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Grape Debate

Toast to Canada. The market share in quality wineries and wine has grown—not only in Ontario and Britiah Columbia but also in Quebec and Nova Scotia.

vineyardThe early days of growing grapes in Canada was a difficult one, yet perseverance has reflected success, with modern viticulture practices and proper selection of grape species. Canada’s wine-making heritage is relatively young, but the country has already established an international reputation. Not without its hiccups. Early Canadian wines, made of labrusca grapes, had been coined various terms associated with the distinct aftertaste; ‘foxy’ if they were being charitable and ‘skunky’ if they were not. Sales were slow.

Times have changed, with a tougher vine varietal. Now, a land known for its harsh winters has made a reputable name for itself in the wine industry.  However there are still challenges, as Canadian vines age, their vigour – like that of humans – tends to decline. Most of Canada’s vineyards have been planted within the past 20 years. And it is expected that they will produce up to 25 or 30 years. Quite unlike drier, hotter climates where old-vines reach the century mark.

Canadian vineyards offer much to be discovered and appreciated. The proof is found in the tasting rooms across Canada.

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