Canada has had great success in producing amazing Pinot Noir. This is not an easy task, Pinot Noir grapes are black-skinned and typically very difficult to cultivate. This grape varietal is very well known internationally and is grown throughout the world in most winemaking regions. It’s often used in sparkling wines where it’s blended with Chardonnay to make Champagne or Sparkling wine. Its origins trace back to the Burgundy region in France.
Pinot Noir produces a pale-coloured, translucent red wine. Light to medium bodied, it has aromas of strawberry, cherry and raspberries with hints of vanilla and leather. If the grapes are grown in a cooler climate, this can lead to fresher fruit flavours. Pinot Noir grown in warmer climates can have heavier tannins. These wines can often benefit from ageing which adds layers of complexity and flavour.
Pinot Noir grapes produce some of the world’s finest wines, but they are very difficult to cultivate. The grapes are very susceptible to rot, mutation and disease. That being said, Canada has had much success; high quality Pinot Noir is produced in Ontario throughout the Niagara Peninsula and Prince Edward County. It’s more recently grown in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, as well as in Nova Scotia and Quebec. Enjoy Pinot Noir slightly chilled for the best experience.
In summary, Pinot Noir has the following characteristics:
- Black-skinned red wine grape variety
- Origins in Burgundy, France
- Found throughout most winemaking regions
- Often mixed with Chardonnay to make Champagne
- Pale-coloured, translucent red wine
- Light to medium bodied with lighter tannins
- Red fruit aromas with hints of vanilla and leather
- Benefits from aging to add layers of complexity and flavour
- Produces some of the world’s finest wines
- Hard to cultivate, susceptible to rot, disease and mutation
- Canada is known for having great quality Pinot Noir
- Enjoy slightly chilled for the best experience
- St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery, Okanagan Valley$14.48
- 13th Street Winery, Niagara Peninsula$14.95
- Lakeview Wine Co., Niagara Peninsula$16.95