• Niagara New Vintage Tailgate Party

    Niagara New Vintage Tailgate Party
    June 20, 2015
    Celebration of summer. Over 40 Niagara wineries will uncork their seasonal best alongside top local chefs preparing farm-to-table favourites in the Grape King Kevin Buis' own vineyard.  Tickets are now available.


  • 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 closes July 10, 2015 or when the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.


  • 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.


Potential Frost Advisory

Friday, May 22, 2015 | CCOVI

This is an alert concerning grapevine cold hardiness and cold temperatures.  Weather forecasts indicate that temperatures will be dropping to near freezing tonight and Saturday morning with the potential for frost in some regions across Ontario.  If temperatures drop below freezing, injury may occur especially to green tissue such as young shoots and leaves.  
It is important to monitor vineyard temperatures.  For optimal use of wind machines, it is suggested that the start-up temperatures be set at 1 to 2 C for frost protection.   It is also important to monitor wind speeds along with temperatures.

Provided by:
Jim Willwerth, PhD
Senior Scientist in Viticulture
Brock University | Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP)

May 6, 2015

Ontario's Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP) was created under the Wine and Grape Strategy to promote Ont​ario VQA wine and support vineyard production improvements.

MVIP provides grape grow​ers with up to 35 per cent cost-share for eligible  vineyard improvements. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis within an established intake period. Once all annual funds are allocated, the intake will be closed and the remaining applications will be automatically entered into a priority queue for consideration for funding in the next program year.  ​Agricorp is delivering the vineyard improvement component of the MVIP program.

Deadlines for 2015 program year
The intake period for 2015 opens Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. and will close on July 10 or when the program is full, whichever comes first.
March 31, 2015 - Improvements to be completed
March 31, 2015 - Submit claim
August 31, 2015 - Payments begin

​​​Application form

Program Guid​​elines​
Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program Information Sheet​​​​
More information

Master Class: Viticulture for Sparkling Wine Quality

 Sparkling wine production in Ontario is on the rise with many more VQA table wine producers entering into this market.  At a time when consumer interest is also growing, take this opportunity to explore factors in the vineyard. Join Fiona Kerslake and Jim Willwerth for a viticulture master class with subjects including (but not limited to) crop load, leaf removal, pruning and training systems with an emphasis on sparkling wine quality.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015    9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Brock University, Academic South Room 216
Cost is $25 plus HST (cost includes parking and coffee break)
Web registration is required.  Register Now

Greenbelt Plan Public Meeting May 21, 2015

Over the past two months, the Ontario government has been hosting regional consultations for feedback on the Greenbelt Plan as part of the 2015 Coordinated Review, allowing Ontario residents the chance to have their input regarding Ontario's future.

On Thursday May 21, the Town of Lincoln will be hosting a public meeting from 6-9 pm at the Fleming Centre in Beamsville to continue the discussion about the 2015 Coordinated Review. This event will provide the opportunity for local residents and groups to work together to strengthen the Greenbelt.

To be prepared, be sure to visit the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation's website for background information and discussion questions being addressed in the 2015 Coordinated Review. The province is accepting online comments until May 28th.

Celebrate Chardonnay Day May 21st




International Chardonnay Day is Thursday, May 21 and wineries around the region have great activities planned to celebrate the world’s coolest grape, and to kick off the Summer of Chardonnay.

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2015 Ontario Wine Awards

May 14, 2015

The Ontario Wine Awards has been recognizing Ontario's finest VQA wines since 1995.  This year's event, held at Queen's Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake on Friday, May 8th was hosted by Chef John Higgins, Director of George Brown Chef School in Toronto.
Ontario Wine Awards media release

The awards recognize 25 different categories of wines at Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal levels.  Grape Growers of Ontario is a proud sponsor of the Ontario Wine Awards and congratulates all of the award winners.

Read Ontario Wine Awards 2015 Final Results 

Distinctive honours are awarded as follows:
Red Wine of the Year -Pillitteri Estates 2010 Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Franc
White Wine of the Year - Peller Estates 2013 AP Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc
Winemaker of the Year -Emma Garner, Thirty Bench Wine Makers recognizing the winemaker's consistent quality production across her portfolio, successes as demonstrated by additional wine awards, and overall contribution to the wine industry
Wine Journalism Award -Evan Saviolidis for his article, Back Again, published in the July/August 2014 issue of Quench Magazine


Grapevine Cold Hardiness Alert

May 13, 2015
This is an alert concerning grapevine cold hardiness and cold temperatures.  Bud swell and bud break has begun across Ontario for many varieties.  Environment Canada has issued a frost advisory for some regions in Southern Ontario tonight and Thursday morning.  If temperatures drop below freezing injury may occur, especially to green tissue such as young shoots and leaves.   

For optimal use of wind machines, it is suggested that the start-up temperatures be set at 1 to 2 C for frost protection. It is also important to monitor wind speeds along with temperatures.

Provided by:
Jim Willwerth, PhD
Senior Scientist in Viticulture
Brock University | Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

Santino "Sam" Paglione

It is with sadness that the Grape Growers of Ontario has learned of the passing of Sam Paglione on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Beloved husband of Nancy (Nicol). Dear father of Susan Doye (Andy), Tim (Jennifer), Sandra Paglione (Josh), Becki Beetham (Mike), and Rachel Farrer (John). Loving grandfather of Lilli, Erilynn, Kelson, Madison, William, Anisa. Dear brother of Josephine D'Aniballe (Mario), Victor Paglione (Mary), Italo Paglione (Gemma), Tony Paglione (Betty), Lucy Gabriele (Frank), Mauro Paglione (Lucy), Anna Bonfiglio (Armando), Nancy Vecera (Fred), and Carmen Paglione (Cheryl).

After 40 years with a successful construction company, Sam built his dream - Paglione Estate Winery near Harrow, Ontario.

Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Tuesday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.

Mass of the Resurrection at St. Joseph's Church, 310 Sherk Street, Leamington on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. Entombment Erie Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to Windsor/Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation or Leamington Hospital Foundation (Hospice).

MVIP Grower Information Sessions

2015/16 Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP)
IMPORTANT Viticulture Component Grower Information Sessions

The sessions will focus on:

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time:  Session 1: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
            Session 2: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
            (both sessions will have the same content) 
Where: Brock University, Academic South, Meeting Room AS203

Click here for an on-line map for Brock University Parking. Academic South is in the South Block building, which is Building 21 on the attached map. For Parking, Lot P is close by at a rate of $2.50 per hour, pay and display next to the Walker Complex Building 22 on the attached map. Lot D has a flat rate of $7 per day but is cash only
For information on the MVIP program, contact Agricorp or Grape Growers of Ontario:
Agricorp                                                                Grape Growers of Ontario
1-888-247-4999                                                      Nick Lemieux - 905-688-0990 ext 228
agricorp.com                                                        nlemieux@grapegrowersofontario.com
mvip@agricorp.com                                            Gillian McWilliams - 905-688-0990 ext 224


TD Tailgate Party

The 6th Annual Tailgate Party is Saturday, June 20th from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. in the 2014/15 Grower of the Year's vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Grape King, Kevin Buis represents the legacy of a Niagara grape growing family and invites guests to join the Buis family in their vineyard for this special night.

Eight incredible chefs will serve up mouthwatering creations using the feshest local ingredients with an eye on culinary trends. The Dairy Farmers of Canada will be on hand to present a selection of artisinal cheeses that are unique and delicious, and the TD Tailgate Party will host over 40 of Niagara's favourite wineries and showcase their latest Ontario VQA wine.

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Discovery Passes are $40 and Tailgate Party tickets are $85 (plus HST). All are available by ordering online at www.niagarawinefestival.com or calling the Festival office at 905-688-0212.