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With 9,984,670 km2 land spanning across the northern section of North America, Canada is the second biggest nation in the world. It is so large that it has the Atlantic Ocean fringing its east coast and the Pacific Ocean on its west. Its indigenous people, also known as the Canadian Indians includes the Inuit and Métis, have lived for thousands of years before the European colonisation
Regarded as one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Canada welcomes more than 18 millions of visitors each year. Almost 60% of this land of the maple leaf is covered by boreal and tundra forests, making it a wonderland for nature lovers. These forests, together with stunning falls, lakes, valleys, and snow-capped peaks are great for outdoor adventures. The comparatively warmer coastal region such as the British Columbia, on the other hand, make for great beach and golf resorts as well as wine orchards. The Okanagan valley and southern Ontario are some of the best places for wine tasting and wine-related tourism..Read More
The history of viticulture in Canada is relatively recent in comparison to other established wine-producing countries. 200 years ago, native varieties such as the Vitis labrusca (Fox grape) and Vitis riparia were grown for wine making purposes. The wines were not appealing to many,however, due to the strong earthy taste, and the grapes are more suited for the making of fortified wines the likes of Port and Sherry. Later, new grape species and disease-resistant clones were brought in, and together with the advancement in wine technology, the wine industry in Canada began to thrive, especially after the lifting of its alcohol prohibition in 1927
Although the chilly climate may not seem to be conducive for growing vines, Canada has been making good wine with increasing sophistication over the past 20 years. The province of Ontario, with its climate tempered by the Great Lakes, produces more than three out of four bottles of Canadian wine, from 200 wineries in its four viticultural areas. The Icewine, made from frozen varieties such as Cabernet Franc, Riesling and Vidal Blanc, is one of Canada’s most popular lines. The process of making this elegant and flavourful Icewine is strenuous. The grapes can only be cultivated in places that are below the freezing point and be left on the vine until a sustained -8 °C. The grapes are then carefully handpicked and must be processed while still frozen. Exquisite Icewine aside, the semi-desert conditions of inland British Columbia is also best known for its white wines. Novia Scotia and Quebec are other wine growing regions boasting over 40 grape varieties, with the most common being Sainte-Croix, Maréchal Foch and Frontenac for red; and Vidal, Seyval Blanc, L’Acadie Blanc for white. Dry and semi-dry fortified wines, fruit wines, sparkling wines and ice wines are some of the produce of these regions.
Browse www.hospitalitychain.com for the most comprehensive listing of wine producers in Canada. Read descriptions of its wine regions, wineries and what makes their wines unique. Whether you are sourcing wine, planning a wine escape in Canada or simply interested in the local wine and gourmet food scene, all details and contact information be found on our websiteThough its chilly climate may not seem to be conducive for growing vines, Canada over the past 20 years has been making good wine with increasing élan. The province of Ontario, its climate tempered by the Great Lakes, produces more than three out of four bottles of Canadian wine, from 200 wineries in four viticultural areas. Pale-red Icewine, made from frozen Cabernet Franc grapes, is one of its most popular lines in the Niagara Peninsula, while the semi-desert conditions of inland British Columbia is best known for its white wines. Novia Scotia and Quebec are other wine growing regions but on a smaller scale.
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