Around 1,000AD, the famous Norse explorer Lief Eriksson discovered what is now Newfoundland – he named it Vinland, or Wineland, for the profusion of its native vines. Cool climate Canada has been creating wine for over 200 years, and started off by making port and sherry style wines. This is because the country’s native vines are the Vitis Labrusca species, which do not make pleasant tasting wine. However, the strange “foxy” taste was less apparent in fortified wine styles! The Canadians call their appellations DVA’s, or Designated Viticultural Areas, and the vast majority of Canada’s wine production is concentrated in Ontario. Icewine is its unique selling point.

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