TYPES OF WINE

Welcome to our library of grape varietials and wine types that are produced throughout Canada. Knowledge of specific wine types is important when selecting a wine, especially when pairing wine with food. The grape varietal can usually determine the flavours and attributes of the wine. We have created these profiles to educate Canadian wine lovers and help give them confidence the next time they are choosing a bottle.

We have included an extensive selection of wine-making varietals that are commonly found in Canada, all of which can produce outstanding Canadian wines. Click on the wine types below for an introduction to these common varietals. We will continue to build upon our library when new varietals are added to the site.

Navigate through the list of varietals and blends to discover their origins, characteristics and flavours. Find out which grapes are grown in specific regions of Canada and what the ideal growing conditions are. Learn about wine colour, aroma, taste, and winemaking style. We have even included suggested food pairings to help you on your journey. You will certainly see some familiar grape varietals, but also some that are unique to Canadian wine.

Explore our list of grape varieties and wine types to help determine which bottle is perfect for you!

  1. shop

    Baco Noir

    Known for producing a dark, rich, and robust red more

  2. shop

    Cabernet Franc

    One of Ontario’s most well known grape varietals, more

  3. shop

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    One of the world’s most popular red wine grapes, more

  4. shop

    Chardonnay

    This wine is the perfect food-pairing partner. Chardonnay more

  5. shop

    Ehrenfelser

    This grape has a particularly notable feature — more

  6. shop

    Gamay

    The Niagara Peninsula is well-known for this grape more

  7. shop

    Gewürztraminer

    Delicious on the palate, but hard to spell, this more

  8. shop

    Kerner

    This grape adds tropical fruit notes to varietal more

  9. shop

    L'Acadie Blanc

    L’Acadie Blanc is a white wine grape with more

  10. shop

    Malbec

    Often used in the making of red Bordeaux wine, Malbec more

  11. shop

    Marechal Foch

    Used to produce a variety of styles of wine, Maréchal more

  12. shop

    Meritage

    Meritage is a name for red and white Bordeaux-style more

  13. shop

    Merlot

    Described as a first class red wine grape, Merlot more

  14. shop

    Muscat

    Muscat is a one of the oldest and most well known more

  15. shop

    Ortega

    This grape usually produces an off dry wine that more

  16. shop

    Petit Verdot

    Known for its rich, dark fruit flavours, this wine more

  17. shop

    Pinot Blanc

    Similar to Chardonnay, this wine can present an more

  18. shop

    Pinot Gris

    A refreshing white wine that’s perfect for summer! more

  19. shop

    Pinot Noir

    Canada has had great success in producing amazing more

  20. shop

    Riesling

    This wine is often consumed young to get the most more

  21. shop

    Sauvignon Blanc

    Unique, herbaceous flavour, this white wine is unlike more

  22. shop

    Semillon

    Not familiar with this one? It’s worth a try! more

  23. shop

    Syrah

    Pair this bold, rich wine with equally bold dishes. more

  24. shop

    Vidal

    This wine is often used for the production of Icewine more

  25. shop

    Viognier

    A white wine grape variety, Viognier’s origins more

  26. shop

    Zweigelt

    This wine has deep, rich red colours that look stunning more