About Canadian Wine

About Canadian Wine
Canada, is a unique country regarding the subject of wine. While producing some exceptional offerings - especially Ice Wine - wine is not as appreciated in Canada as it is in most other wine-producing nations.

Arguably the finest districts for wine in Canada are the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Peninsula in British Columbia. The former is home to a wide variety of wine styles, be they spicy reds such as Cabernet Franc or Merlot or a dazzling dessert specialty, such as Ice Wine. There are also numerous styles of wines that originate in Okanagan, notably Merlot, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, which work beautifully in this cool climate. Ice wines are also made in this district as well.

Regrettably, Canadians seem to have an inferiority complex when it comes to their country's wines, as Canadian wines make up just less than 50% of sales in Canada. Wine is also not as popular as beer or spirits, though wine consumption in Canada is slowly on the rise.

Top Picks for Canada

Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series Rosé Niagara Peninsula VQA
95 points
$13
Best Buy
Well done Niagara, this Rosé is going to give France a run for their money.
Awards: 2022 World Wine Championships - Best Value Canadian Rose
95 points $13 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
95 points
$10
Best Buy
A supple and satisfyingly fresh Sauvignon Blanc sipper with excellent varietal character.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Merlot
95 points
$10
Best Buy
A rich, oak-forward Merlot with bright fruit and grippy tannins that is a real pleasure to savor.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Rosé Niagara Peninsula VQA
94 points
$9
Best Buy
Fruity yet savory, this is an easy enough to drink every day Rosé, but also complex enough to bring to dinner.
Awards: Exceptional Value
94 points $9 Best Buy
Good Natured 2020 Balanced Red Blend Niagara Peninsula VQA
94 points
$10
Best Buy
A lovely, well-balanced lightly smoky, meaty red for grilling and chilling.
Awards: 2022 Best Other Canadian Red
94 points $10 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot Niagara Peninsula VQA
94 points
$10
Best Buy
A delightful, oak-accented red blend tailor-made for a meaty meal.
94 points $10 Best Buy
Wayne Gretzky 2021 Founders Series Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$12
Best Buy
A delightful cool climate expression of Sauvignon Blanc that is one of the best examples of any wine coming out of Canada.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Canadian Sauvignon Blanc
93 points $12 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Double Noir Red Blend Ontario
92 points
$9
Best Buy
A Canadian red that can give Beaujolais some competition; winning.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $10 and Under' Best Value Canadian Red Blend
92 points $9 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$9
Best Buy
A classic profile for Cabernet Sauvignon with a delicate oak touch.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $10 and Under' Best Value Canadian Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points $9 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Riesling
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Light and easy drinking, this primary Riesling would make for a good aperitif wine.
Awards: 2022 World Wine Championships - Best Value Canadian Riesling
92 points $14 Best Buy