• Grape Growers of Ontario Welcome You to WineONtour.ca

      Grape Growers of Ontario has just launched our new Ontario wine route planner…wineONtour.ca… Use wineOntour.ca to create your own route to tour, enjoy, and share your Ontario wine experiences.


  • Growing Forward 2 Capacity Building & Implementation

      Growing Forward 2 (GF2) applications and program guides for Producer Implementation funding assistance are available. Year Two second Intake will open August 4, 2014 and close August 28, 2014. Capacity building applications can be submitted at any time.


  • Grape Grower of the Year 2013-2014

    Wes Wiens
    Wiens Family Farms
    On behalf of the Grape Growers of Ontario we congratulate Wes Wiens on being chosen Grape King for the year 2013-2014.


Making Natural Connections Across Ontario's Greenbelt

From guided tours and workshops in Northumberland County to engaging landowners in Hamilton-Burlington’s Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark, the latest projects from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation continue to support the viability and protection of Ontario’s vast and world leading Greenbelt.

‘Man in Motion’ Rick Hansen to speak at Grape Growers of Ontario’s 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Grape Growers of Ontario, in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, are pleased to announce that Rick Hansenwill be the speaker at the 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon which kicks off the 63rd Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 17th at 11:30 a.m. 

Onley hails Niagara's wine ascendance

Source: St. Catharines Standard, July 2014

David Onley’s long connection to Niagara has let him to witness its agricultural transformation.

In a Wednesday tour of Malivoire Wine Co. in Beamsville, the provincial Lieutenant Governor recounted his many trips to the area as a child.

Grape Grower Howard Staff

It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden passing of  Howard V. Staff on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the age of 71.

Howard was the 6th generation to farm his family homestead, and was an industry leader in Lincoln. Howard was one of the longest serving members of the Grape Growers of Ontario, as a member of the Growers' Committee for 38 years, and a Board Director for ten years. In 1996, Howard was nominated Grape King by his peers. The Niagara North Federation of Agriculture awarded Howard a lifetime achievement award for exemplary contribution to the agriculture community. Howard was a major contributor to Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, and was president of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and Vineland Growers Co-Operative. He has also been chair of the Lincoln Committee of Adjustment and Jordan Historical Museum as well as a commissioner of the Niagara Escarpment Commission.

Howard is survived by wife Wendy Staff, daughter Sue-Ann Staff son Howard Andrew (Drew) (married to Dana Staff), grandchildren Connor and Caitlin and other family members.

Announcement of 2014 recipients of Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is pleased to announce the recipients of the fourth annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines. The Lieutenant Governor will present the awards at a ceremony and wine-tasting reception in the viceregal suite at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, July 9 in the presence of members of the Toronto-based consular corps.

Food and beverage processors unveil fresh logo, exciting new strategy AGM

Source: Alliance of Ontario Food Processors, June 2014

It's a new name and a fresh start for former members of the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors.

At the annual general meeting and reception held here today at Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery, members voted unanimously for the new name and logo and the initiation of a new strategy.

Cool Climate Viticulture & Winemaking Industry Session

The School of Cool Cool Climate Viticulture & Winemaking Industry Session
Friday July 18 at Brock University: registration opens at 8:00am
Presented by the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University

Join special guests Tim Atkin (MW), Christy Canterbury (MW), Blake Gray (wine journalist, cool climate advocate) and ten of the brightest talents in the world of Cool Climate viticulture and winemaking as they explore three provocative topics.

2014 Grape Grower of the Year

Please submit the name of the Ontario grape grower that you feel would be an excellent candidate for the 2014 Grape Grower of the Year. This position, also recognized as the Grape King, represents an over 60‐year “Tradition of Excellence” for Ontario’s grape and wine industry. The Grape King is an ambassador for all grape growers in Ontario and represents the industry at events throughout their one‐year term.

Nomination Form

Canadian Icewine Wins First International Trophy at Decanter World Wine Awards

Source: Decanter World Wine Awards, June 2014

Inniskillin wine estate's 2012 vintage Icewine from Canada's Ontario province has scooped the coveted International Trophy for Best Sweet Wine Over £15 per bottle at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

Wine Country Ontario Expands Wine Route

Source: Wine Country Ontario, June 2014

Wine Country Ontario visitors have more choice than ever for exploring the Niagara wine region with the addition of downtown St. Catharines to its popular wine route. The Wine Route, which includes more than 500 way-finding signs placed in strategic locations throughout the wine growing regions of Ontario, provides consumers with easy navigation to wineries, restaurants, accommodations and other experiences in the area.