National Wine Day

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2024 DateMay 25, 2024
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National Wine Day History

National Wine Day is a celebration dedicated to cherishing the rich history and cultural significance of wine. This day provides an opportunity for Canadians to raise a glass with friends and family while exploring and appreciating the various wine offerings from not only Canada, but also around the world. This day is an invitation to sample diverse wine varieties, learn about new vineyards and support local wineries, particularly as the Canadian wine industry continues to gain global recognition for its quality and innovation.

Though the official origins of National Wine Day remain largely unknown, the tradition of winemaking itself dates back thousands of years. For Canadians, wine production began in the 1800s, predominantly in Ontario and British Columbia. Today, the country boasts over 700 wineries and has solidified its place on the world stage with award-winning wines, such as the renowned Canadian Icewine, which enjoy international acclaim. National Wine Day also provides an opportunity to explore Canadian vineyards, discover indigenous grape varieties and celebrate the unique terroir found in our own backyard.

In Canada, National Wine Day is observed each year on May 25th. This day serves as a reminder to embrace the joy of uncorking a bottle of wine and build lifelong connections with wine lovers around the nation.

National Wine Day facts

  • According to Statista, the estimated global wine consumption in 2022 was 232 million hectoliters, or 6.1 billion gallons.
  • The top countries in terms of wine consumption per capita include Vatican City, Andorra, Croatia, Portugal, and France.
  • Terroir refers to the combination of factors that influence the characteristics of a wine, including the soil, climate, altitude, and other environmental factors specific to the vineyard where the grapes are grown.
  • Canada produces over 20 million cases of wine annually, with the largest wine producing regions being Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.
  • Ontario's Niagara region is known for producing high-quality Chardonnay, Riesling, and Cabernet Franc wines, while British Columbia's Okanagan Valley is known for producing bold and full-bodied red wines.

Top things to do in Canada for National Wine Day

  • National Wine day is an excellent opportunity to plan a trip to a vineyard to do some wine tasting! Wine tasting is a very sophisticated way to try all of the various kinds of wine that a vineyard has to offer.
  • Visit your local wine store and purchase your favorite wine. They may be offering specials or deals to celebrate the day.
  • Check out a documentary about thw wine industry in Canada. Here are our top picks:
    1. Wine Confidential - This documentary series delves into the Canadian wine industry, with a specific focus on the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. It uncovers the stories of the people behind the production of quality wine and the challenges they face.
    2. CBC's The Nature of Things: The Wine Doctor - David Suzuki travels to Canada's Niagara wine region, where he explores how scientists use cutting-edge technology to make better wine.
    3. Valley of Wine - A documentary that showcases the Okanagan Valley, the heart of British Columbia's wine country, and the winemakers who are putting it on the map.
  • Celebrate National Wine Day by making a wine-infused dish. Here are our suggestions: Coq au Vin (chicken cooked in red wine), Beef Bourguignon (beef stew in red wine sauce), and Risotto al Barolo (risotto cooked in Barolo wine).

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