The country’s largest competition of Canadian wines has announced the 2018 results and wineries from Ontario earned 10 spots on the list of Top 25 Wineries in Canada.
The WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC) received 1,850 wines from 257 wineries from seven provinces in 2018 and assembled a panel of “Canada’s leading wine writers, trade buyers and sommeliers to evaluate the current crop of 100% Canadian grown and made wines and ciders.”
While the top spot was awarded to a vineyard from British Columbia, Ontario represents half of the top 10 including Two Sisters Vineyards which was awarded the Best Performing Small Winery of the Year.
Here are the winners of top 25 Wineries in Canada in 2018.
1. Road 13 Vineyards, British Columbia (Winery of the Year)
2. Tawse Winery, Ontario
3. Redstone Winery, Ontario
3. Two Sisters Vineyards, Ontario (Best Performing Small Winery of the Year)
5. Nk’Mip Cellars, British Columbia
6. Hidden Bench Estate Winery, Ontario
7. Cedar Creek Estate Winery, British Columbia
8. Bench 1775, British Columbia
9. Thirty Bench Wine Makers, Ontario
10. Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards, British Columbia
11. Meyer Family Vineyards, British Columbia
12. Trius Winery, Ontario
13. Stag’s Hollow Winery, British Columbia
14. Magnotta Winery, Ontario
15. Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, British Columbia
16. Bordertown Vineyard, British Columbia
17. Kew Vineyards Estate Winery, Ontario
18. Peller Estates Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
19. Mission Hill Family Estate, British Columbia
20. Red Rooster Winery, British Columbia
21. Flat Rock Cellars, Ontario
22. Painted Rock Estate Winery, British Columbia
23. Corcelettes Estate Winery, British Columbia
24. Orofino Vineyards, British Columbia
25. Thornhaven Estates Winery, British Columbia
Entries were organized into flights by grape variety or style but were all served blind meaning that the producer, origin, and price of each wine were not revealed to the judging panel.
According to Wine Align, “judges only tasted a limited quantity of wines each day so their palates could stay fresh and focused, and the wines were served in high-quality Zwilling glasses at just the right temperature. All this was to ensure that each wine was treated with the respect it deserves.”
Nearly 40% of all wines that entered were awarded medals.