6 Top Quality Sparkling Wines from Canada
28th December 2015
Handsome Brut, a new sparkling wine brand hailing from Ontario, Canada, is on a mission to prove that bubbles are the perfect tipple—for any occasion. Despite it’s friendly demeanour, quality and heritage are at the heart of Handsome Brut.
Produced with 100% Ontario Chardonnay grapes in the méthode traditionelle, this VQA-approved wine is aged for two years at the locally revered Angel’s Gate Winery in the Niagara region.
L’Acadie 2007 Prestige Brut
Bruce Ewert and his Nova Scotian-born wife Pauline Scott moved their young family to Nova Scotia in 2004 and founded L’Acadie Vineyards in the Gaspereau Valley. Bruce identified that the region had great potential for crafting sparkling wine and in 2008, released the first traditional method sparkling wine in Nova Scotia.
Their 2007 Prestige Brut has won 5 awards and displays the utmost quality of L’Acadie Vineyards. Aged for 4-5 years on its yeast lees using the traditional method. Displays fine bubbles from natural fermentation in the bottle and celebrated toasty characters.
Benjamin Bridge Rosé 2011
The Benjamin Bridge vineyards are located in the heart of the Gaspereau Valley on the Bay of Fundy, where the cool climate bears an uncanny affinity with the Champagne region of France. About their sparkling wines, “They are, without question, the best sparkling wines I have tasted in Canada,” says Tony Aspler, Canada’s most renowned wine authority.
Benjamin Bridge’s Rosé 2011 is 43% Pinot Meunier, 42% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay. The palate displays the wine’s intensity with dynamic effervescence and a structured richness.
Summerhill Pyramid Cipes Brut
Summerhill Pyramid Winery, located in the Lakeshore district in Kelowna, BC, is Canada’s largest biodynamic and organic winery, producing more organic wine than the rest of the Canadian wine industry combined. In addition, Summerhill is Canada’s most visited winery and foremost producer of sparkling wine.
Cipes Brut is a blend of approximately 65% Riesling, 25% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Blanc. Accolades: Gold Medal: 2012 All Canadian Wine Championships, 92 Points: Beppi Crosariol, Globe and Mail
Haywire wines are made at Okanagan Crush Pad winery in Summerland, BC, where owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie established Switchback Vineyard in 2007. The wines are made by Matt Dumayne with guidance from Italian consulting winemaker Alberto Antonini.
Their signature wines are traditional method sparkling wines.
Cave Spring Blancs de Blancs NV
Cave Spring is nestled along a gently sloping terrace of the Niagara Escarpment. Overlooking Lake Ontario, this area known as the Beamsville Bench has proven ideal for cool-climate viticulture.
Their 100% Chardonnay sparkling won the coveted Lieutenant Governer’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wine. The wine is medium in body and quite rich in feel overall, the palate bursts forth with a tight, vivacious mousse and a seductive kiss of sweetness.
Glass of Bubbly
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