Just like there are many types of apples, there are thousands of different grape varieties. Each of them belongs to a vine species. Most of the grapes used for the production of the world’s best wine i.e the grapes you know, come from the vitis vinifera species. They are praised for their flavours and the quality of wine they produce. In Canada, we have a longer history with hybrids than we do with vitis vinifera. What’s a hybrid? It is a grape that is created by crossing two grapes from two different species. In regions with harsh climates (O Canada), vitis vinifera can struggle to survive in the winter. Many hybrids were created with a desire to keep the flavours that grapes from vitis vinifera produce but also gain the resistance to winter freeze from other species. Hence why many Canadian winemakers originally planted hybrids. Continue reading
Canadian Wine blog
Writing on Canadian Wine by the MWC team Kurtis Kolt (BC), Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson (MB) Jake Skakun (ON), Michelle Bouffard (QB) and various national guest contributors.
If you’re like me, the sound of wine made in Québec comes with skepticism. We know the province makes delicious cider and maple syrup, but what about wine? Having spent the last 20 years in British Columbia, I was unfamiliar with the Québec wine scene until recently.
This all changed last spring. Continue reading