The hidden gems of the Canadian wine industry

How do you *truly* know which wineries are great? I consulted my most well respected friends, winemakers and industry professionals and listed are the producers mentioned repeatedly. Read on for what to try and how to order.


The Natty Kids Playing With Hybrids

Lieux Communs

Eastern Townships, Quebec

@lieuxcommuns.vin

What to try: 2019 Carbonic Marquette. The team shares, "Our very limited production is distributed in Quebec and is almost only available in restaurants and wine bars of Montréal."

Shipping: DM for further information

The Nomadic Winery

Plot

Okanagan Valley, BC

@plotwines

What to try: 2019 Tempranillo - an unfiltered, full bodied and serious rosé, best served chilled while doing unserious things.

Shipping: Nationally

Available here

The Traditionalists

L'Acadie Vineyards

@lacadiewine

Wolfville, NS

What to try: 2017 Vintage Cuvée. Proprietor Bruce Ewert originally hails from BC but found a new home in Nova Scotia, where he now produces some of the regions highest quality sparkling wine.

Shipping: Nationally

Available here

The Wine Made in a Former Horse Riding Arena

Whispering Horse

Chilliwack, BC

@whisperinghorsewinery

What to try: 2019 L'Acadie - owner Laurent Fadanni describes the Fraser Valley as green and fertile, which he feels the variety of L'Acadie speaks to in the glass.

Shipping: Nationally

Available here

The People So Humble They Forget To Mention They Make Wine with a Cult Following

Lightning Rock

Summerland, BC

@lightningrockwinery

What to buy: 2018 Electric Rosé. Owner and winemaker Jordan Kubek describes it as "Smashed jolly rancher candies sprinkled over cranberry sauce."

Shipping: Nationally

Available here

The "Effortlessly Cool" Winery

Cloudsley Cellars

Vineland, ON

@cloudsleycellars

What to buy: 2017 Homestead Pinot Noir. A hub where the likeminded gather, making wines in a classic and low intervention style.

Shipping: Nationally

Available here

The Winery You'd Probably Find All Over Lists in Paris

Birch Block

Kaleden, BC

@birch.block.vineyard

What to buy: 2019 Été Sans Fin Pinot Noir Rosé. Proprietors Murray and Sarah own a picturesque organic vineyard in Kaleden, BC, which also houses a photoshoot ready guesthouse. Book here.

Shipping: Nationally

Available here

The Innovators

Trail Estate Winery

Hillier, ON

@trailestatewine

What to buy: Soon to be released Piquette (October 20). Winemaker Mackenzie Brisbois rehydrated skins from previously pressed Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Muscat and Pinot Gris resulting in a light, wine like "thing" reusing skins that would normally have been discarded.

Shipping: Nationally

Available here

The Not So Serious-Serious Winery Charting New Territory

Averill Creek

Duncan, BC

@averillcreek

What to buy: 2018 Somenos Series Pinot Noir. Winemaker Brent Rowland holds serious disdain for anything sanctimonious and this humility comes through in the resulting wines.

Shipping: Nationally

To be released soon. Online shop here

The Sheep Farmers Turned Vignerons

Lightfoot and Wolfville

Wolfville, NS

@lwwines

What to buy: 2018 Kékfrancos - a fleshy, bone dry style of rosé (also known as Blaufränkisch or Lemberger) available only through Crushable.

Shipping: Nationally

Enroll with Crushable here for opportunity to purchase

Cider As Cool And Hip As The Women Who Make It

Creek and Gully

Naramata, BC

@creekandgully

What to buy: 2018 Goldie. Cidermaker Kaleigh Jorgensen describes this cider as equally fresh, crispy and luxurious.

Shipping: Nationally

Available here

A Winemaker Who Might Actually Be A Forest Sprite

Echo Bay

Okanagan Falls, BC

@echobay

What to buy: 2016 Synoptic. An earthy and textured red blend made by one of the emerging talents of BC, Kelsey Rufiange.

Shipping: Nationally

Available here


The Single Father Looking For Love Who Decided To Make Wine

Trois Moineaux

Niagara Peninsula, ON

@troismoineaux

What to buy: 2019 skin contact Gewurztraminer. Enjoy it at room temperature with the fattiest prosciutto you can find.

Shipping: Nationally

Email info@troismoineaux.com to buy

The Wine Bar Partners Turned Winemakers

Paradise Grapevine

Toronto, Ontario

@paradisegrapevine

What to buy: 2019 Orange Wine rosé. Although word on the street this beauty is sold out, there might be a few cheeky bottles laying around.

Shipping: Ontario only but inquire to find out if they will ship to your area.

Available here

The Honest Négociant

Sébastien Laurent

Okanagan Valley, BC

@sebastienlaurentwines

What to buy: 2019 Aubergiste À Boire carbonic merlot - just the right amount of funk you're after.

Shipping: Nationally

Available via Instagram - slide into that DM

The Generational Winery

The Farm

Twenty Mile Bench, ON

@thefarmwines

What to buy: 2018 Black label Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Daughter Erika Neudorf shares, "Both wines sold out at the annual cellar door opening, but allocation is kept for restaurants through Nicholas Pearce which can be purchased on their website."

Shipping: Ontario only

Available via Nicholas Pearce

The Cool New "It" Winery

Therianthropy

Creemore, ON

@therianthropy_wine

What to buy: I wrote about their 2018 Cabernet Franc recently - it's a must try

Shipping: Ontario only

Available here


The Winery Flying Under The Radar

16 Mile Cellar

St. Catharines, ON

@16milecellar

What to buy: 2017 Exonerated Pinot Noir. A wine requiring a story to be regaled (just ask winemaker Morgan Juniper)

Shipping: Nationally

Buy here




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