Muscat Wines of Canada
Apart from Icewine not many outstanding wines were produced in Canada prior to 1990. This, of course, has changed and Canada is now making many acceptable and a few outstanding wines.

Only a few regions in Canada are suitable for European wine grapes and many hybrids are grown.. Ontario and British Columbia are the two main wine growing areas in Canada.

The Muscat grape is not widely grown in Canada. There are a few Nova Scotia and Ontario wineries that grow the hybrid New York Muscat grape. Muscat Ottonel has established itself in several wineries in Ontario and British Columbia and there are very small plantings of Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains and the black Muscat Hamburg across the country.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Blue Grouse Vineyards
Black Muscat

Blue Grouse makes a wine called Black Muscat. The aromatic dry red wine is aged in American oak barrels. The final product is exotic with a powerful aroma. The winemaker suggests that it be enjoyed with dishes like foie gras.

Calona  Vineyards
Sovereign Opal
This winery grows a Muscat hybrid grape developed exclusively for them by Agriculture Canada, called Sovereign Opal, a cross between Marechal Foch and Golden Muscat. The wine 2008 vintage is described as "exotic flowers, papaya, melon and passion-fruit aromas leap from the glass of this truly one of a kind wine". (Quote from the winery website)

Hillside Estate Winery
Muscat Ottonel 2009
This wine is made from 100% Muscat Ottonel grapes grown by the winery. It is the only wine of its kind produced in the Okanagan Valley. Comments on the wine include: "luscious sweet-edged", "fresh and nicely vegetal", "Lovely floral aromas and hint of spice". The winery suggests that it pairs perfectly with Thai food .

JOIE FARM
Muscat 2009
Varietal: Moscato Giallo (Yellow Muscat)
"The wine exhibits a classic Muscat nose, spsicy and grapey, like the white pepper aroma of freesia flowers. The structure of the wine is light medium bodied and slightly off dry with mouth watering acidity. The nose carries through to the palate where flavours of ripe peach, orange blossom and lemon drop candies are realized. The finish is long and satisfying, as juicy white peach suddenly delivers the Okanagan Valley hallmark|" (Quotes from the winery website)

L.a Frenz Winery
Alexandria.
"
This wine has so much fruit and concentration that is is just an explosion of flavor, akin to eating freshly picked Muscat grapes (only better)....The wine is a kaleidoscope of tropical fruits, lychee, and musk. The fermentation was stopped to retain natural sweetness making it the perfect pairing with spicy foods or simply chilled for that special moment." (Quotes from winery website)

NV Liqueur Muscat
A fortified Muscat, in the style made internationally famous by the Rutherglen area of Australia, "The wine is produced in a traditional solera system meaning the average age of the blend is getting progressively older. Every year's release has a percentage of our first vintage in 1999. It has beautiful flavors of caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon, muscat fruit with that lovely sweet, power and complexity that can only come from time." (Quote from the winery website)

NOVA SCOTIA

Domaine de Grande Pre
Vintner's Reserve Muscat 2008
This intensely aromatic wine displays spicy notes of cloves and apricots together the fruitiness of orange blossom and strawberries. Long, balanced and elegant, enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or with spicy Asian cuisine.

New York Muscat Ice Wine
This Ice wine has been left to ferment in cask, producing a complex and layered wine. It displays rich notes of papaya, preserved peach, dried apricot and Bartlett pear, in perfect balance with a crisp lively acidity that lingers on the palette. Enjoy these great flavours on their own or to compliment dessert and cheese

Fortified White Wine
This wine displays interesting notes of dried fruit, apple, candied apricot, honey and oak and offers a pleasing balance of sweetness, acidity and tannins with a long lingering finish. Enjoy this rare treat on its own, to cheeses or a variety of desserts (Information obtained from winery website)


JOST Vineyards
Eagle Tree Muscat
Silver Medal winner at 2009 All-Canadian Wine Championships
The Eagle Tree Muscat is made from the "New York Muscat" grape variety, grown extensively in Nova Scotia. The full flavour and pronounced bouquet of the Eagle Tree Muscat make it an ideal wine with many spicy oriental dishes, lobster, and heavy stews. It is also the best wine for steaming mussels, giving them a wonderful flavour.

Muscat Ice Wine
Jost Vineyard's 2005 Muscat Ice Wine was made from Nova Scotia Grown New York Muscat grapes that had frozen on the vine. Harvested and pressed in December 2005 while temperatures hovered between -8C to -14C, only a few sweet drops of juice from each berry (high in sugar, flavour and balance giving acidity) were extracted and then carefully vinted under cool conditions. The unique dessert wine that emerged has complex flavours and fragrances full of apricot and citrus just waiting to be enjoyed. (Information obtained from winery website)