• 2015 Celebrity Luncheon

    Canadian Country Music's 'Rising New Star' Award Winner
     2015 Annual Celebrity Luncheon speaker

    Club Roma, St Catharines, ON
    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.
    Tickets are available at www.niagarawinefestival.com or
    Grape Growers of Ontario at 905 688-0990.


  • Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP)

    MVIP provides Ontario's grape growers with 35% cost-share funding to help with the cost of improvements to their production of wine grapes.

    The 2015 intake opens May 19, 2015 and is now closed. Remaining applications will be automatically entered into a priority queue for consideration for funding in the next program year.


  • 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.


  • 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.


i4c School of Cool - July 17, 2015

Special guest Matt Kramer (author, Wine Spectator contributor) will open the 2015 International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration with his keynote address at the 2015 School of Cool. Master Sommelier John Szabo returns to moderate three provocative sessions that will bring international perspectives to viticulture and winemaking in cool climate regions. A selection of library wines collected over the past four i4C events will be available to taste during lunch and the coffee breaks.

Due to demand The School of Cool, presented by Wine Country Ontario and the Grape Growers of Ontario, has moved to White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa in 2015.  Panel partners include the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University,VineTech, Kerry Canada and Riedel.

Tickets are on sale now - CLICK HERE to reserve your seat. This event sold out in 2014!
Tickets are $85+HST and includes all 3 sessions, lunch, library tastings, trade-only tasting (3pm- 5pm) and special Riedel comparative tasting.

Concetta Puglisi

The Grape Growers of Ontario extend our condolences to the Puglisi Family (Pondview Estate Winery) in the passing of Concetta Puglisi at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Thursday, June 25th.  Beloved wife of the late Giuseppe Puglisi (2003). Dearly loved mother of Mary (Joseph), Barbera, Luciano (Adriana) Puglisi and Paula Puglisi. A funeral service in celebration of her life was held on Monday, June 29th at Patterson Funeral Home.  In memory of Mrs. Puglisi, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by her family. Online condolences at www.pattersonfuneralhome.com.

2016 Cuveé Vineyard of Excellence Award -Nominations Open

Nominations are being accepted for the Grape Growers of Ontario - Cuvée Award of Excellence in Viticulture. The award will be presented at the Cuvée Grand Tasting where we showcase the best Ontario VQA wines. It is in that same spirit we take the opportunity to recognize a grower who promotes excellence in their vineyard practices.

Please take the time to make a nomination to recognize and celebrate our growers.
Click here for nomination form

Email completed nomination form to ccovi@brocku.ca by August 5, 2015.

For more information, please contact:
Barb Tatarnic
Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute
Brock University
Email:  ccovi@brocku.ca
Telephone:  905-688-5550, ext. 4652

Canadian Wines for Canada Day

June 24, 2015 | Toronto Star

From Chris Waters, Waters on Wine:  Drinking Canadian wine on Canada Day just makes sense. What better way to celebrate the bounty and innovation of talented winemakers working across the country to produce exceptional wines that taste like home?  Full Story

Niagara Native, Country Star Tim Hicks to Speak at 32nd Celebrity Luncheon

Grimsby Lincoln News | Amanda Moore| June 25, 2015

A 'great pairing' for Grape Growers celebrity luncheon

A homegrown country star will be the special guest at this year’s Grape Growers of Ontario celebrity luncheon.

Grape King Kevin Buis announced June 25 that Niagara-born Tim Hicks will be the guest of honour at this year’s luncheon — a kick off to the 64th annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.

“It’s a great pairing,” said Buis, who last weekend hosted the Niagara New Vintage Tailgate Party at his Glenlake Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake. “Great Canadian music, with great Canadian wine.”

Buis made the announcement at Mike Weir Winery to a crowd of wine industry folk, politicians, sponsors and media amid a backdrop of the growing vineyard.

Tim Hicks: Canadian Country Music’s ‘Rising New Star’ Award Winner

Tim Hicks to speak at Grape Growers of Ontario’s 2015 Annual Celebrity Luncheon

June 25, 2015
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 Tim Hicks will be the speaker at the 2015 Annual Celebrity Luncheon which kicks off the 64th Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.
The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 16th at 11:30 a.m.
“I am so pleased to see this great local country artist grow into an international success. Tim is a welcome addition to the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon on September 16,” says Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario.

                                                                                                                                                                       Photo by Denis Cahill
Tim is a Niagara native and Canada’s country music’s hottest new star; named the 2014 Canadian Country Music Awards “Rising New Star” and the Country Music Association of Ontario’s Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year in May 2015.

New Online Resource Addresses Security Issues on Ontario Farms

June 18, 2015 | Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Do you know what to do if uninvited visitors show up on your farm? If your barn had a break-in, but nothing appears to be damaged or taken, should you call the police? What kind of security lighting would be most effective around barns?

These are some of the questions answered in a new online resource available to Ontario farmers. The resource, A practical guide to on-farm security, is a joint initiative between the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and Farm & Food Care Ontario.

“Statistically, property crime rates for rural areas are low compared to urban areas, but when farm assets are under threat, the implications can be severe,” says Peter Sykanda, Farm Policy Researcher with OFA. “We wanted a resource specifically designed to provide direct advice to farmers on best management practices for keeping their farms, their assets and their families safe.”

2015 Winners of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines

June 15, 2015 | Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is pleased to announce the winners of the fifth 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 a date to be announced in due course.
Ten wines have been recognized as having attained a level of excellence. In total, 84 VQA Ontario wineries submitted 305 wines in this year’s contest. In no specific order, the winning wines for the 2015 competition are listed below.

Flat Rock Cellars : Riddled Sparkling 2009
Hernder Estate Wines : 2010 Riesling
Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate: 2013 Riesling Icewine Reserve
Peller Estates Winery: 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Signature Series
Thirty Bench Wine Makers: Small Lot Riesling ‘Wild Cask’ 2013
Flat Rock Cellars: Gravity 2012 Pinot Noir
Creekside Estate Winery: 2014 Riesling
Ravine Vineyard: 2013 Chardonnay
Peller Estates Winery: 2013 Vintage Gamay Noir Private Reserve
Rockway Vineyards: 2012 Small Lot Block 12-140 Syrah

For more information about the awards, visit www.lgontario.ca/en/honours/Pages/lgwineawards.aspx.
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John Gross
Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Ontario Kicks Off Wine Week

Ontario is promoting the province's wine industry and wine-producing regions to help boost tourism and sales of Ontario's world-class Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines.

Today, Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, kicked off Ontario Wine Week at the Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery where he also officially launched the 2015 Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide in partnership with the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario. This year, Ontario Wine Week runs from June 15 - 21.

CCOVI News, Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 edition of the CCOVI News – the newsletter for the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University is now available.   CCOVI News

  • Cuvée success establishes legacy fund
  • VQA promoters recognized at 26th annual Experts Tasting
  • A retirement farewell for Gail Higenell
  • Educational tasting supports local charity
  • Lecture series wraps up season
  • Alumna recognized as Ontario winemaker of the year
  • Scholarships handed out to top students
  • CCOVI hosts sparkling wine master class