5 Wines We're Crushing

5 Wines We're Crushing

Ontario's reputation for incredible winemaking is is growing every day. From complex whites, like Chardonnay, to sensational reds (think Pinot Noir, Baco Noir and Cabernet Franc), VQA varietal wines are winning fans and awards here at home and around the globe. Whether you're a seasoned VQA fan, or just discovering Ontario's exceptional offerings, read on to discover what makes them so special.

Ontario wine regions welcome 3 million visitors each year.

Ontario wine regions welcome 3 million visitors each year.

There are more than 180 wineries right in our own backyard.

There are more than 180 wineries right in our own backyard.

LCBO is proud to offer over 400 VQA wines.

LCBO is proud to offer over 400 VQA wines.


A Toast to Ontario’s World Class VQA Wines

Ontario’s unique terroir—the cool climate, rich soils and abundant sunshine—creates the ideal conditions for crafting outstanding varietals that are complex, food-friendly and internationally acclaimed. Read on to explore what makes these signature wines so extraordinary.

A Toast to Ontario's World-Class Wines

Sparkling

"Did you know that Ontario makes amazing bubbly? What makes our sparkling wines so great is they definitely over-deliver on price. Whether you are looking for a fruity, Charmat-method sparkling wine or a more classic sparkler made in the traditional method, Ontario wines come in a range of styles that customers love."
AARON POTHIER,
ONTARIO WINES BUYER

Baco Noir

“Ontario winemakers choose to grow Baco Noir because it is well adapted to our province's cool climate. With the first sip you'll taste a dry, smooth style finishing with subtle spicy, smoky and tart cherry notes. With low tannins and lively acidity, Baco Noir is an exceptionally versatile wine. I recommend pairing it  with a barbecue dish such as a bison burger. The sharp acidity of the wine cuts through fat, while smoky notes in the wine pick up similar flavours in the burger.”
SHAWN,
LCBO PRODUCT CONSULTANT

Baco Noir
Chardonnay

Chardonnay

"Ontario’s cool climate creates Chardonnay in a range of styles that are always fresh and elegant. Generally, they aren’t overpowered by oak, and feature lots of minerality and orchard fruit flavours. Looking for a food-friendly white? This is a great local choice."
SHERRY,
LCBO PRODUCT CONSULTANT

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

“Cabernet Franc does extremely well as a single varietal in Ontario's Niagara region. I find it has two styles; one of which is rustic and robust with good balance and well-integrated oak. The other is lighter bodied, with basil and red olive notes followed by a tomato leaf finish. Cab Franc pairs wonderfully with spicy dishes, stews and charcuterie.”
SHAWN,
LCBO PRODUCT CONSULTANT

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

“Pinot Noir is so hard to grow that they call it the 'heartbreak grape,' but it excels in Ontario. Our province produces complex, light-bodied Pinots that compete on the world stage. It's a good match for grilled salmon; the fairly high acidity balances the fattiness of the fish.”
AARON POTHIER,
ONTARIO WINES BUYER

What is VQA?

It means the wine is made from 100% Ontario-grown grapes, which have been approved through a strict quality assurance program. VQA is the Vintners Quality Alliance, the independent body that monitors Ontario’s appellation of origin system. All wine-producing countries have standards for their best grape-growing regions.Wherever you go, always look for VQA on the label to be sure a wine is made with 100% Ontario grapes. Visit vqaontario.ca for more information.

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