Canadian Wineries to Visit in B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia

Try some of the country's best wines in the Okanagan, Niagara, the Annapolis Valley, Prince Edward County and on Vancouver Island.
 

Tawse Winery

Canada has more than 600 wineries located in well-established and emerging regions from coast to coast, and they’re making a juicy, international splash.

“Canada is a cool-climate wine-producing country, and cool-climate wines are hot right now. Our small-lot and high-quality production has put us on the map,” says Janet Dorozynski, the trade commissioner in charge of Canadian wine, beer and spirits and tourism at Global Affairs Canada.

“It’s an exciting time for the Canadian wine industry, and wine tourism creates an experiential link to our food, to our evolving culinary traditions and to our wine regions,” says Dorozynski.

Here are five wineries in beautiful settings to consider visiting. 

Venturi-Schulze Vineyards, Vancouver Island, B.C.

This is a must-visit for wine-loving travellers owing to its quality organic wines and its location—less than an hour from Victoria. You’ll find a range of wines made without the use of pesticides and herbicides (try the Pinot Noir 2014), a spacious tasting room and even balsamic vinegars crafted on-site in aging barrels, some of which were custom-made in Italy.

TIME Winery, Okanagan Valley, B.C.

South Okanagan’s first urban winery is located in downtown Penticton and scheduled to open this summer. It’s owned by winemaker Harry McWatters, who helped create Vintners Quality Alliance, which regulates Canada’s wine industry. The winery’s 2014 Cabernet Franc is fruity with hints of pepper and is crafted from vines originally planted in 1993.

Avondale Sky Winery, Annapolis Valley, N.S.

With just 11 wineries, this Maritime province is acclaimed for its sparkling wines. Also try the crisp, aromatic Tidal Bay whites. The region’s first official appellation, its labels aim to reflect the freshness of the seacoast environment. Housed in an old church, Avondale Sky Winery offers the 2016 Tidal Bay, with melon, citrus and lavendar notes.

Tawse Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ont.

Canada’s Niagara Peninsula claims the title of the largest planted viticultural area in the nation and is home to more than 90 wineries. Try a yoga and wine tour, take a bike tour of the vineyards or book a bus tour so you can sip and relax. A must-visit is Tawse Winery, with its multi-award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Casa-Dea Estates Winery, Prince Edward County, Ont.

Located about a two-hour drive from Toronto, Prince Edward County’s more than 35 wineries are complemented by antique stores and farmers’ markets. Established in 2000, Casa-Dea Estates Winery is one of the region’s pioneer wineries and features a tasting bar (try the Embrace sparkling Riesling), a restaurant serving Italian-inspired fare and a guesthouse with vineyard views.

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