The common stereotypical view of Canadians may be that they are friendly, polite, love hockey, and maple syrup, but it’s a shame that few have noticed they also produce some of the world’s finest wines.
If you consider yourself a wine enthusiast, there’s a wide selection of wine destinations across the country to enjoy while you see the sights. You should visit these wine regions and get a taste of what they have to offer when it comes to one of the most loved drinks in the world.
You Can Start With These Five Destinations On Your Next Trip:
Lake Erie North Shore
Located about a half-hour drive from Detroit and four hours away from Toronto, the Lake Erie North Shore wine area is home to no less than ten awe-inspiring wineries. Warm sunlight and cool breezes characterize this region.
Numerous grape varieties can thrive in these conditions. Moreover, the region is endowed with scenery that is virtually surrounded by water. Its well-balanced sweet and acidic grapes produce some of the finest wines available in Canada.
Fondly known as the world’s northernmost wine region, the Thompson Okanagan area is home to over 120 wineries. The region is strategically located along a series of lakes, offering an awesome combination of rich vineyards and beautiful beaches.
If you’re looking for a perfect destination for a summer vacation, there you have it. Some of the notable activities you can enjoy while there include amazing wine festivals and exhilarating winery cycling tours.
It’s also worth noting that the Thompson Okanagan area is famous for cool climate wine varieties such as Viognier, Pinot Gris, and Gamay noir.
Niagara Peninsula is the most diverse viticultural region, popular not just for its spectacular landscape, but also for producing the highest quality, tangy wines. Boasting countless wineries, the region stretches from the charmingly antiquated Niagara-on-the-lake to the welcoming Grimsby.
Its fertile soil produces the best grapes for mouth-watering ice wines. While you certainly can’t explore all the wineries in a single tour, Niagara wine tours can’t be complete without visiting the region’s most notable wineries like Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs.
Vancouver Inland’s lush-green Cowichan Valley features some awesome little wineries. Some of the vineyards you can behold in this area include Blue Grouse, Averill Creek, Venturie-Schulze, and Cherry Point Vineyards. A tour of the valley can’t be complete without visiting Merridale Estate Cidery, which prides itself with producing six renowned ciders on its gently-sloped orchard fields.
Dotted with tranquil villages, leafy woodland, crystalline lakes, and winding countryside roads, these serene farmland region in Quebec is known for its flavorful ice wines, fruit wines, and dessert wines. The region is characterized by cool climate and fertile soil. The most notable wineries in the region include Vignoble de L’Orpailleur, Vignoble le Cep d’Argent, and Domaine Félibre.
Canada boasts some of the finest wines in the world. There’s no better way to find out if that’s indeed true than visiting the country. You can start sampling the wines from the above destinations. Remember to bring your sweet tooth.