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National Wine Awards of Canada

The 20th National Wine Awards of Canada wrapped up in early October in Penticton, B.C., fittingly judging a record-setting number of wines from coast to coast. It’s been an amazing two-decade journey for the most respected and important Canadian wine competition. The week-long tasting is but a snapshot of Canadian wine, yet like old family photos, much has changed over two decades. The inaugural competition in 2001 drew 528 wines from 71 wineries, judged by eight men. In 2021, 26 judges — 14 men and 12 women — tasted 2,075 entries from more than 260 wineries. 



Publishing Schedule

Category Publication Date
Sparkling October 21, 2021
Gamay October 29, 2021
Pinot Gris October 29, 2021
Rosé October 29, 2021
Chardonnay November 1, 2021
Pinot Noir November 1, 2021
Sauvignon Blanc November 2, 2021
Syrah November 2, 2021
Riesling November 2, 2021
Red Blends November 3, 2021
White Blends November 3, 2021
Cabernet Sauvignon November 4, 2021
Cabernet Franc November 4, 2021
Merlot November 4, 2021
Other Single Red Varieties November 5, 2021
Other Single White Varieties November 5, 2021
Orange Wine November 5, 2021
Cider, Ice Cider November 8, 2021
Meads, Fruit Wine & Fortified November 9, 2021
Icewine, Late Harvest November 9, 2021
Platinums November 10, 2021
Best Performing Small Winery November 11, 2021
Winery of the Year & Top 25 November 12, 2021


National Wine Awards of Canada

Buyer’s Guide to Canada’s Best Wines 2020
2019 National Wine Awards of Canada
2018 National Wine Awards of Canada
Résultats complets du Concours 2018 (en français)
2017 National Wine Awards of Canada
Résultats complets du Concours 2017 (en français)
2016 National Wine Awards of Canada
2015 National Wine Awards of Canada
2014 National Wine Awards of Canada
2013 National Wine Awards of Canada

World Wine Awards of Canada

2015 World Wine Awards of Canada
2014 World Wine Awards of Canada 
2013 World Wine Awards of Canada


Annual photos WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada

Penticton, British Columbia, October 2021

 

Prince Edward County, Ontario, June 2019

 

NWAC18 Judges & Key Staff
Penticton, British Columbia, June 2018

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Wolfville, Nova Scotia, June 2017

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Penticton, British Columbia, June 2016

NWAC15 Judges Group

Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 2015

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Penticton, British Columbia, June 2014

Team Shot
Niagara On The Lake, Ontario, June 2013



Guide to Canada’s Best Wines

Each summer since 2001, The WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada had been taking the pulse of Canada’s wine quality by assembling over 20 judges from several provinces to taste almost 2000 wines over five days. In 2020 we couldn’t safely do that. Instead, we asked Canada’s wineries to pre-select what they deemed to be their best wines, and send them to our Toronto office for tasting by five Ontario WineAlign judges and critics. We received 860 wines in 15 categories, and tasted them – physically distanced – over a five-week period in October and November. The result is a comprehensive guide to Canada’s best wines.

Canada’s Best Wines:

Cabernet Franc
Chardonnay
Riesling
Sparkling
Gamay
Cabernet Sauvignon
Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
Pinot Gris/Grigio
Rosé
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Single White Varieties (All Others)
White Blends
Single Red Varieties (All Others)
Red Blends
Syrah
Icewine, Ciders & Other Sweet and Fortified

From left: Janet Dorozynski, John Szabo, Michael Godel, Sara d’Amato, David Lawrason