• Localgrapes.ca Fall Feature

     Meet the folks behind the grapes at localgrapes.ca


  • 2016-2017 Grape King

    Jamie Quai
    Co-Proprietor, Vigneron and Winemaker, Quai Du Vin Estate Winery

    The Quai family is in its third generation of grape growing in Elgin County. Jamie Quai has been selected as 2016 Grape King to serve as ambassador for Ontario's grape growers. 


  • 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.


We grow the wines you love in fall

Fall is like a glass of Cabernet: aromatic, earthy and festive.
Fall is when the air is crisp and the sun golden.
Discover our Ontario VQA wines, food pairings, getaway ideas and more!   www.localgrapes.ca

Thank you to Tawse Winery, Vineland and Glenlake Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Asparagus grower wins OFVGA Award of Merit

January 13, 2017, Toronto, Ont – Former Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) chair Brenda Lammens has been named the 2017 recipient of the organization’s Industry Award of Merit.

The announcement was made at the OFVGA’s recent annual banquet in Toronto.

For more than 30 years, Lammens and her husband, Raymond, have operated the family asparagus business, Spearit Farms, in Norfolk County. It was during her tenure as chair of Asparagus Farmers of Ontario that she also became OFVGA chair, the first woman to assume the role after the organization’s restructuring in 2003 and the first person to hold the position for three years.

Premier Wynne Announces a Small-Scale Cabinet Shuffle, Promoting Two Ministers to Key Portfolios

Counsel Public Affairs - January 12, 2017

This morning, Premier Kathleen Wynne made a number of changes to her cabinet team, with two notable promotions - Marie-France Lalonde as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Tracy MacCharles as Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Today's shuffle comes seven months after Wynne's significant shuffle last summer, bringing in many new faces to the cabinet table. To read the full analysis, click here

OFA’s 2017 priorities line up with latest government mandate letters

By Keith Currie, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

A new calendar year is often synonymous with new ideas, fresh approaches and the opportunity to look at the past and make some adjustments or changes for the year ahead.

OFA starts 2017 with a new mission – Farms and Food Forever – that builds on the advocacy work we have been doing for 80 years, and looks to additional areas where our work will benefit the long-term sustainability of our 36,000 farm family members.

Brock’s first online continuing education course breaks new ground for wine industry

Brock University’s continuing education offerings are going digital, and when the Certificate in Ontario Wine online course begins next month, it will also be the Ontario wine industry’s first integrated online program specific to VQA wine.

Offered by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), the course is designed for a wide audience, from wine enthusiasts to professionals working in a winery, hospitality or retail sales environment.

VQA Ontario January News & Tips

In this issue:

  • Seminar Series – What You Need to Know About VQA, AGCO And LCBO Rules
  • Late Harvest and Icewine Grape Registration – Enter Your Harvest Information
  • VQA Wine Research Project – Can You Help Us By Providing Samples?
  • Tips of The Month

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Ring in the New Year with Ontario Icewine

December 28, 2016 | realagriculture 
by Lindsey Smith

Interview with Bill George, Past Chair, Grape Growers of Ontario about Icewine; what makes Icewine special, the ideal time to harvest, and why the grapes must endure at least -8 degrees C to qualify as Icewine.

Listen to the interview here

CCOVI's Fizz Club for Winemakers

December 16, 2016 | Brock University

As Canadians decide on beverages to serve during the holidays, a growing number will buy sparkling wines, much of it Canadian made.

Consumers are choosing bubbly like never before — sparkling wine sales in Ontario jumped nearly 12 per cent this year alone.

Against that backdrop, 40 of Canada’s top sparkling winemakers journeyed to Brock University this week for a clandestine meeting that has come to be known as Fizz Club. No media or sales agents here: This off-the-record gathering is where industry professionals compare notes, discuss production and talk candidly in a closed-door setting with a members-only feel.

Icewine Harvest Starts Early

December 16, 2016 | Niagara This Week - St. Catharines

ST. CATHARINES — The Speck family will be able to breathe a little easier over the holidays.

There will be no monitoring of weather patterns, no checking for temperature drops and no late night phone calls rallying the forces out to pick grapes for this year’s batch of Icewine. The harvest is over.

“Our mother and our wives will definitely be relieved,” said Paul Speck, president of Henry of Pelham Family Estate, who owns the winery along with his brothers Matthew and Daniel. “We won’t be heading out on Christmas eve or New Year’s eve for the harvest, like we’ve done in the past.”