Regulation - Minister

VQA Sparkling Wines

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999
Summary of Decision:
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
September 12, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
The proposed amendments would remove inconsistencies among the three categories of sparkling wines and support consumer expectations.

The three categories of sparkling wines would become:

1. Base category of sparkling wine - to replace the Aromatic category. For this category, there would be no production restriction on grape varieties or aging. However, labelling would be restricted to only "VQA Ontario" (viticultural areas and sub-appellations would not be allowed) and the method of production could not be declared unless the wine meets additional requirements specified for each method (i.e., traditional, classical, fermented in the bottle, cuve close, charmat).

2. Traditional / Classical Method

3. Cuve Close / Charmat Method
Contact Address:
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Public Safety Branch
56 Wellesley St. W., 6th Fl.
Toronto, ON M7A 1C1
Effective Date:
March 8, 2017