Results of the 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada

This year the National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC) were the largest in history with over 1,700 wines entered from 242 wineries from across Canada. We expect we had the largest ever collection of different Canadian wines in one room.

The wines were judged over five full days in Wolfville, Nova Scotia by 22 judges from seven provinces. The judges are all well-established wine writers and educators with broad international wine experience. We also had international guest judge Dr. Jamie Goode from the United Kingdom join us for the 4th year in a row.

The wines were all served blind (producer, origin, and price were not revealed) but identified and organized into flights by grape variety or style. The top medalists were tasted in multiple rounds by several different judges. The judges only tasted a limited quantity of wines each day so their palates could stay fresh and focused, and the wines were served in high-quality Zwilling glasses at just the right temperature. All this was to ensure that each wine was treated with the respect it deserves.

The over 1,700 entries from 242 wineries came from eight provinces. British Columbia had the highest representation with 132 wineries entered, Ontario came second with 77, followed by wineries from Nova Scotia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Prince Edward Island.

Due to the large number of top quality Canadian wines entered this year, we have decided to break the announcement of the results into more manageable pieces. Between July 17th and 28th we will be announcing a few categories a day, wrapping up on July 28th with the Canadian Winery of the Year. Please see the schedule below for announcement dates:

 Publishing  Date  Categories
 17 July 2017  Chardonnay & Gamay
 18 July 2017  Red Blends, White Blends & Tidal Bay
 19 July 2017  Rosé & Ciders
 20 July 2017  Syrah & Riesling
 21 July 2017  Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris
 24 July 2017  Whites, Cabernets & Merlot
 25 July 2017  Sparkling, Icewine, Fruit, Meads
 26 July 2017  Platinums (Top 1%)
 27 July 2017  Best Performing Small Winery
 28 July 2017  Winery of the Year & Top 25 Wineries


Judges and Organizers

Judges and organizers of the 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada. Wolfville, Nova Scotia, June 15th to 19th, 2017.