2023 National Wine Awards of Canada

The 2023 National Wine Awards of Canada wrapped up in Penticton, B.C. on June 28. In total, 23 judges from across Canada, plus one judge from California, tasted 1,930 entries from 255 Canadian wineries.

Stay tuned for information regarding the 2024 awards. Registration will begin on April 1.

Publishing Schedule
 July 14   Sparkling
 July 17   Red Blends & White Blends
 July 18   Orange, Rosé & Pinot Gris/Grigio
 July 19   Gamay, Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
 July 20   Other Red & White Single Varieties, Viognier & Gewurztraminer
 July 21   Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah & Riesling
 July 24   Cider, Mead, Fruit Wine & Fortified, Icewine & Late Harvest
 July 25   Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot
 July 26   Platinums
 July 27   Best Performing Small Winery & Top 10 Small Wineries
 July 28   Winery of the Year & Top 25 Wineries & Top 10 B.C. & Top 10 Ontario

Take a sneak peek into the backroom with a time-lapse of the set up. It took three days and many hard-working volunteers and staff to set up all the wines!

NWAC 2023 Time-lapse

NWAC 2023 Judges and Staff

National Wine Awards of Canada

2022 National Wine Awards of Canada
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

NWAC 2022 Judges and Admin Staff

Penticton, British Columbia, October 2021

 

Prince Edward County, Ontario, June 2019

 

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

NWAC17_Judges&KeyStaff

Wolfville, Nova Scotia, June 2017

2016-nwac-judges-and-staff

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