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Ruth Blakely
June 24, 2019 | Ruth Blakely

Canadian Wine – Big Business and Big Wine!

The Canadian Wine industry estimates it’s worth 9 billion dollars a year.  A person could wonder why it seems slow to gain respect in some quarters.

When people from outside of Canada think of Canadian wine they will invariably think of Ice Wine.  That’s fair; we make some of the best ice wine in the world.  Canadian Ice Wine wins gold medals at international competitions on a regular basis.  It’s rich, sweet and delicious.

The Canadian wine scene though has SO much more to offer.

Gorgeous fresh sparkling wine comes from Nova Scotia – Benjamin Bridge has helped to put the area on the map.  

Ontario has three distinct wine regions – Niagara, which most Canadians are aware of, Prince Edward County which is producing some lovely wine and Lake Erie North Shore.  

Here at Everything Wine we are proud of our selection from our neighbours in British Columbia.  From fresh and fun Pinot Grigio to deep dark and delicious Rhone or Bordeaux style reds; the wines produced are as diverse as the province from which they hail.  

Even within the Okanagan Valley the wines reflect their region.  Crisp whites often hail from north of Kelowna.  Whether it’s a well-known established winery such as Gray Monk or one of the ‘newer’ producers like Ex Nihilo, the wines are a reflection of their beautiful surroundings.
Just south of Kelowna the big guns of Quail’s Gate and Mission Hill have spent years earning their reputations. Smaller wineries dot the entire wine route.

On the east side of the lake,  Naramata is a hot spot for visitors and for terrific wines thanks to good soil, great exposures and a microclimate that has allowed Nichol Vineyards, Bella Wines and many others to produce surprising wines from the region.

As Highway 97 winds further south past Okanagan Falls to Oliver and Osoyoos, hot summer days allow the grapes to ripen fully.  There you’ll find big bold wines from places such as Burrowing Owl, Nk’Mip and Osoyoos Larose

The Similkameen (just west of the Okanagan) is getting a lot well deserved attention and even Vancouver Island is getting into the act with wines from the Cowichan Valley.

Canadian wine is as diverse as the topography and climate from which it comes.  If you have not tried any in a while – give it a chance.  You’ll likely find a pleasant surprise in one of those bottles.


Time Posted: Jun 24, 2019 at 10:51 AM
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