Key Dates & Statistics

Let’s get down to the numbers

Travel Back in Time

Discover the first milestones of Canada’s remarkable wine industry.

  • First commercial vineyard opens

    Cooksville, Ontario

  • Vin Villa, Canada’s first estate winery, opens

    Pelee Island, Ontario

  • Prohibition sweeps across Canada
  • Calona Wines, the first winery in British Columbia, opens

    Kelowna, British Columbia

  • First commercial vineyard in Nova Scotia is planted

    Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

  • Development of the VQA appellation system

    Ontario and British Columbia

  • Inniskillin becomes first Canadian winery to win a major international award in Bordeaux, putting an international spotlight on Canadian Icewine

    Grand Prix d’Honneur (Inniskillin 1989 Vidal Icewine)

  • First economic impact study of Canada’s wine industry commissioned


Wineries in Canada


Grape growers


Annual winery tourists


National vineyard acreage

Production and sales statistics are available from the Canadian Vintners Association

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Notes of "cool pear, lemon pith and verbena-led acidity" says @TheSpitter of @Haywirewine's Pinot Gris 2016…
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- 5 days ago

Growing conditions in Prince Edward County mean Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are their staple grape varieties. #ONwine…
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- 7 days ago

Have you explored #PECwine? So many wineries to explore inc. @waupooswine @grangewinery & @TrailEstateWine
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- 10 days ago

Sommeliers, wine professionals and Masters of Wine visit #Okanagan - #VernonBC news- @winebcdotcom #BCwine
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- 10 days ago

.@myvancity profiles @Quails_Gate, a third generation, family-farming winery producing #BCVQA #wine #BCwine
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- 11 days ago

.@TheSpitter's B.C. wine of the week is Osoyoos Larose 2014, a red Merlot blend w/ a youthful palate of cherries &…
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- 12 days ago

RT @TheBuyer11: Behind the scenes at recent #JudgmentofBC as British Columbia wines go up against the world with @Christina_SvR https://t.c
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- 26 days ago

Five new-to-Nova-Scotia grape varieties inc. Gamay & Frontenac Blanc @unwinedwmoira @TwitCoast
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Canada’s wine regions are primarily located between 41° and 50° North, similiar to many acclaimed wine regions in the world. Each distinct wine region has its own unique mesoclimate, soil ecology and topography, where vineyards thrive in soils rich in glacial deposits, benefiting from the moderating effects of nearby bodies of water.

Canadian winemakers embrace and celebrate this regional diversity, striving to express the best qualities of their appellation in each bottle. Pride of place and attention to detail is evident throughout the country’s wineries, showing why Canada’s cool climate wines are amongst the best in the world.


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