The two main wine producing provinces are British Columbia and Ontario. The Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) sets standards of production for this region. The most significant regulations state that wines must be 100 per cent grown in their designated viticultural area and have minimum sugar values set for specified grape varieties. To receive the VQA seal (VQA will appear on the bottle) the wines must be tested by both a lab and an independent panel to ensure their general quality and varietal integrity. Canada is well known around the world for the production of icewine.


Key Regions:
British Columbia: Okanagan Valley, Vancouver Island
Ontario: Niagara Peninsula

Wine Styles: Red, White, Rosé, Sparkling, Icewine

Key White Grapes: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Viognier

Key Red Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Pinot Noir