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Introduction to Ontario Wineries and Their Wines

Ontario, Canada, like many new-world grape growing areas, has been making wine in some form since the beginning of the 19th century. However, the past 20 years or so have seen a major restructuring of the industry, with a new concentration on producing quality products and the emergence of numerous smaller wineries. In 1989, the Vintners' Quality Alliance (VQA) was created to control labelling and wine production standards in Ontario, similar to the appellation control systems of France, Germany and Italy.

Ontario forms the northern cradle of the Great Lakes, and Lakes Ontario and Erie, which temper the winter cold and summer heat, create its wine regions. The VQA currently recognizes three winegrowing areas in Ontario: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore, and Pelee Island.

Southern Ontarians enjoy pointing out to their visitors that much of the province lies further south than the northern part of California. Ontario vineyards also lie in the same latitude as the great European wine regions of Provence in France, the Chianti Classico region in Italy, or Rioja in Spain.

The quality grape growing and winemaking of Ontario wineries have begun to gain well-earned recognition around the world. Total winery production is relatively small, so the better Ontario table wines will be quite hard to find outside of Canada. Icewines (sweet, intense wines made from grapes frozen on the vine) are a major Ontario winery export, and are considered by many to be the best in the world. Ontario Icewine has won numerous international awards.

Many wine references are still woefully out of date concerning Canadian and Ontario wines. This is starting to change, however, as Ontario wines attain ever higher levels of quality, consumer praise, and international visibility.

This category of the Open Directory will provide access to Ontario wineries. Interested Internauts can follow the development of the wines of Ontario through the on-line presentations of the wineries that make them.

Original article by Michael Dunn, with contributions from Tilman Hainle and Rowan Shirkie.


Created 99-11-27 by Wineward, last modified 02-04-05 by cbooth7575

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Archibald Orchards and Estate Winery
Located east of Toronto in apple country, producing fruit and apple wine and ciders. Product listings and awards, plus events, and recipes.
Bellamere Country Market & Winery
Fruit wine producers located in London, Ontario. Ordering, location and tour information.
Black Prince Winery
Produces a range of red, white, rosé, and dessert wines in Picton. Also represents other small area wineries. Includes online ordering, product details, and awards lists.
Caroline Cellars Winery
Produces white, red, fruit and dessert wines in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Includes product and event information.
Cave Spring Cellars
Makers of fashionable red and aromatic white wines in Jordan Village, Niagara West. Detailed descriptions of the vineyards and wines, and an events listing.
Château des Charmes
A family-owned producer of premium wines including icewine. Detailed product listings with awards, château tours and events, news, and recipes.
Colio Estate Wines
Producer of wines in the Italian style using local and imported grapes. Located in the Lake Erie North Shore wine region.
The County Cider Company
A family-operated winery specializing in hard ciders, located in Prince Edward County on the north eastern shores of Lake Ontario.
Cox Creek Cellars Estate Winery
Estate winery located north of Guelph that produces fruit, country, and grape wines. Offers tour and tasting events, plus location and ordering information.
Crown Bench Estates Winery
Offering a selection of premium wines from an estate on the unique terrain of the Beamsville Bench, Niagara west. Includes a wine list, reviews, recipes, and a map.
Daniel Lenko Estate Winery
Grower-turned-vintner working with some of Ontario's oldest vinifera vines in Beamsville, Niagara west. Offers a history, wine list, and directions.
The De Moura Winery Way
10 acre vineyard and winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Del-Gatto Estates Winery
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Diamond Estates Winery
Family-owned and operated winery with locations in Beamsville and Toronto. Specializes in Portuguese styled red wines aged in oak. Lists the wines, a history, and map with directions.
Erie Shore Vineyard
Family-operated producer of estate-grown wines. Contains a brief profile and information about upcoming events.
Fielding Estate Winery
Produces reds, whites, and icewines on the Beamsville Bench. Includes online ordering, product descriptions, and staff profiles.
Frogpondfarm
The province's only certified organic winery produces Riesling and a Cabernet-Merlot blend. Includes product descriptions and a downloadable order form [PDF format].
Harbour Estates Winery
Located in a unique physical setting on Jordan Harbour, Niagara west, offering a portfolio of red, white, and dessert wines. Includes winery and boutique information and photographs, tours and events, a wine list and a map.
Harwood Estate Vineyards
Producer of reds and whites in Picton. Includes information about their winemaker, vineyards, and suggested food pairings.
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
St. Catharines estate with a selection of red, white, and icewines made exclusively from local grapes. Offers wine and award listings, vintage reports, history, along with tours, events, and distribution information.
Hernder Estate Wines
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Inniskillin Wines
Estate winery offering varietal wines and icewines from Ontario and British Columbia. Includes product listings, news, visitor information, and some Japanese translations.
Joseph's Estate Wines
Family-run winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a history, awards, and product list. Selection of reds, whites, icewine, and fruit wines.
Kacaba Vineyards Winery
A Niagara-area vineyard producing wine in small, quality batches, and a narrow set of varieties in quantities that can be produced mainly by hand. Sells winery direct and at fine dining restaurants.
Kittling Ridge Estate Wines and Spirits
Producer of Canadian wines, ice wines, distilled spirits, liqueurs and ready to drink cocktails in Niagara west. Offers free tours and tastings.
Konzelmann Estate Winery
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Magnotta Winery
Large producer of wine, winemaking juice, and beer in various locations. Offers winery tours, investor information, price, awards, and events listings, plus a winery library.
Malivoire Wine Company
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Ontario Wine Society
Non-profit organization promoting the exploration of the province's wines. Includes membership information, event listings, winery links, and a newsletter.
Pelee Island Winery
Southernmost winery in Canada, located in the Lake Erie North Shore region. Includes site with food and wine matching and events listing.
Peninsula Ridge Estates and Winery
Produces Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot on the Beamsville Bench. Open for tours and tastings.
Pillitteri Estates Winery
Produces reds, whites, and icewines in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Also makes the "i baci" brand. Includes online ordering, a company profile, event calendar, and awards list.
Quai du Vin Estate Winery
Estate winery offering fruit wines, sparkling cocktails, sparkling wines, icewines, maple wines, wine jellies, and traditional reds and whites. There are driving directions, event listings, and online ordering.
Reif Estate Winery
German born winemaker Klaus Reif operates this Niagara-on-the-Lake winery. Full product descriptions and awards list.
Royal de Maria
A winery specializing in icewines, with information about current offerings, awards, and news, plus company information and photographs of the vineyard.
Rush Creek Wines
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Schönmarke Estate Wines
Canadian dessert wine from the Niagara, Ontario region. Wine details, and distributor and contact information.
South African Wine Society
Non-profit club focused on promoting knowledge about and access to South African wines in Canada. Includes event and membership information.
Southbrook Winery
Wines vinted from Niagara-grown grapes: winemaker of the year, 1999. Website has news, events, winelists, directions (map). North of Toronto.
Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery
Produces red, white, blush, and icewine in West Harrow. Includes product descriptions, a company history, and pictures.
Stonechurch Vineyards
Smaller producer of blends and popularly priced varietal wines. Active event schedule. Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Stoney Ridge Cellars
Three wine enterprises rolled into one, Stoney Ridge, Wines of Woodend, Cuesta Estates. Formerly small-batch premium red and novel white white producer. Vineland, Niagara west.
Strewn Winery
Joe Will and Jane Langdon offer specialized tours and wine country cooking classes at this attractive Niagara-on-the-Lake facility.
Thirty Bench Winery
Beamsville, Niagara region producer of whites, reds, and icewines. Includes product and vineyard information.
Trius Winery at Hillebrand
A producer of VQA wines, with a broad tasting, tour, and events program. Offer fine dining at a co-located restaurant, and special events such as Vineyard Blues and Vineyard Jazz.
Viewpointe Estate Winery
Located in Essex County on Lake Erie. Includes a list of grapes planted along with information about the company, the region, and the staff.
Vineland Estates Winery and Restaurant
Exemplary facility in Vineland, Niagara region offers premium wines, lunches and dinners and accommodation.
Vinoteca Winery
Located in Toronto, selling in bulk and by the bottle. Includes a product list, awards, a company description, and information about private labelling.
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