The Wineries and Wines Behind Winemaking in Canada

 

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  • Black Hamburg Muscatel grapes grown in Nova Scotia in the mid 1800's

  • Canadian Vine Growers Association established 1860 by Henry Parker and Justin D Coutenay sold wines from the Clair House Assets sold to Fred Marsh Winery Limited 1929

  • Artist rendition of Clair House
    Artist rendition of Clair House

  • Clair House name of the wines sold by Count Justin M. de Courtenay  around 1864. It became the largest brand in Ontario . Credit with been the first commercial vineyard and winery in Canada. Wine was sold under the label of “Chateau Clair Wines”. The vineyard grew to encompass more than 88 acres of land, and Chateau
    Clair Wines won first prize in the 1867 Paris Exposition and the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial. Vines from Chateau Clair are also historically attributed to saving the wine industry in France. In the 1860s, French grapes were attacked by blight, to which controls proved ineffective. Count de Courtenay is accredited with sending grape vines from Chateau Clair, which proved to be resistant to the disease, to France to revitalize French vineyards. Many of the world-famous French vineyards today owe their establishment to vines grown in Cooksville by Johann Schiller*

  • Ontario Grape Growing and Wine Manufacturing 1873 in Barnesdale ( now called St Catherines)associated with George Barnes . It became the Barnes Wine Ltd 1934.

  • Barnes Wines Established in 1873 sold to Grimsby Wines in 1932 The brand names lasted until the1980's It was known as Canada's oldest continuous winery. Barnes bought the licence's of Fort William Wine Co and Sunnybank Winery . Grimsby sold to Parksdale Wines Limite 1966
T.G. Bright and Company Ltd

Niagara Falls Wine Co founded in 1874 by Frederick Shirriff and Thomas Brigh in Toronto moved Niagara Falls and became T.G. Bright and Company Ltd. in 1911


  • Niagara Falls Wine Co founded in 1874 by Frederick Shirriff and Thomas Bright in Toronto moved Niagara Falls and became T.G. Bright and Company Ltd. in 1911

  • St Augustine Communion Wine. J .S. Hamilton & Co. which had started on Pelee Island in 1871.
    Hamilton had one wine of note: St Augustine Communion Wine. In 1929, the Anglican Bishop of Montréal had proclaimed: I know of no other wine wine equal to it for sacramental purposes.

  • Turner Wine Company founded by Robert Turner in Branford 1885 His best known product was Turner Tonic Bitters. Moved to Toronto in 1890 Purchased the assets and stock of Hamilton Niagara Wines Ltd in 1937. Ceased doing business Dec 1977.


  • Cooksville Wine Valuts 1880 owned by Frank Thomas bought by London Winery Ltd 1946


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