• Grape Grower of the Year 2014-2015

    Kevin Buis
    Glenlake Orchards
    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’s 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon

    Rick Hansen inspired a crowd of more than 300 at the Grape Growers of Ontario's 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon on September 17th. The event is in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. Follow the link to event photos.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Growing Forward 2 Capacity Building & Implementation

     Growing Forward 2 (GF2) applications and program guides for Producer Implementation funding assistance are available. Next Intake will open November 10, 2014 and close December 11, 2014. Capacity building applications can be submitted at any time.

     

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - OFVGA AWARD OF MERIT

The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (OFVGA) 2015 Award of Merit  recognizes the outstanding contribution made by an individual or organization to the Ontario fruit and vegetable industry. This recognition may include the strategic leadership, technical input, and/or the dedication shown by this person or organization to our fruit and vegetable sector.  The winner will be announced at the OFVGA’s 156th Annual General Meeting and Convention that will take place in Niagara Falls, Ontario on January 13 & 14, 2015.

Please note that all nominations must be submitted either electronically or in hard copy by 5 pm on November 30, 2014.

Click here to download the nomination form

GGO BRANDED CLOTHING AVAILABLE

Attention Growers and Wineries! Now available at the GGO - embroidered jackets and polos.  Each jacket has a Grape Growers of Ontario logo and can be personalized with your name.  These soft shell jackets are wind and water resistant and machine washable.  Mens sizes are insulated.   $125 mens sizes, $95 ladies sizes including HST.

Also available are stylish polo shirts which include a logo and our tagline "We Grow the Wines You Love" embroidered on the left.  Many colours and sizes are available.  All sizes $39 including HST.

Order by calling the office at 905 688-0990 or email mjcombe@grapegrowersofontario.com. 

STUDENT'S MARKETING EXPERIENCE PUT TO WORK AT GGO

Source: CCOVI News, Fall 2014

When the Niagara Wine Festival retired its legendary Mr. Grape mascot this fall, it didn’t take long for his granddaughter Gabby Grape to grab the attention of the wine community.

Introduced at the Grape Growers of Ontario’s (GGO) annual Celebrity Luncheon that kicks off the festival, the younger Gabby made an appearance in the GGO’s latest marketing campaign. Bringing Gabby to life in the video was Jill Windeatt, a fourth-year student at Brock’s Goodman School of Business.

Windeatt spent the summer working as the GGO’s marketing and communication officer. Part of her role was to help the team market its wineONtour program, which allows tourists to easily map out trips to wineries across the province. That’s where the idea came up to have tech -savvy Gabby demonstrate the mobile mapping tool. Along with planning out the video, Windeatt also donned the Gabby costume.

While at the GGO, her role also included writing profiles of grape growers and developing social media content and strategies. Windeatt hopes to continue working in the wine industry after she graduates. “I’ve found the industry I want to be in, and stay in,” she said.                                                                                                                   Jill Windeatt as Gabby Grape

The wineONtour video can be seen by clicking here: Grape Escape with wineONtour.ca

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY CELEBRATES WASSAIL

Join Prince Edward County’s winemakers for mulled wines, comfort foods and festive good cheer.

2014 Dates: Nov 22 & 23, Nov 29 & 30, Dec 6 & 7

Ontario’s most unique wine celebration, Wassail pays tribute to the age old tradition of celebrating the harvest before the arrival of winter. Merrymakers would travel from house to house singing, feasting and, of course, quenching their thirst with local grog.

In Prince Edward County, after harvest we rush to bury the vines to withstand the cold winter. Once the job is done, it’s time to party and everyone is invited!

During the last two weekends in November and the first weekend of December, this modern version of Wassail is a fun time to visit wineries and join in the festivities.

Arrive singing a seasonal tune and be treated to free tastes of mulled wine, plus comfort foods and sweet treats! Cross wine-lovers off your list with gifts of wine or wine-related items, or shop for unique, local and handmade crafts and other gifts.   Click here for more information

2015 OFFICIAL VQA WINES OF ONTARIO'S LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

The Grape Growers of Ontario, with the Honourable Speaker of the Legislature, Dave Levac of Brant County, hosted the 36th Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, November 4. Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, along with Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, are pleased to announce that the following have been chosen as the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2015:

Red Wine: Burning Kiln Winery 2013 Strip Room
White Wine:  Fielding Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Grigio

“This event to select the official VQA wines continues to grow in popularity and the Grape Growers of Ontario are pleased to have so many Members of Provincial Parliament attend the 36th Annual Legislative Wine Tasting,” says Bill George, Chair.

“The wines showcased at the wine tasting reflect the connection between 100% Ontario grown grapes and the winemakers who craft them. We thank all participating wineries,” says Debbie Zimmerman, CEO.

36th ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE WINE TASTING

 

The Grape Growers of Ontario, with the Honourable Speaker of the Legislature, Dave Levac of Brant County, hosted the 36th Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Bill George, Chair, Kevin Watson, Bill Schenck, Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, Grape King Kevin Buis, Honourable Speaker Dave Levac, Jim Morrison and Matthias Oppenlaender, Vice Chair.

THE FARM INVENTION CHALLENGE

Farm & Food Care Ontario is holding a Farm Invention Challenge.  You can win $1,000 in cash by entering your one-of-a-kind farm invention with categories in Water Efficiency and Quality.  Click here for more information.

PONDVIEW VQA ICEWINE WINS GOLD AT DECANTER ASIA WINE AWARDS

source: Daily Exchange, October 27, 2014

Pondview Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, has broken new ground as the only Canadian winery to bring home a gold medal at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards.

Already a well decorated wine with a silver medal from the 2012 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and a gold from the 2013 All Canadian Wine Championships, Pondview’s 2011 Vidal Icewine has been chosen in a blind taste test by more than 40 of the top wine experts in Asia as the top in its category. It is a crowning achievement for the Niagara winery owned by former Grape King Lou Puglisi.

CUVEE 2015

One of Canada’s most sought-after wine events, the 27th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting has been set for Friday Feb. 27, 2015 at Fallsview Casino Resort.

Over the past 26 years, Cuvée has become one of the most prestigious celebrations of Ontario wine. Now as the event evolves, proceeds will go to support the industry it showcases.  Organized by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University, money raised from Cuvée 2015 will support student bursaries and research that will benefit the Ontario grape and wine industry.

The Cuvée Grand Tasting on Feb. 27 will feature Ontario’s best VQA wines as well as food prepared by local chefs at live cooking stations.

The Cuvée en Route passport program will run at participating wineries from Feb. 27 to March 1 and showcase exclusive tasting flights.
Tickets for the Cuvée 2015 wine weekend are on sale now.    Learn more at: cuvee.ca   Email: info@cuvee.ca