|Make your own wine in 28 days|
|The local wineries are just about ready to harvest|
We attempted to find out the tax rate on wine, but it varies greatly depending upon its source. For instance, a tourist bringing alcohol into the country is allowed one liter per person. If you go over that limit, and bring in another $8.00 bottle of wine for example, you will pay an additional $8.69 in taxes! Businesses that import wine and alcohol are taxed at an ever higher rate. Curiously, the more expensive the bottle of wine, the less tax percentage you will pay. (Umm... wouldn't someone who could afford that expensive bottle be in a better position to pay the tax then someone buying that $8.00 bottle?)
Locally produced wines don't seem to be any less expensive than their imported counterparts. If this is due to taxes or just premium pricing, we couldn't determine. Whatever the reason, we've been reluctant to try many Canadian wines because of the cost. If we are going to spend so much on a bottle of wine, we're going to buy something that we are familiar with and know we will enjoy. That's too bad...but we're probably not the only tourists that make that choice.