little surprised to see it out here. They grow it out east because it's really winter hardy and also has high acidity. I actually think they should try it in more places as it can make some decent wine, but people seem reall... Read More

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  • Some wines.A Gruner Veltliner. Not bad. It would be interesting to see more of ... BC. Inniskillin is based in Ontario, where they're known for their ice wine. Out in BC, they make some very different wines. Sunrock was a specific site on the side of the mountain where the grapes seemed to be better than in some other places, so they spun off ... Read More

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  • 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


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

    Wine review by WineSplash

  • 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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