Celebrate the everyday by popping open a bottle of VQA sparkling!
Ontario’s cool climate and limestone rich soils produce some of the world’s best sparkling wines. In search of the perfect pairing? Ontario VQA bubbly is incredibly versatile and pairs well with almost anything so it’s easy to match with any cuisine. From dry or “brut”, to sweet or ”demi-sec”, traditional or charmat method, there is a VQA sparkling wine for everyone to enjoy!
“Ontario bubbles have little to envy. After a big tasting of VQA sparkling wines, I’m convinced more than ever that Ontario has the potential to produce, and is already producing, quality wines of the caliber that should make the champenois quiver in their standard-issue vigneron coveralls.”
– John Szabo
Ontario has been a draw for serious sparkling winemakers as far back as 1974 when the Podamer Champagne Company first made Chardonnay-based Traditional Method wines. But the market for serious sparkling did not develop until the late 1990s and early 2000s when Niagara wineries like 13th Street, Henry of Pelham, Trius and Cave Spring Cellars equipped themselves to make sparkling that was fermented and aged in bottle. By the 2004 vintage, Huff Estates in Prince Edward County, led by French-trained winemaker Frédéric Picard, had realized the potential of the area’s even cooler climate and limestone soils. They were followed quickly by Hinterland, who focuses on sparkling winemaking in Prince Edward County. As the thirst for high-quality sparkling expands, so does its production, with over 100 wineries in Ontario now making bubbly.