There's more to Canadian Wines than Icewine

by Heidi Chan

Canada is a land known for its long freezing winter that has made some harsh conditions for viticulture. Surviving the challenging environment, be it too cold, too windy in most of the grape-growing areas of Canada has been an issue winemakers all struggle with. However, such perseverance has led to recent success by applying proper selection of grape species and sensible viticulture practices over the last twenty years. Best example being the famed Icewine, what truly brings Canadian wines to the international stage with fruit and concentrations, thanks to the long growing season and extended daylight exposure corresponding to the high-latitude climate where it is located.

Major Grapes in Canada:

According to publicly available information, results from acreage surveys show that there are 60 different types of varietals ever planted across Canada. These are the types of fruits that thrive in cooler climate and make fine country wines too, notably:

White Wines: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurtraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Viognier.

Red Whites: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz/Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Gamay Noir

Many of these are relatively unknown internationally due in part to the fact that the majority of Canadian wines are consumed domestically, and many of the exported items are made with the better-known varietals.

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