50 Degrees North; The Wine Country of Canada at ProWein 2016

Canada’s area under vine currently measures some 12,000 hectares. Every year some 550 vintners produce nearly one million hectolitres of wine. This is still over half of what is produced in California’s Napa Valley. For a long time now Canada has been known for far more than just its Eiswein. The Canadians now also produce expressive red wines, delicate whites, rosé and even sparkling wine – despite their harsh climate and long winters.

Already for the third time now this relatively young wine country will be represented at ProWein with a joint stand as the exports of Canadian winemakers are also continuing to rise. In 2014 Canada exported some 1.8 million litres of premium wine. A total of 26 countries are supplied with Canadian wine, including the USA, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Great Britain.

At ProWein 2016 the joint stand under the “Wines of Canada” banner is bigger than ever before: a total of 22 wineries will be presented here on the space in Hall 9. These are also joined by two other exhibitors from Canada: La Face Cachee de la Pomme (apple Eiswein from Quebec) and Kruger Wines & Spirits (whiskey) who will both be presented on their own stands in Hall 12.

In addition to the joint stand "Wines of Canada" also offers various events at ProWein, thereby further shifting the theme into focus. At the ProWein Forum at 11.30 am there is also a daily masterclass. At 3.00 pm every afternoon a guided tasting session is also planned at the stand. Both events are hosted by the famous British wine blogger Jamie Goode.

Canada’s Wine Regions
The producers at the “Wines of Canada” stand predominantly come from the three provinces of Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Ontario is by far the largest winemaking region. 80% of Canadian vines are cultivated here on some 6,000 hectares. Half the 22 Canadian winemakers presented at ProWein therefore come from this province. Here it is primarily Riesling and Chardonnay alongside Eiswein that are achieving good results. In warm years Gamay and Pinot Noir wines can also score points alongside Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Over the past few years Canadian Merlots have, for instance, also gained ground displaying convincing quality. This is hardly surprising as Ontario is located on roughly the same geographical latitude as Tuscany in Italy...

Nine producers from British Columbia will be travelling to ProWein. Lying at the heart of this province in the far west of Canada is Vancouver. Here the focus lies on varieties like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

In Nova Scotia in the east of the country there is less area under vine compared with the other provinces. Consequently, only two vintners are represented from this region. The cultivated area is relatively small and primarily features lesser known, frost-resistant grape varieties. To protect the grapevines from frost they are buried in soil in autumn and only freed from their earth mantle in spring. Nova Scotia is increasingly making a name for itself with sparkling wines that are made according to the traditional méthode champenoise.

VQA Appellation System
To control the quality of the wine and also guarantee it long term Canadian wine also follows a classification system. With VQA wines (Vintners Quality Alliance) 100% of the grapes come from each relevant growing area. In accordance with this alliance each wine must state its province or geographic origin. Over the past few years more and more new wine cultivation areas are being defined due to micro-climatic influences and specific soil properties.

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