• 70th Niagara Grape and Wine Festival

    Grape and Wine celebrates 70 years

    The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival is back and bigger than ever! This September, NGWF is celebrating its' platinum anniversary with perennial favourites like our Grande Parade and Montebello Park Experience plus new programming, perks, and more! Learn how you can join in the fun here.

  • Drink Local!


    Ontario's grape growers remind you to drink local by purchasing wines grown with 100% Ontario grown grapes!

  • Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN)

    The CGCN is a collaborative effort between the Grape Growers of Ontario, BC Wine Grape Council, Association des vignerons du Québec and the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia to advance the Canadian grape and wine industry by ensuring a sustainable supply of certified propagative grapevine material. 

  • OFA Farmer Wellness Initiative

    Farmers can call to speak to a counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year:



  • 2022 Grape King

    Ben Froese
    Willowlake Ventures Inc.

    Ben Froese is a grape grower in Niagara-on-the-Lake and has been selected as the 2022 Grape King to serve as ambassador for Ontario's grape growers. 

Benjamin Froese named 2022 Grape King

St. Catharines, ON (September 14, 2022)— Grape Growers of Ontario and Farm Credit Canada are pleased to announce that Benjamin (Ben) Froese of Willow Lake Ventures Inc. in Niagara-on-the-Lake has been chosen by his peers as the 2022 Grape King (pictured – credit Denis Cahill).

Ben Froese will be officially installed as the 65th Grape King on Wednesday, September 14th in his vineyard located at 1093 Line 6 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

COVID 19 - What Growers Need to Know

During these challenging times, the Grape Growers of Ontario are committed to providing up-to-date and relevant information to our growers. Your Board of Directors remains focused on the issues affecting our industry and those that may arise due to COVID-19. Please use the links below for additional information, and contact the office at 905-688-0990 or info@grapegrowersofontario.com for assistance.

Notice of Minor Use Label Expansion - mineral oil (Purespray Green) on various crops for insect and disease management

Please click to view the letter of authorization and updated label permitting the use of mineral oil for control or suppression of various pests in numerous crops and crops groups. A table of crop / pest combinations newly registered is below:

Crop / Crop Group




GH ornamental cuttings

Mealybug, Thrips, Mites, Powdery Mildew, Aphids, Whiteflies, Thrips

CG13-07 – small berries



Codling Moth


Codling Moth


Leafhopper nymphs

CG 25 - Herbs (Field + GH)

Powdery Mildew + Aphids

CG 26 - Spices (Field + GH)

Powdery Mildew + Aphids

CG 4-13 – Leafy Vegetables



Federal agriculture standing committee chair visits Niagara Region

GUELPH, ON [August 18, 2022] — The Chair of the federal Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food is spending the next two days in Niagara Region. Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants, will be touring farms in the area and meeting with industry leaders to learn more about the issues and priorities of Ontario farmers.

Blois will be hosted by Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) President Peggy Brekveld and Chris Mullet Koop, an egg farmer and grape grower who is also President of the Niagara Federation of Agriculture.

Read more at www.ofa.on.ca

‘Catastrophic’ damage has Niagara grape growers considering their future

Fri., July 22, 2022 - By Victoria Nicolaou, Staff Reporter, St. Catharines Standard

Grape grower Matthias Oppenlaender walks through a Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard, kneeling down to describe the winter damage done to his neighbour’s crops.

Harsh winter conditions caused extensive bud damage, forcing about five acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines to be cut down to the base of the trunk. With any luck, the plants with healthy sucker growth will be back producing next year, said Oppenlaender.

But for those vines that are lost, they will be pulled out and replanted, and it will be years before the vineyard sees any growth.

Read more at https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/business/2022/07/22/catastrophic-damage-has-niagara-grape-growers-considering-their-future.html

CCOVI News - July 2022

Click HERE to read Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute's July 2022 newsletter, including updates on:

  • CCOVI Director honoured at the 2022 Canadian Wine Industry Awards
  • Chardonnay celebration to highlight CCOVI’s Great Chardo Swap
  • Brock launches national facility for virus-free grapevine plant material
  • Brock’s CCOVI set to host 10th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium
  • Brock students receive top honours
  • Brock Oenology and Viticulture grads venturing coast to coast
  • Continuing Education Courses
  • The latest in research

Wine Industry Leaders Honoured at the 2022 Canadian Wine Growers Symposium

Grape Growers of Ontario congratulate all winners of the 2022 Canadian Wine Industry Awards.

The awards, presented by Wine Growers Canada (WGC), Wine Growers British Columbia (WGBC), Wine Growers Ontario (WGO) and Ontario Craft Wineries (OCW), announced the recipients of the 2022 Canadian Wine Industry Awards, the 2022 Wine Growers British Columbia Industry Recognition Awards, and the Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award which were all presented during a virtual ceremony on July 11.

This year’s distinguished recipients are:

  • Canadian Wine Industry Award of Distinction – Gary Pillitteri
  • Canadian Wine Industry Champion Award – Debbie Inglis
  • The Karl Kaiser Canadian Winemaker Award – Paul Pender
  • Wine Growers British Columbia Industry Recognition Award – Marjorie King
  • Wine Growers British Columbia Award of Distinction – Josie Tyabji
  • Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award – Rafik Louli

Read more at: https://winebc.com/industry/media_releases/wine-industry-leaders-honoured-at-the-2022-canadian-wine-growers-symposium/

GGO Welcomes Mark Tewksbury to 2022 Celebrity Luncheon

July 8, 2022: After a two-year hiatus, the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon is back and ready to celebrate our 75th Anniversary and kick-off the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. In partnership with Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union and the second largest in Canada, we are thrilled to welcome Olympic medalist and advocate for equity, inclusion and human rights, Mark Tewksbury.

Mark first came to prominence as a record-breaking backstroke swimmer, winning national titles, world records, and Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals.

When he publicly came out in 1998, Mark was one of the first openly gay Olympic Champions in the world, and has since been a champion for clean and ethical sport, for people with intellectual disabilities, and for the global LGBTQI2S+ movement. 

In 2019, Mark was awarded a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for his work in gender inclusion and sexual diversity. In 2020, he was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Mark is co-founder of Great Traits, a leadership development company, and Vice President of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Wine Sector Support Program

The two-year, up to $166-million program will provide non-repayable grants to wine licensees in Canada based on their production of bulk wine, and is intended to provide short-term financial support to licensed Canadian wineries as they adapt to ongoing and emerging challenges that impact financial resilience and competitiveness of the wine industry. The application intake period for 2022-2023 opened July 4, 2022, and will close August 12, 2022.


More information is available on the Wine Sector Support Program website at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, or by contacting the program: Email: aafc.wssp-pasv.aac@agr.gc.ca or Telephone: 1-877-246-4682.

Upcoming Farmer Information Sessions - On-Farm Climate Action Fund

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is excited to be delivering the new On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) to Ontario farmers. Visit www.ontariosoilcrop.org for program information, including an online program guide that outlines program eligibility and how to apply!

Under OFCAF, farmers can apply for cost-share to support best management practices (BMPs) that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase carbon sequestration, investing in farms' soil health to improve long-term productivity, profitability, and sustainability. Specific BMPs that will be supported under the program include in-field nitrogen management, cover cropping practices, and establishing or expanding rotational grazing systems.

Cost-share funding is available at 65% of approved project costs. Eligible costs may be incurred starting from February 15, 2022, for implementation of new practices such as: