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Grape Varieties
of Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador is located on the eastern edge of North America . Newfound it self is an Island Labrador sits on the coast with Quebec on its wester boundry. The northern entrance from the Atlantic ocan seperates the island from Labrador. Only the Island grows fruit producing wines.

Rodrigues Markland Cottage Winery the best know Island winery makes only fruit wines.
They also make certified Kosher fruit wines.

Auk Island Winery is a fruit wine producer but does add Shiraz and Chardonnay to some blends. They also produce three grape wines chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark Cove Cottage winery in Gambo is located in central eastern Newfoundland. They have tested over 45 varities in the vineyard. The vineyard has 1,800 vines including Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Frontenac and Delisle.


Cabernet Sauvignon

is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc . From France , the grape spread across Europe and to the New World where it found new homes in places like California's Napa Valley , Australia's Coonawarra region Chile's Maipo Valley and British Columbia's Okanagan.

Despite its prominence in the industry, the grape is a relatively new variety, the product of a chance crossing between Cabernet franc and Sauvignon blanc during the 17th century in southwestern France . Its popularity is often attributed to its ease of cultivation—the grapes have thick skins and the vines are hardy and resistant to rot and frost —and to its consistent presentation of structure and flavours which express the typical character (" typicity ") of the variety.

Auk Island Winery produces some good blends with Cabernet Sauvignon



grape is green-skinned and is believed to have originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown all over the world wherever wine is produced. It is a relatively “low-maintenance” vine that adapts well to a variety of climates, resulting in fairly high yields worldwide In Canada they are best grown in British Columbia and Ontario. Chardonnay has also been grown in Nova Scotia.

Chardonnay's boast an impressive range of flavors from the expected buttered, oak overtones to the fresh, fruit flavors of apple, pear, tropical, citrus and melon, leaving a lasting palate impression.

Auk Island Winery



Bears good crops of white grapes that become rose coloured when mature. Good choice for the making of an excellent fruity wine. Very early, very hardy for the colder regions

Grown in Newfoundland and Quebec

Dark Cove Cottage winery is a grower


Frontenac gris


is a French-American hybrid grapevine that is a result of research and cross-breeding by the University of Minnesota . It was grown from a crossing of the complex interspecific hybrid Landot 4511 and a very cold hardy selection of Vitis riparia . It was released in 1996.

Frontenac gris is a white wine version of Frontenac, introduced in 2003. It started as a single bud mutation of Frontenac, yielding gray (thus named gris) fruit and amber-colored juice. Frontenac blanc will be introduced in 2012 from white fruited mutations found in both Fronenac and Frontenac gris vines in Minnesota and Canada

Frontenac Gris (pictured) makes a white wine with a peach and tropical fruit flavor

Dark Cove Cottage winery is a grower


is an aromatic wine grape variety, used in white
wines , and performs best in cooler climates. It is sometimes referred to colloquially as Gewürz . Gewürztraminer is a variety with a pink to red skin colour, which makes it a "white wine grape" as opposed to the blue to black-skinned varieties commonly referred to as "red wine grapes". The variety has high natural sugar and the wines are white and usually off-dry , with a flamboyant bouquet of lychees . Indeed, Gewürztraminer and lychees share the same aroma compounds .Dry Gewürztraminer's may also have aromas of roses, passion fruit and floral notes. It is not uncommon to notice some spritz (fine bubbles on the inside of the glass)

Dark Cove Cottage winery is a grower

Pinot noir

( French: [pino nwa?] ) is a black wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera . The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for "pine" and "black" alluding to the grape variety's tightly clustered dark purple pine-cone shaped bunches of fruit.

Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France . It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine.

Quality Pinot noir has been grown in Ontario for some time in the Niagara Peninsula and especially the Niagara-on-the-Lake and Short Hills Bench wine regions, as well as in Prince Edward County and on the north shore of Lake Erie . It has also been grown recently in the Okanagan , Lower Mainland , and Vancouver Island wine regions of British Columbia , the Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia and the Lanaudièreand Brome-Missisquoi regions of Quebec

Dark Cove Cottage winery is a grower


or Shiraz

is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines . Whether sold as Syrah or Shiraz, these wines enjoy great popularity.

Syrah is used as a varietal and is also blended. Following several years of strong planting, Syrah was estimated in 2004 to be the world's 7th most grown grape.

Auk Island Winery

Grape Varietal: British Columbia ~ Ontario ~ Quebec ~ New Brunswick ~ Nova Scotia

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