Going local

Charting the Canadian wine landscape.

Old world wines display classic elegance. France has Burgundy, Riesling rules along the Rhine River and in Tuscany, Chianti claims a sacred place alongside pasta. New World vintners, however, focus on fruit.

We chart the Canadian wine landscape in four provinces with optimal growing conditions, whose wines bring colour and class to your glass.

A Centrepiece Divided — Ontario's Grape Success

Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc thrive in Ontario's three wine-growing regions: Lake Erie North Shore, Niagara Peninsula and Prince Edward County.

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Crowned Canadian Winery of the Year by Wine Access magazine in 2012, Tawse Winery won nine gold medals for wines including the 2010 Carly's Block Riesling and 2010 David's Block Cabernet Franc.

Tawse Winery Chardonnay

BC by the Bottle

Five wine regions — Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Fraser Valley, Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley — cultivate popular grape varieties such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Mission Hill Family Estate took the title of Canadian Winery of the Year at the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada in 2013, winning platinum for the 2011 Reserve Riesling and 2009 Compendium, and gold for the 2010 Perpetua, 2011 Reserve Chardonnay and 2011 Reserve Riesling Icewine.

Quebec's Cool Climate Varietals

More than 60 wineries produce cool climate grapes such as Vidal and Seyval Blanc and more exotic types such as Maréchal Foch and Frontenac.

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Located on the border of the Montérégie and the Eastern Townships, l'Orpailleur first planted vines in 1982 on the site of an old inn. In 2012, it received a gold medal for its 2011 white wine at the Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2012. Wine styles include white, rosé, sparkling, fortified white wine and icewine.

Nova Scotia's Ocean Influence

Seven wine regions successfully grow varietals suited for a coastal climate, such as Lucie Kuhlmann, Baco Noir, Maréchal Foch and Leon Millot.

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Best known for stellar Rieslings, Gaspereau Vineyards boutique winery rests in the Gaspereau Valley near Wolfville, NS. Also impressive are the L'Acadie Blanc, Muscat and Pinot Noir, Castel, Lucie Kuhlmann and Vitis, a red blend.