From east to west, CAPS sommeliers give insider tips to the best vineyards, wine bars and top dining destinations in Canada’s wine country. The picks aren’t all glam and luxury, but their selections are rooted in great flavours.
Canada’s wine industry is flourishing. Not only are the sales of wines made from 100 per cent Canadian-grown grapes at an all-time high, but record numbers of locals and tourists alike are flocking to tasting rooms from Wolfville (Nova Scotia) to Vancouver Island.
In the east, Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley has become an epicenter of culinary tourism. Here amongst the vines, quaint country inns and laid back bistros along with the natural beauty of the province provide a bucolic setting for this emerging wine region. In Ontario, the Niagara Peninsula has long benefitted from tourism, but the migration of wine production to outlying regions such as Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shores equates to more Ontario residents getting a taste of wine tourism success. Finally, in British Columbia, the Okanagan Valley has become one of the top wine tourism destinations in the world. Fine dining, spectacular views and wineries with impressive architecture are drawing in visitors from around the globe.
Benjamin Bridge, Nova Scotia, by Scott Munn
Checkmate Artisanal Winery, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Norman Hardy Winey, Prince Edward County, Ontario, by Johnny C.Y. Lam