British Columbia may be divided into four main wine producing regions; Vancouver Island, The Fraser Valley, The Similkameen and The Okanagan. 1998 is predicted to be a particularly good year for the region, as the summer was particularly long and warm, including a mild and dry spring and autumn.
Vancouver island provides an ideal microclimate in its Cowichin Valley. The main vineyards include Cherry Point, Venturi-Sculze, Blue Grouse and Vigneti Zanatta.
Situated in the south west, not far from Vancouver. The most prominent producer is Andres Wines, bottling under the Peller Estates and Bighorn labels.
British Columbia's Southern Interior, is home to one of the most beautiful valleys in
the World. Nestled between the Coastal and Columbian Mountain Ranges lies Lake
Okanagan. To the immediate South are three smaller lakes; Skaha, Vaseux, and 20 Tuc El Nuit.
Through this area runs the Similkameen River, therefore the name for this
wine region. The main vineyards are Blue Mountain, Burrowing Owl, Crowsnest, Gehringer Brothers Estate, Golden Mile, Okanagan, Tinhorn, Vincor International and Hester Creek.
Formerly known more for fruit orchards, the Okanagan Valley is now gaining a good reputation for vineyards. These include Bella Vista Vineyard, Calona Wines, CedarCreek Estates, Grey Monk Estate, Hainle Vineyards Estate, Hillside Estate, Quails' Gate Vineyard.
Ontario, a province of over 1 million sq. km extends from the Hudson Bay in the north to the St. Lawrence River in the south. Most grapes are grown around lakes Ontario, Erie and Huron. The moderate climate and good soils allow high quality wines to be produced. The region may be divided into three distinct regions - Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie and Pelee Island.
Between The Cities of Hamilton and Niagara Falls , and along the South shores of Lake Ontario runs the
Niagara Peninsula. A fertile micro-climate where the majority of Ontario vineyards can be found. To the East
lies the majestic town of Niagara-on-the- Lake. To the West the quaint town of Grimsby, and in the heart of
the region lies Jorden Village. Principle vineyards include Chateau des Charmes, De Sousa Wine Cellars, Hillebrand Estates, Jackson-Triggs Vinters, Magnotta, Pellar Estates Winery.
Just south of the tip of Lake Huron lies Lake St. Clair and the city of Detroit. South of Lake St. Clair between
it and Lake Erie lies a strip of land belonging to Ontario. Here is where we find vineyards of the Lake Erie
North Shore. The main vineyards are Cilento Wines, Colio Estate Wines, D'Angelo Estate Winery, Magnotta Vineyards, and SouthBrook Winery.
Their vineyards are on an island located in Lake Erie, which would make it Canada's most southern winery, with over 500 acres of vines.
The first licenses to operate vineyards were issued in Québec in the mid-1980s. Today, the
five original winegrowers, including l'Orpailleur, are joined by a dozen others. In one recent
year, Québec vintners sold 250,000 bottles of their hardy wines. With a production last year
of 70,000 bottles, l'Orpailleur is far and away the market leader. At a 1992 international
competition held in Montreal, the vineyard was awarded a bronze medal for dry white wine,
a first for any Québec wine.
"L'orpailleur" means "the gold-panner" and in Québec, where Arctic-like winters can
bring bone-chilling temperatures as low as -30C along with several feet of snow, any effort
to grow wine grapes commercially seems as unlikely to produce results as sifting dirt for
riches. Despite the risks, "les vignerons québecois" have learned how to fend off the cold and
produce attractive table wines.
Nova Scotia, a Peninsula on Canada's East Coast bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the
Bay of Funday. The southern tip of Nova Scotia dips below the 49th. parallel. It's on the west
side in the Annapolis Valley that grapes are grown.
The colder Canadian climate tends to lead growers towards producing Icewine.