When you think of the great wine-producing regions of the world... France, Italy, California... chances are Canada does not come to mind. Challenged by climate and perception, Canadian winemakers have worked hard to improve the quality of their product.
Canada’s wine industry is undergoing rapid and diverse expansion prompted by the successful realization that the finest grape varieties could be grown in its prime viticultural areas. Initially, in the 1970s and 1980s, cool climate grape varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc were chosen.
Today, these 20 to 25-year-old vines are producing rich fruit with intense aromatics associated with cool climate wines, including the one-of-a-kind, luxury icewines from Peller Estates, demonstrating the wisdom of these early decisions.