• Grape Grower of the Year 2014-2015

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


  • Seasons Greetings


    Share your favourite Ontario VQA wine this holiday season.

    The Grape Growers of Ontario wish you a safe and happy holiday season ... Please drink responsibly.


  • 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.


Sponsorship and Research Requests Due Before December 31, 2014

Any organizations applying for funding from the Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) for promotion, sponsorship and/or research are required to adhere to the following requirements:

All requests for funding must:

  1. be submitted to the GGO prior to December 31st of each year;
  2. any promotional funds granted to organizations in the amount of $10,000 or more require accountant prepared annual financial statements for the funding year, to be provided to the GGO by the recipient prior to December 31st of each year.  Audited financial statements may be requested for funding grants greater than $20,000;
                                              3. and projects must align with the GGO’s strategic priorities.

Please submit your funding request with financial statements if required by email to info@grapegrowersofontario.com or by fax at 905-688-3211. For further information, please contact Gillian at 905-688-0990 ext. 224 or email gillian@grapegrowersofontario.com.

Prince Edward County Named One of Best Places to Travel in 2015

Travel & Leisure has named Prince Edward County one of the top 10 places to travel in 2015.

Cross Montauk, NY, with California’s Napa Valley circa 1970, and you get Prince Edward County, a tiny wine-producing region that’s becoming a haven for creative types. It’s within a four-hour drive from either Montreal or Toronto and just welcomed the lakeside Drake Devonshire, a high-design spinoff of the edgy Drake Hotel in Toronto’s Queen West. Stop at some of the 40-plus area wineries for affordable tastings of Burgundy-style Pinot Noirs; take a detour to Sandbanks Provincial Park, a gorgeous white-sand beach with sweeping dunes; and stroll down Main Street in Bloomfield (population: 687), with its boutiques and the raved-about ice cream parlor, Slickers. On lucky nights, you’ll even catch a glimpse of the northern lights. —Nikki Ekstein

Source:  Travel and Leisure

Grape Growers of Ontario Embrace eGrape

Dec 15, 2014 | Crush Magazine

eGrape is the latest evolution of data management systems developed by the Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO). Since launching Vitis, an extensive vineyard GIS/GPS mapping project in 2004, Grape Growers of Ontario has taken a leadership role in supporting traceability initiatives and facilitating information gathering on behalf of its members.

eGrape is designed as a cloud-based system that allows both growers and processors to quickly enter and access data. Users have a single point of access to the system and are now able to manage their account information, enter data and generate reports with a single password.

“From a grape and wine industry standpoint, eGrape improves traceability by combining information currently housed in multiple stand-alone systems,” says Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of Grape Growers of Ontario. “But more importantly, it provides a useful vineyard management tool for our members.”

Icewine Festival transforms Wine Country Ontario into a Winter Wonderland

(Niagara, Ontario)  ̶   As the temperatures begin to drop in Wine Country Ontario, winemakers prepare for the Icewine harvest while they watch in anticipation of the necessary - 8o C required for picking.  It’s an exciting time and visitors from all over the world have begun to anticipate the start of Niagara’s Icewine Festival. While the harvest date of Icewine changes every year, the time for its biggest celebration is always the same, taking place over three weeks in January, right in the heart of Niagara.

The Icewine Festival is a unique celebration, where consumers have the opportunity to discover and enjoy Canada’s most distinctive and delicious wine. During this special time, wine enthusiasts, cocktail fans, foodies and music lovers can all choose from a collection of Icewine related events reflecting the authentic and local flavours of Ontario.

Changes to Farm Licence Plate Requirements

Starting January 1, 2015, vehicle owners wishing to purchase or attach farm plates to a new commercial vehicle over 3000 kg will need to provide documentation to demonstrate that they have a farm business.

Only those clients purchasing or attaching new farm plates to a vehicle will be required to show proof of farm business as of January 1, 2015. The new requirements will not affect any current farm plate owners who are renewing their farm plates.

VQA Ontario Newsletter - Dec 2014

The VQA Ontario December Newsletter contains information on:

  1. VQA Ontario holiday office hours
  2. LCBO Wine samples for the week of January 5th
  3. Late Harvest and Icewine Grape Registration - Reminder to enter your harvest information
  4. Status of Pending Regulation Changes
    -Permitting use of all appellations in association with non-glass containers (subject to wine meeting other requirements for the appellation
    -creating a new sub-appellation "South Islands" for the area within Pelee Township
  5. 2015-2016 Generic VQA Marketing Program

For full newsletter:

AAC Celebrates 19 Years of Effective Program Delivery

December 11, 2014, GUELPH, ON -The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) celebrated 19 years of effective program delivery during the AAC's Annual General Meeting (AGM.) This successful event was held on December 11, 2014, at the Hanlon Convention Centre in Guelph, Ontario.
Debbie Reed, Executive Director, Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, was the keynote speaker. Debbie provides strategic and collaborative leadership based on agriculture land use change and global climate change. She is involved with collaboration and consensus building to develop and support voluntary, incentive-based approaches for the agricultural sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while enhancing profitability and production of food, feed and fiber. Debbie's AGM presentation focused on sustainable agriculture supply chain initiatives. She stressed the importance of adapting and the presence of innovation throughout the supply chain; to "align your bottom line with others 'triple-bottom lines' and to not be squeezed."

OFA wants industrial electricity rates extended to farms

December 5, 2014 | OFA Commentary
By Peggy Brekveld, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

One of the biggest costs of running a farm is energy. Ontario farmers are increasingly concerned about the rising costs of energy required to operate their farm businesses. Energy costs are making Ontario farms less competitive domestically and in the global market.

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) heard a number of concerns about soaring on-farm energy costs that reaffirm OFA’s continued lobby for competitively priced energy.  OFA’s push is two-fold: for the expansion of natural gas throughout rural Ontario, and for the lowering of on-farm electricity rates by adopting an industrial and farm rate for Ontario.

The OFA and its industry partners are encouraged by the Ontario government’s recent investment in natural gas expansion with $200 million in loans and $30 million in grants over two years. This is the start of a powerful investment in rural Ontario Infrastructure. Access to natural gas will significantly lower on-farm energy costs for many.

But the need doesn’t end there.  Farmers are still faced with rising electricity costs.

GGO Branded Clothing Available - Jackets and Toques

Attention Growers and Wineries! Now available at the GGO - embroidered jackets.  Each jacket has a Grape Growers of Ontario logo and can be personalized with your name.  These soft shell jackets are wind and water resistant and machine washable.  Mens sizes are insulated.  $125 mens sizes, $95 ladies sizes including HST.

Made in Canada Toques – just in time for winter – only $15!!
100% acrylic fine knit toque with cuff. One size fits all. Available in Black, Navy and Grey.
Toque has 100% Grown by Grape Growers of Ontario logo on front with “We Grow the Wines You Love” slogan on the back. $15 including HST and embroidery:

Order by calling the office at 905 688-0990 or email mjcombe@grapegrowersofontario.com.

Appassimento Chamber

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's Appassimento Chamber is one step closer to market.

See full story in VRIC's Winter Newsletter