• Grape Grower of the Year 2014-2015

    Kevin Buis
    Glenlake Orchards
    On behalf of the Grape Growers of Ontario we congratulate Kevin Buis on being chosen Grape King for the year 2014-2015.

  • Grape Growers of Ontario’s 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon

    Rick Hansen inspired a crowd of more than 300 at the Grape Growers of Ontario's 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon on September 17th. The event is in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. Follow the link to event photos.


  • Grape Growers of Ontario Welcome You to WineONtour.ca

    Map your route to Ontario wineries with Grape Growers of Ontario's wineONtour.ca.  Customize your tour by winery name, location, wine style or varietal.


  • Growing Forward 2 Capacity Building & Implementation

     Growing Forward 2 (GF2) applications and program guides for Producer Implementation funding assistance are available. Next Intake will open November 10, 2014 and close December 11, 2014. Capacity building applications can be submitted at any time.


CUVEE 2015

One of Canada’s most sought-after wine events, the 27th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting has been set for Friday Feb. 27, 2015 at Fallsview Casino Resort.

Over the past 26 years, Cuvée has become one of the most prestigious celebrations of Ontario wine. Now as the event evolves, proceeds will go to support the industry it showcases.  Organized by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University, money raised from Cuvée 2015 will support student bursaries and research that will benefit the Ontario grape and wine industry.

The Cuvée Grand Tasting on Feb. 27 will feature Ontario’s best VQA wines as well as food prepared by local chefs at live cooking stations.

The Cuvée en Route passport program will run at participating wineries from Feb. 27 to March 1 and showcase exclusive tasting flights.
Tickets for the Cuvée 2015 wine weekend are on sale now.    Learn more at: cuvee.ca   Email: info@cuvee.ca


Irrigation workshops, planned as part of the Water Adaptation Management Quality Initiative (WAMQI) are being offered at No Charge to Ontario apple, tender fruit and grape growers.  These free, half-day workshops include lunch and a take-home manual. 

Rebecca Shortt, OMAFRA Water Specialist, will lead the workshops and take growers through a step-by-step process to optimize farm irrigation water use. By the end of the workshop session you will know:

  1. Your farm water requirements
  2. Your plant water requirements
  3. Your preferred irrigation scheduling tools and techniques
  4. How long to run your system and how to schedule for cooler days and various crop growth stages.

Improving system management can save you money and conserve water.

Workshop dates and locations follow:


Source: Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, October 2014

Are you looking to keep up to date on the latest food safety practices? Want to assess your operation and identifying areas where you might be at risk for a food safety hazard?

Join us for any or all of the food safety webinars, covering a variety of important food safety topics including:

  • October 16, 2014: Recall and Traceability
  • October 30, 2014 Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • November 13, 2014: Pre and Post-Harvest Water
  • November 27, 2014: Soil Amendments
  • January 2015 (exact date TBD): Worker Practices

During each webinar, we dscuss on-farm food safety risks and the good agricultural practices (GAPs) that can be used to mitigate those risks. Growing Forward 2 funding opportunities are also discussed, including how to assess your operation and work towards a food safety action plan.

All workshops are offered as free webinars online, taken from the comfort of your home or business. All you need is an Internet connection and phone.

To register, please visit: http://registration.wildapricot.org/food_safety?EventViewMode=1&EventListViewMode=1

For more information contact foodsafety@ontariosoilcrop.org or phone 1-800-265-9751.


October 2, 2014
Source Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs’ publications

If you are using propane cannons, remember to operate them only when birds are feeding (dawn to dusk) which starts at about 30 minutes before sunrise, and ends about 30 minutes after sunset, since there is enough light for birds to forage. It is considered normal farm practice to operate between this period, but never operate propane-fired-bird-scaring cannons, or electronic bird scarers outside of this time period.  Other points to remember as you try to keep the birds at bay:

New Huron County Winery Launch

Source: Blackburn News, October 2014

Ontario’s newest wine region could soon be Huron County.


It is with great sadness that the Grape Growers of Ontario learned of the passing of Tom Greensides in his 69th year on Tuesday, September 23. Tom was Chair of the Ontario Grape Growers' Marketing Board (GGO) from 1992-1995, Vice Chair from 1989-1992 and 1995-1996, and a Director from 1980-1996. Tom was also Past President of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, Past President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Past President of the Grimsby Chamber of Commerce, a speaker for the Canadian Mental Health Association and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #212 in Beamsville.

Tom will be missed by his wife Gayle, his children Harold Greensides (Karen), John Greensides (Tracey), David Vickers (Kelly), Michael Vickers (Shirl-Lynn) and his grandchildren Amanda, Michael, Brianna, Shaylah, Jacob, Alexander, Meghan, Kayla, Alexis and Kaitlyn as well as his siblings and many nieces and nephews.

A Service of Remembrance was  held at Caistor Centre Free Methodist Church,  Caistor Centre, on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be sincerely appreciated by the family. 



View Lynn Crawford's Ontario Wine Country Tour superb videos of Niagara, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward county here

From September 14 to October 11, 2014, the LCBO is presenting its annual month-long promotion of Ontario wines in partnership with the Ontario wine and grape industry.

The 2014 VQA campaign, Taste Local, is about celebrating Ontario’s quality wines, craft beers and ciders, foods, and talent. The promotion showcases 173 Ontario VQA wines (made from 100% Ontario grapes) from more than 30 Ontario wineries in 466 LCBO stores.  Running concurrently, “Fall Savings” promotes International Canadian Blends products by offering limited time offers and bonus Air Miles.


Year-end application deadline

If you submit your AgriStability application after the deadline, your AgriStability benefit will be subject to a deduction. Deductions are calculated as shown below:

  • If you submit your application 1 month after the deadline (between July 1 and July 31), $500 will be deducted from your AgriStability benefit.
  • If you submit your application 2 months after the deadline (between August 1 and August 31), $1000 will be deducted from your AgriStability benefit.
  • If you submit your application 3 months after the deadline (between September 1 and September 30), $1500 will be deducted from your AgriStability benefit.

September 30 is the final deadline to submit your year-end application. Deductions are only applicable for the year your application was submitted and does not carry over to future program years.  Deductions only apply when a benefit is generated and will not exceed your full AgriStability payment.

Click here for the full list of  AgriStability deadlines is available from Agricorp

Taste Local During LCBO's Month-Long Ontario Wine Promotion

Source: LCBO, September 2014

Together with Wine Country Ontario, LCBO presents Taste Local, the 2014 Ontario wine promotion running at LCBO stores across the province until October 11. This year's promotion – the largest of the year - is not just about sharing the pride of locally-produced wines from three of Ontario's distinctive wine regions -- it's about discovering and celebrating all things local.