• Cheque Day - Monday, November 16, 2015

                         2016 NIAGARA ICEWINE FESTIVAL
    A Shimmer of Gold

    January 15 - 31, 2016
    Tickets and event details



  • Ontario VQA Wine at Farmers Markets

    Check out this map to find out which farmers' markets near you are selling VQA wines crafted from 100% Ontario grown grapes.

    Look for this sign, and click here for a list of upcoming dates and farmers' market locations featuring VQA wine.



  • 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 opened May 19, 2015 and is now closed. Due to a strong demand for the available funds, the joint Government-Industry Steering Committee has decided that the program will not open a second intake for year 2.


  • 2015-16 Grape King

    Jamie Slingerland
    Director of Viticulture, Pillitteri Estate Winery

    The Slingerland family have been farming in Niagara-on-the-Lake since 1783. Jamie has been selected as 2015 Grape King to serve as ambassador for Ontario's grape growers. 


  • 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.


Tree Fruit and Grape Health and Safety Workshop

The following workshop is FREE to Ontario tender fruit, apple and grape growers:

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Rittenhouse Hall, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs office
4890 Victoria Ave. N, Vineland Station
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Please contact Sylvana at 905 688-0990 ext 231.

Attendance at the workshop will fulfill the requirements of the mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training for employers and supervisors.

Members will leave the workshop with the health and safety policy and workplace violence and harassment prevention policy for their operation, and a further understanding of their responsibilities.

Worker Safety Flyer and Agenda

This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.  The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of Growing Forward 2 in Ontario.


MPAC Farm Information Session

November 23, 2015 | MPAC

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation is holding consultation sessions to discuss how assessment methodology is being applied to farm properties for the next province-wide Assessment Update in 2016.

The session will be facilitated by MPAC and will provide an opportunity to discuss improvements to strengthen the accuracy and equity of the valuation process for farmland, as well as proposed changes to MPAC’s agricultural cost guide used in the valuation process for farm buildings.   MPAC’s goal is to finalize a Methodology Guide for farm properties in early 2016 and share with all stakeholders.

Farm Consultation Session 
December 7, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
MPAC’s London office, located at 785 Wonderland Rd, London, ON N6K 1M6
If you are unable to attend the session in person, a teleconference/WebEx option will be made available.

If you are interested in taking part, please send an email to consultation@mpac.ca by December 3. Materials will be provided by email in advance of the session.

We look forward to seeing you on December 7. If you have any questions or require any additional information please send an email to consultation@mpac.ca.


Spinosa Family Wines OFA's 'Reel' Farm Video Challange

November 24, 2015 | Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Several Ontario farmers were rewarded for their creativity as part of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s (OFA) 2015 'Reel' Farm Video Challenge. In its second year, the contest encourages OFA members and Ontario farmers to have a little fun while putting themselves in the storytelling spotlight about why they are proud to farm.

OFA’s video challenge is divided into two categories – farm-themed music parody and agricultural rant. Winners for the 2015 challenge were announced at OFA’s annual general meeting on November 24, 2015. First place winners in each category receive $1,000, and second place receive $500.

Spinosa Family Vineyards from Prince Edward County took home top honours for their musical ag parody “We Will Crush You,” and the Weber Family of Perth County won second prize for their rendition of “Chicken Farm.”

2016 Niagara Icewine Festival






Join us from Janaury 15 - 31, 2016 as Niagara rolls out the hospitality to celebrate our Ontario VQA Icewine. 



Click here for tickets and event details


Fall 2015 CCOVI News

November 18, 2015 | Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University newsletter
In this issue:

·         Unlocking insights into consumer behaviour
·         Field of possibilities greets new students
·         Graduate student receives international honour
·         Fizz Club – a networking opportunity for sparkling winemakers – returns in Dec.
·         CCOVI Fellow recognized for top-ranking book
·         Triggs Lecture a national success
·         VineAlert launches for winter
·         OEVI alumna takes on new role at CCOVI
·         Date set for the 28th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting
·         Continue your wine education this winter
·         The Wine Tasting Challenge returns
·         Seminars a hit at the Niagara Wine Festival

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2014 Grape Cost of Production

The 2014 Economic Report for the Establishment and Production Costs for Grapes in Ontario is now available. 

The Establishment and Production Costs for Grapes in Ontario report is a collaborative effort between Grape Growers of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  This report tries to reflect the management practices used by growers today.  Soil condition, cultivar selections, personal grower management decisions and the unique meso-climates of Ontario result in many different grower practices in training systems, pest management programs and fertilizer rates. 

The four grape cultivars in this document; Concord, Vidal, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc represent Labrusca, French Hybrid and Vinifera types of grapes.

 Growers can use the input costs as general guidelines to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their own businesses.

 Click here for a pdf version. Contact the GGO office at 905 688-0990 ext 224 to obtain a hard copy of the report.

2015 Regional Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence



Viticulture and Winery Sustainability Certification

St. Catharines, ON (Tuesday, November 10, 2015): The Grape Growers of Ontario are pleased to announce that their joint Viticulture and Winery Sustainability Certification project with the Wine Council of Ontario has been awarded one of fifty provincial Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

“It is a privilege to receive the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence,” says Bill George, Chair Grape Growers of Ontario.  “The award recognizes our ongoing commitment to grower innovation and sustainability.”

 “Ontario’s grape and wine industry is committed to enhancing its environmental performance by introducing an auditable certification program to formally recognize the sustainable practices adopted by its members,” says Debbie Zimmerman, CEO Grape Growers of Ontario.

 The Viticulture Sustainability program recently launched through the GGO’s eGrape database system, when combined with the WCO’s Sustainable Winemaking Ontario Charter and third-party audits provides a “soil to shelf” package that will help sustain Ontario’s success on the world stage as consumers and wine connoisseurs embrace local, environmentally friendly products.  The voluntary modules have been developed as educational tools as well as an opportunity for growers and wineries wishing to receive sustainability certification.  The program recognizes that environmental stewardship, conscientious production, economic considerations and care for workers’ well-being are all important components to a sustainable industry. The Ontario Viticulture and Winery Sustainability Certification raises awareness of our industry’s commitment to the environment and provides an opportunity for Ontario’s wines to compete domestically and internationally.

Ontario media release: Recipients Recognized at Award Ceremony in Aurora
Event Videos

Chris Ballard MPP for Newmarket-Aurora                           Chris Ballard MPP for Newmarket-Aurora
Debbie Zimmerman, CEO & Mary Jane Combe                   Brian Schmidt, Vineland Estates Winery
Grape Growers of Ontario                                                      

Congratulations to both Vineland Estates and Black Prince Wineries for their Regional Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

MPP Arthur Potts, MPP Lou Rinaldi, Pete Bradford and Geoff Webb
Black Prince Winery

Growing Forward 2 Fall Application Intake Added

October 13, 2015 | OSCIA

GF2 is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative designed to encourage innovation, competitiveness and market development through cost share funding opportunities.  The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association has announced an additional Application Intake for Growing Forward 2 for producers.
Producers can submit completed applications for cost-share funding during the following intake dates:
October 22 to November 5, 2015
November 16 to December 3, 2015

February 5 to February 25, 2016
June 17 to July 7, 2016
October 14 to November 3, 2016

Media release

To obtain a copy of the Producer Guide and for more information contact:
ontariosoilcrop.org                gf2@ontariosoilcrop.org          1-800-265-9751