Wines of Canada
Wines of Canada is a collaborative initiative of the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) and Canadas regional wine associations – the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI), the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario (WMAO) for VQA Wines of Ontario / Wine Country Ontario, and the Winery Association of Nova Scotia (WANS) - to promote our cool climate wines across Canada and abroad.
Viticulture in Canada proudly reflects its origin, resulting in distinct wines that provide a profound sense of place. The Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) geographic indicator system has been established in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia to designate Viticultural Areas, regional appellations and sub-appellations. Ontario, in central eastern Canada, has three appellations: Niagara Peninsula (north-west of the magnificent Niagara Falls), Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County. British Columbia on Canadas west coast has five appellations: Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands on its western Pacific ocean periphery, and the Okanagan Valley, the Fraser Valley and the Similkameen Valley in its inner core.
VQA Ontario and the British Columbia Wine Authority are the provincial governments official regulators, authorized to respectively oversee and enforce Ontarios VQA and British Columbias BC VQA regulations and standards. Laboratory testing and tasting by an independent expert panel, as well as comprehensive label reviews, ensure precise adherence to rigorous winemaking standards and label integrity. Wines that are approved by the regulating authority must clearly state the appellation of origin on the label, providing consumer assurance of a wines origin, as well as quality production, varietal content and vintage date.
Nova Scotian wines, meanwhile, must meet the high standards and quality which are instilled in the Nova Scotia Wine Standards regulations. To date, the province has one appellation – Tidal Bay – used to designate an aromatic , crisp white wine that is made from specific 100% Nova Scotian grown grape varieties. All Tidal Bay wines are tasted blind on an annual basis by an independent tasting panel.