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Canada's Wine Regions

From sea to shiny sea Canada extends more than 7,821 km (4,860 mi.) from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. From the Island of Newfoundland to Vancouver Island on the West Coast of British Columbia. A land known for it's harsh winters has made a name for itself in the wine industry. Canada is a vast land with magnificent mountain ranges and large fresh water lakes. In Canada numerous microclimates produced by the Mountain ranges and bodies of water have provided some of the world's best areas for growing grapes fertile soil, little rain and warm sunny days resulting in quality wines.

The early adventures into growing grapes in Canada was a difficult one. However perseverance has led to success by applying modern viticulture practices and proper selection of grape species, even vinifera could indeed, be grown successfully thus stretching the once confined microclimate regions even farther. Quebec being an excellent example of this.

The most recognized areas for producing wines in Canada are southern Ontario around the Great Lakes area most notably the Niagara Peninsula and the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Other main regions in Ontario are The Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County

In British columbia you have the Naramata Bench, Similkameen Valley,Vancouver Island, Kootenay's and the rapidly developing area of the Okanagan Thompson River Valley

Quebec has five main regions of note. Montérégie, Eastern Townships Wineries Les Cantons de l'Est , Lower Laurentials Wineries - Basses Laurential,Laurentials Wineries and Quebec City.

Nova Scotia has five main growing regions.; with Annapolis Valley been the best known. Malagash Peninsula, LaHave River Valley and Bear river Valley round out the regions

It could be said there five main factors required for producing fine wine. Geographic position, soil type and conditions, weather (sun, rain, heat) quality of the grapes and vinification.

 

Ontario Regions


VITICULTURAL AREAS

Region

boundries

Pelee Island

The land within the geographical limits of Pelee Island, bounded by the waters of Lake Erie

Lake Erie North Shore

The land within the political boundaries of Essex, Kent and Elgin counties, except the part of Kent County lying to the north of the Thames River

Niagara Peninsula

The land bounded by Lake Ontario on the north, the Niagara River on the east, the Welland River on the south and Highway 56 and 20 on the west

Niagara-on-the-Lake

All the lands within the Niagara River, Niagara Lakeshore, Four Mile Creek and St. David’s Bench sub-viticultural areas described in this Table

Niagara River

The land within the following boundaries:

North: John Street between Concession 1 Road (Railroad Street) and the Niagara River

South: Dee Road between Concession 1 Road and the Niagara River

East: The Niagara River

West: Concession 1 Road

Niagara Lakeshore

The land within the following boundaries:

North: Lake Ontario

South: Scott Street, Niagara Town Line Road, Line 1 Road

East: Niagara River, John Street West, Concession 1 Road

West: Welland Canal

Four Mile Creek

The land within the following boundaries:

North: Scott Street, Niagara Town Line Road, Line 1 Road

South: Beginning at the intersection of Irvine Road and Queenston Road, east on Queenston Road to Martin Road, east on Martin Road to Townline Road, north on Townline Road to the northwest corner of Lot 179 (Concession 7) and east along the northern boundaries of Lot 179 (Concession 7), Lot 144 (Concession 6), Lot 133 (Concession 5) to Concession 5 Road, south on Concession 5 Road to Line 9 road allowance and Line 9, east on Line 9 to Concession 1 Road (Railroad Street).

East: Concession 1 Road

West: York Road, Welland Canal

St. David’s Bench

The land within the following boundaries:

North: Beginning at the intersection of Irvine Road and Queenston Road, east on Queenston Road to Martin Road, east on Martin Road to Townline Road, north on Townline Road to the northwest corner of Lot 179 (Concession 7) and east along the northern boundaries of Lot 179 (Concession 7), Lot 144 (Concession 6), Lot 133 (Concession 5) to Concession 5 Road, south on Concession 5 Road to Line 9 road allowance and Line 9, east on Line 9 to Concession 1 Road (Railroad Street), south on Concession 1 road allowance to Dee Road and east on Dee Road to the Niagara River

South: Beginning at intersection of Beechwood Road and CN railway tracks continue east along CN railway tracks to St. Paul Avenue, north on St. Paul Avenue (St. David’s Road) to Townline Road, east on Townline Road to the western boundary of the Escarpment Natural Area (ENA), continuing north and then northeast along ENA boundary to York Road, east on York Road to the Niagara River

East: Niagara River

West: Beechwood Road continuing north as Taylor Road and across the QEW to meet Queenston Road.

Niagara Escarpment

All the lands within the Beamsville Bench, Twenty Mile Bench and Short Hills Bench sub-viticultural areas described in this Table

Beamsville Bench

The land within the following boundaries:

North: Regional Road 81

South: Northern boundary of the ENA

East: Beginning at Tintern Road and northern boundary of ENA, continuing northeast along northern boundary of ENA to intersection with Regional Road 81

West: Park Road

Twenty Mile Bench

The land within the following boundaries:

North: Regional Road 81

South: Beginning at Tintern Road and northwest corner of the Niagara Escarpment Mineral Extraction Zone (NEMEZ) east along northern boundary of NEMEZ to Victoria Avenue, south on Victoria Avenue to Sixth Avenue and east on Sixth Avenue to Twenty Mile Creek. Continue east on Sixth Avenue to Twenty-First Street, south on Twenty-First Street to 7th Avenue, east on 7th Avenue to the northwest corner of the Louth Conservation Area, follow northern boundary of Louth Conservation Area east to the northern boundary of ENA, east along northern boundary of ENA to Fifteen Mile Creek

East: Fifteen Mile Creek

West: Beginning at Tintern Road and northern boundary of ENA, continuing northeast along northern boundary of ENA to intersection with Regional Road 81

Short Hills Bench

The land within the following boundaries:

North: Regional Road 81

South: Beginning at 15 Mile Creek and Pelham Road, east on Pelham Road to northern boundary of ENA, east along northern boundary of ENA to municipal boundary between Towns of Lincoln and Pelham, continuing east on municipal boundary to Lot 4 (Concession 1), south on eastern boundary of Lot 4 to northern boundary of Short Hills Provincial Park and east along northern boundary of Short Hills Provincial Park to Twelve Mile Creek

East: Twelve Mile Creek and Short Hills Provincial Park

West: Fifteen Mile Creek.

Lincoln Lakeshore

The land within the following boundaries:

North: Lake Ontario

South: Regional Road 81 between Twenty Mile Creek and Park Road, then south along Park Road, then west along the northern boundary of the ENA between Park Road and Winona Road

East: Twenty Mile Creek and Jordan Harbour

West: Winona Road

Creek Shores

The land within the following boundaries:

North: Lake Ontario

South: Regional Road 81

East: Twelve Mile Creek

West: Twenty Mile Creek, Jordan Harbour

Vinemount Ridge

The land within the following boundaries:

North: Beginning at the northern boundary of ENA and Centennial Parkway, east along the northern boundary of ENA to Tintern Road, south on Tintern Road to the northwest corner of the NEMEZ, east along northern boundary of NEMEZ to Victoria Avenue, south on Victoria Avenue to Sixth Avenue and east on Sixth Avenue to Twenty Mile Creek. Continue east on Sixth Avenue to Twenty-First Street, south on Twenty-First Street to 7th Avenue, east along 7th Avenue to the northwest corner of the Louth Conservation Area, follow northern boundary of Louth Conservation Area east to the northern boundary of ENA, east along ENA to Fifteen Mile Creek, south along Fifteen Mile Creek to Pelham Road, east on Pelham Road to north boundary of ENA, east along northern boundary of ENA to municipal boundary between Towns of Lincoln and Pelham, continuing east on municipal boundary to Lot 4 (Concession 1), south along the eastern boundary to Lot 4 to Short Hills Provincial Park.

South: Beginning at the southern boundary of ENA and Green Mountain Road, east on Green Mountain Road, north along 11th Road East, east on Powerline Road, then Kemp Road, south on Thirty Road to Twenty Mile Creek, east along Twenty Mile Creek to Victoria Avenue, south on Victoria Avenue to Kilman Road, east on Kilman Road to Twelve Mile Creek, and northeast along Twelve Mile Creek

East: Beginning at Twelve Mile Creek and the western boundary of Short Hills Provincial Park, continue north on west boundary of park to east boundary of Lot 4 (Concession 1)

West: Centennial Parkway

Prince Edward County

The land within the political boundaries of Prince Edward County and Amherst Island and all lands within the following boundaries:

 

North: Highway 2

 

West: Highway 30 and County Road 66 in Northumberland County

 

South: The northern border with Prince Edward County

 

East: County Roads 21, 8 and 41 in Lennox and Addington County

O. Reg. 590/05, s. 2; O. Reg. 220/07, s. 2; O. Reg. 278/08, s. 2.

For additional information please see below

The Wineries of

Alberta

British Columbia

Fraser Valley
Golden Mile
Gulf Islands
Naramata Bench
Okanagan
Off the Beaten Path
Similkameen Valley

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia


Avon River Valley
Bear River
Gaspereau Valley
LaHave River Valley
Malagash Peninsula
The Annapolis Valley

See regional map

Ontario

Lake Erie North Shore
Niagara Peninsula
Off the Beaten Path
Pelee Island
Prince Edward County
Toronto
South Georgian Bay
South Coast

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Basses Laurentials
Laurential
Montérégie
Quebec City
The Eastern Townships

Maps of Quebec

Saskatchewan

See Maps

For Grape Varietial of Canada's wine growning provinces please click here

 

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