Wineries in Canada
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Canada has been making wine for over 2 centuries now and the wine industry has been expanding rapidly for the last couple of decades. Canada has been challenging worldwide producers and establishing Canada as a wine country beyond Icewine.
At first, wine was brought into Canada with the first settlers. The first wineries were predominantly established by Italian and German immigrants. Today, Canada has over 400 wineries in 9 provinces and the industry has been consistently growing for the last two decades. In 2002/2003 alone, sales of Canadian red wine rose over 15% the previous years. We are here to provide you with all the information about wine, wineries, vineyards and much more. We are here to help you to choose wine that suits your taste. Click here to see Canadian Wineries that start with: Canadian wines and hundred's of wineries will be brought to You and Your convenience. We also offer information on : Winemakers, the technology and process of winemaking, winemaker's calendar, classification of wines, delicate balance (matching wine with food), art of wine tasting and much more.
In the center of Canada there is a center of Canadian economic activity; Alberta. High climactic variability doesn’t allow a lot of wine production as winters are harsh and long, while summers are short. However, there is small number of winemakers overcoming their locational boundaries and creating high quality products only possible in Canada.
Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and going up to the Rockies, British Columbia has a great deal of climactic variability, yet its coastal-southern regions provide relatively stable weather much needed for growing red grapes. In addition, they have exceptional soil content much referred to being a part of the Terrior French microclimate conditions. This derives a very unique taste that is so important to winemakers. There are five main winemaking regions in British Columbia: The Fraser Valley, Similkameen Valley, Okanagan Valley, Naramata Bench, Vancouver Island
Manitoba is the easternmost part of the three Prairie Provinces. Warm sunny summers and cold winters on this relatively flat geographic area all create conditions favoring agriculture. Unfortunately, due to cold winters, winemaking in this province is extremely limited but this doesn’t mean it does not exist. Products from the Rigby Orchards Estate winery has been recently acknowledged in the top five new prairie products, which creates hope for future generations of winemakers in Canada and in Manitoba.
New Brunswick, the largest of Canada's three Maritime Provinces, is nestled under Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula and beside the State of Maine. Warm climate due to the provinces’ coastal geography, provide good enough conditions to produce wine of the highest quality. New Brunswick houses one of Canada’s largest exclusive fruit wineries, "Rodrigues Markland Cottage".
Newfoundlandand Labrador is located on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the larger portion of Labrador is on the eastern part of the Canadian mainland. Mild climate and the mid latitude location provides excellent conditions for growing grapes and wine production. In 2003 alone, Newfoundland and Labrador exported almost $150,000 worth of grape wine and varieties of other fruit wine produced in the province. Discover the newly developing wine region of Newfoundland and Labrador. All wineries are located on the island and they specialize in fruit wine even though there is some grape wine production on the rise.
Nova Scotia is located on the eastern Canadian seacoast dipping below the 45th parallel. This has proven to be more than good enough to produce award winning Icewines. With over two dozen grape growers around the province (mostly on the west side of Annapolis Valley) you will be able to taste a wide variety of wines. The characteristic Canadian climate of Nova Scotia combined with sandy soils produce that distinctively Canadian taste of ice and fruit wines which many people around the world enjoy.
Ontario is the largest Canadian province bounded by the Hudson Bay in the North, by the Great Lakes in the south and by the St. Lawrence River in the East. Its land varies with a variety rock formations, small trees and cooler weather in the North to warmer and denser forests in the south with more fertile lands. These conditions allow growing orchards and vineyards to produce grapes of exceptional quality and distinctive taste. Ontario consists of five major growing areas listed below, accompanied by some smaller producers that do not belong to those geographical regions. These 5 main winemaking regions (along with smaller producers listed in other section) are: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore, North Pelee Island, Prince Edward County, Toronto and other regions.
Wine production in Quebec has a relatively short history, yet it has already been proven successful by claiming international prizes in international competitions. Located North East of Ontario and bordering with the United States climate, Quebec has a cooler temperature which adds on constraints to the winemakers there. Regardless of these adversities, winemakers here have learned how to deal with the harsh climate and managed to stay on top of their industry. Most wineries are located south of Montreal close to the border of the United States. There are 3 winemaking regions in Quebec: Montréal, Montérégie, Eastern Townships.