Five Canadian Fruit Wines to Try

Toast the season with one of these refreshing sips 

Across Canada, a growing number of winemakers are doing the unexpected—producing fruit wines

that are dry, complex and surprisingly grown up. From coast to coast, here are some top picks for

going beyond the grape.

Omerto Moelleux, Baie-Saint-Paul, Que.

Billed as the world’s first tomato winemaker, Domaine de La Vallée du Bras uses three types of organic heirloom tomatoes in its aperitif-style Omerto wines. Made from an 80-year-old family recipe, the Moelleux has a richness reminiscent of ice wine, but it achieves greater balance thanks to the acidity of the tomatoes, which owner Pascal Miche grows onsite at the winery.

Northern Lights Heritage Haskap, Prince George, B.C.

B.C.’s northernmost winery, Northern Lights Estate Winery uses local berries, apples, rhubarb and other fruits with unexpected results. Its flagship blend, Heritage Haskap, is made from a blend of B.C. blueberries and haskap. The berries are aged in Hungarian oak, producing a deep, black cherry-coloured wine that calls to mind the intensity of a Cabernet. 

Rustic Roots Pippin, Cawston, B.C.

The Okanagan may be one of Canada’s top regions for grape wines, but, in the lesser-known Similkameen Valley to the south, the alternative varietals are definitely worth checking out on your next trip to B.C. wine country. Rustic Roots Winery uses organic pippin apples and organic nectarines to produce Pippin, a crisp, dry bubbly with floral notes. 

Luckett Vineyards Scarlett, Wolfville, N.S.

One of the top vineyards in Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia’s Luckett Vineyards is also producing fruit wines that are sophisticated and downright sippable. On the sweeter side of off-dry, Scarlett is a delightfully nuanced and aromatic option made from apples and cranberries grown in the Annapolis Valley. 

Wolf Willow Winery Cherry wine, Saskatoon, Sask.

If you’re expecting something sweet as pie from this cherry wine, you’re in for a dry, crisp surprise. Made from Romeo and Carmine Jewel dwarf sour cherries bred at the University of Saskatchewan, this deep rosé wine has strong cherry aromas, with undertones of rose and almond, but its refreshing, tart flavour is best matched with savoury fare.