Ontario
  Sign In
Subscribe to our newsletter
Bookmark and Share  


Ontario, Canada’s land of sparkling waters, is the second largest province in the nation encompassing, 1.1 million sq. km. The province has a relationship with wine production dating back to the early 1800’s. For nearly two hundred years Ontario’s wine industry has grown and matured by stops-and-starts, never more rapidly than in the last decade or so. The province has three official Designated Viticultural Areas, or DVAs: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island. Together these three regions are responsible for 90% of the grape production. The majority of wineries are found in the southern extreme of the province, beginning in the east between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and running westward as far as Lake Huron. In this part of the province growers take advantage of the moderate climate that is enhanced by the Great Lakes, and fertile soils which have long been home to orchard crops. The resulting fruit is both mature and complex. While production is focused on VQA approved vinifera varietals, there are many wineries that continue to work with ecologically suitable hybrids such as Baco Noir and Marchel Foch. With an industry dedicated to continued improvemnets in quality standards, Ontario wine producers are at last making a mark on the global wine scene.

Current Feature

The multiple appellations of Washington will be tasted in a unique banquet dinner at this years Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Nuances of that regional diversity have been paired with the meal being prepared by Chef Dan Carr.  [>] continue


Appellation Features

[>] see all Ontario features (5)

Related Features


 

Alive & Well here


Baco Noir:
Abandoned by the French, you seem
to have found a home in some chilly
vineyards. Tannic
  [>] continue

Correspondent

Tony Aspler
is the Regional Correspondent for Ontario.

Recommendations

Quick Finds

Q: What are the most recognized grapes grown here?
Q: What wines are produced here?

The AppellationAmerica database identifies 192 wines labeled with the Ontario designation.

[>] see the complete Ontario Wine List.
Q: What wineries are based here ?
Q: What other wineries source fruit here ?
There are no other wineries that source fruit from this appellation
Q: What are the overlapping appellations ?

Search the Ontario Wine List

 
select wine style:
select grape:
 

Featured Wines

Vineland Estates Winery 2004 Select Late Harvest Vidal This 2004 SLH shows complex, highly aromatic notes of apricot, peach & pineapple. Full bodied and balanced, this wine displays a vibrant spicy finish.
buy wine


Vineland Estates Winery 2005 Vidal Icewine Preserved apricot and toasted caramel notes give this a beautiful rich golden icewine a well-balanced sweetness.
buy wine

Buy Ontario wines
directly from these wineries

Advertisement



Mumford Connect Web Design professional Canadian Website Design
    Help us improve travel information to your favorite region...



Winery Sponsors

Winery sponsors of Appellation America’s coverage of the Ontario appellation.