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Canadian Wines. Canadian Wine Labels Understanding them. Cellered in Canada. Only has 1% to 30% Canadian Grapes Balance is comprised of Imported Grapes Does not have to identify origin of country. Cellered in Canada. VQA – 100% Canadian. Origin Quality Authenticity. VQA.

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cellered in canada
Cellered in Canada
  • Only has 1% to 30% Canadian Grapes
  • Balance is comprised of Imported Grapes
  • Does not have to identify origin of country
vqa 100 canadian
VQA – 100% Canadian

Origin

Quality

Authenticity

product of canada
Product of Canada

Nova Scotia

Manitoba

Quebec

B.C.

vqa 100 canadian1
VQA – 100% Canadian

Origin

Quality

Authenticity

vqa role
VQA - Role
  • Manage and promote wine appellation system
  • Set and enforce standards
  • Verify origin of grapes and test all products for quality
  • Uphold labeling standards
vqa regulations
VQA - Regulations
  • Wineries must register with VQA Ontario/BC
      • Fee is $1,000 per winery
  • All VQA wines must meet standards for grape quality and origin, winemaking and packaging
  • Wineries are required to provide detailed documentation and evidence that each wine meets the required standards
      • Winery Inspections $250
vqa regulations cont d
VQA - Regulations cont’d
  • 100% Ontario/BC grown grapes
  • Minimum 85% varietal content
  • Minimum grape ripeness
  • No additions of water
  • processes regulated for different wine types
vqa testing
VQA - Testing
  • Before receiving approval, each and every wine is tested for quality
    • Tasting by expert panel
    • Chemical analysis
    • Label review
    • Fee for every wine sent to testing
      • $175 each product submission
      • $100 each product re-submitted due to VQA failing
vqa regulated terms
VQA - Regulated Terms
  • Appellation names
  • Icewine
  • Late Harvest
  • Estate Bottled
  • Blanc de Noirs
  • …etc...
vqa enforcement
VQA - Enforcement
  • Enforcement key to integrity of system
  • VQA carries out extensive independent monitoring and testing to ensure authenticity and compliance
  • VQA has full powers of government to inspect, investigate, seize products and prosecute offenses
canada s wine history
B.C.

1859 Oblate fathers recognize potential viticulture

1921 Growers Wines Co. formed

1960 – 1978 pop wine boom

Ontario

1075 1st vines

1600 Jesuits make wine

1864 Vine Growers Assn formed

1866 1st commercial winery

Canada’s Wine History
canada s wine history1
B.C.

1978 Cottage Wineries licenses

1984 - 13 wineries in B.C.

1989 Farmgate Wineries emerge

1990 VQA formed followed by BC Wine Institute

Ontario

1970 small cottage wineries

1990 growers open wineries

1990 VQA formed

2006 Niagara sub-appellations formed

Canada’s Wine History
canada s wine history2
B.C

2005 - +125 winery licenses

over 6,000 acres vines

2005 vintage

126,000 Litres icewine juice

Ontario

At present – 130 wineries

100 produce VQA wines (+800 VQA)

over 20,000 acres vines

2006 vintage

1.2 million Litres Icewine juice

Canada’s Wine History
bc s top planted varietals
RED

Merlot

Pinot Noir

Cabernet Sauvignon

Syarh

Cabernet Franc

Gamay

Marechal Foch

Petit Vedot

Malbec

Zweigelt

WHITE

Chardonnay

Pinot Gris

Gewurztraminer

Pinot Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

Riesling

Ehrenfelser

Semillon

Viognier

Auxerrois

BC’s Top Planted Varietals
ontarios top planted varietals
White

Riesling

Chardonnay

Gewurztraminer

Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Gris

Hybrid

Vidal

Red

Pinot Noir

Gamay Noir

Cabernet Franc

Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon

Hybrid

Baco Noir

Maréchal Foch.

Ontarios Top Planted Varietals
dva s b c
DVA’s B.C.

Okanagan Valley

- 5,000 acres - 70 wineries

Fraser Valley

- 100 acres - 10 wineries

Vancouver Islands

- 200 acres - 25 wineries

Gulf Islands

- 95 acres - 8 wineries

Similkameen Valley

- 200 acres -15 wineries

dva s
DVA’s

Niagara Penninsula

- largest over 11,000 acres of vines

- 12 new sub-appellation

Pelee Island

- over 500 acres of vines

Lake Erie North Shore

- over 500 acres of vines

Prince Edward County

- newest and smallest