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.

In addition to the individual medal winners, we have also awarded Winery of the YearBest Performing Small Winery, Top 25 Wineries in Canada, Top 10 BC Wineries, Top 10 Ontario Wineries, and Top 10 Small Wineries.

Click on the medals below to review the list of medal winning wines.

You can also review the style and grape variety categories presented in alphabetical order. Each medal winning wine is linked to its individual page on WineAlign. Platinum, Gold and Silver wines will also have reviews from individual judges.

Winners by Medal:


Medal winners by category:

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Fruit Wine
Icewine, Late Harvest & Fortified
Mead and other non-fruit wine
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
Pinot Noir
Red Blends
Red Single Varietals
Sauvignon Blanc
Tidal Bay
White Single Varietals
White Blends



Judges and Organizers

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