Canadians can be proud of the craftsmanship and quality of made-in-Canada wines.
The Canadian terroir is as rich and varied as the Canadian landscape itself, and wine growers across the country reflect that extraordinary diversity. At Wine Growers of Canada we support numerous initiatives aimed at promoting this incomparable craftsmanship and opportunity for Canadian wine-making. Learn more about the systems we use to protect, grow and recognize that world-class distinction:
VQA wines proudly reflect their origin, resulting in distinct wines that provide a sense of place. Similar to France’s AOC and Italy’s DOC, the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA)™ system has been established in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia to designate Viticultural Areas, regional appellations and sub-appellations, as well as to evaluate eligible wines.
There are three categories of Canadian-made or Canadian-bottled wine sold in Canada:
Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) certified
100% Canadian Wine (Product of Canada)
International blends, made from imported and domestic content
Each of these three categories of wine must be labelled in a manner that adheres to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulations, ensuring consumers are aware of the origin of the wine and that the label is truthful and not misleading. This provides accurate information for consumers, including common mandatory information such as the product name, volume, alcohol content and origin.
The Canadian Wine Industry Awards, sponsored by MNP, recognize the success, leadership and outstanding commitment in Canada’s grape wine industry and the individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond to support and enhance the wine industry in Canada.