7 Canadian Wineries We Love

What to sip from these lesser known wineries 


 

Living Sky Winery, Perdue, Saskatchewan

This fruit winery makes table wines, dessert/port-style wines as well as ciders. Everything here is made from locally produced fruit, most of which the owners grow themselves. Try the Romeo port-style cherry wine for a unique, and delicious, accompaniment to dessert.

Vineland Estates, Vineland, Ontario

There are so many great wineries in Niagara’s wine region but we always make a point of stopping into Vineland Estates. Stake out a spot on the sunny patio, then order a glass of Vineland’s Riesling and the charcuterie platter.

Benjamin Bridge, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley is starting to draw international attention for its wines, specifically its sparklings. All of the wines at Benjamin Bridge are fantastic but we really love the sparkling 2009 Brut.

Field Stone Fruit Wines, Strathmore, Alberta

Field Stone is Alberta’s first cottage winery—a term coined when the provincial government granted licences to fruit growers to manufacture and sell fruit wine. Field Stone also makes ice wines but we love mixing its fruit wines with other ingredients to make cocktails and sangrias. Try the Raspberry Fruit Wine, which is medium-dry and slightly tart.

Meadow Vista Honey Wines, Kelowna, British Columbia

The Okanagan has been producing amazing, award-winning traditional wines for years but there are also some unusual wineries popping up. We’re particularly fond of Meadow Vista, a meadery in Kelowna that makes handcrafted honey wines on a small family-run farm. Meadow Vista’s sparkling varieties, like Bliss (made from Okanagan cherries), are our favourites.

Sperling Vineyards, Kelowna, British Columbia

Winemaking is truly part of Ann Sperling’s family legacy and she has been making wine for 25 years at her family’s vineyard. There are plantings on the vineyard that date back 45 years. Try the Pinot Noir Rose 2013—the perfect summer sipper.

Auk Island Winery, Twillingate, Newfoundland

Newfoundland seems like an odd spot for a winery but Auk Island Winery has been producing quality fruit wines for more than 15 years. We like the Bakeapple Iceberg wine—bakeapple, wild berries grown in marshy areas of Newfoundland, are blended with iceberg water to create this tasty ice wine.

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