• Grape Growers of Ontario Welcome You to WineONtour.ca

      Grape Growers of Ontario has just launched our new Ontario wine route planner…wineONtour.ca… Use wineOntour.ca to create your own route to tour, enjoy, and share your Ontario wine experiences.


  • Growing Forward 2 Capacity Building & Implementation

      Growing Forward 2 (GF2) applications and program guide for Producer Implementation funding assistance are available. Year Two First Intake Opens April 1, 2014 and closes May 1, 2014


  • Grape Grower of the Year 2013-2014

    Wes Wiens
    Wiens Family Farms
    On behalf of the Grape Growers of Ontario we congratulate Wes Wiens on being chosen Grape King for the year 2013-2014.


Update on Grapevine Cold Hardiness and Colder Temperatures

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The following is an alert regarding grapevine cold hardiness and the forecasted low temperatures in regions across Ontario over the next few days.  We are experiencing an Arctic front bringing colder than normal temperatures for next 24 to 48 hours. 

VQA and ICEWINE Trademarks Transfer to the CVA

The CVA and Vintners Quality Alliance of Canada (VQAC) Boards of Directors are very pleased to announce that the ownership of all VQAC intellectual property assets and registered trademarks, including “VQA” and “Icewine”, have been legally transferred from VQAC to the CVA, effective March 31, 2014.

New EPIC Board of Directors Announced

The Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Winegrower’s Association announced the election of Steve Mitchell, President, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, as the association’s new President during the recent Annual General Meeting. In addition to this appointment, a new Board Executive was announced as follows:

  • Past President: Tom O’Brien, Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards
  • Vice-President: Martin Gorski, North 42 Degrees Estate Winery
  • Treasurer: Pat Muscedere, Muscedere Vineyards
  • Secretary: Dylan Reimer, Pelee Island Winery

Regulatory Modernization in Ontario's Beverage Alcohol Industry - Findings Report

In August 2013, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) initiated a review of its approach to the regulation of wine, beer, and spirits manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, ferment-onpremise operators, and liquor delivery services. This review focuses on the laws, policies and procedures that fall within the existing regulatory mandate of the AGCO, including licensing, manufacturer retail stores, advertising and promotional activities, and product sampling.

This report provides the public and all of the AGCO’s stakeholders and partners with a comprehensive overview of the issues and proposals raised during both stages of the consultation period. The AGCO will be reviewing the findings to identify areas where it will move ahead with reforms.

Finding's Report - March 2014

Province to allow supermarkets to sell liquor by 2015

B.C. wines will be on the shelves of the province’s supermarkets along with cereals, meat and other products after the government announced it will allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores.

Liberals push forward with plan to sell liquor in grocery stores

The Ontario government is pushing ahead with a plan to put liquor kiosks in grocery stores, a bid to shake up the way alcohol is sold in the province and head off the champions of privatization ahead of a possible spring election.

VQA Ontario Newsletter — March 2014


The following changes to VQA regulation 406 (content and labelling rules) take effect immediately:

The minimum residual sugar in finished Icewine has been changed from 125 g/L to 100 g/L. This harmonizes VQA rules with other jurisdictions. All other requirements (brix, etc) remain unchanged.

Winter Inflicts Damage on Cool-Climate Wine Regions

A relentless winter with dangerously low temperatures has killed vine buds and wiped out a significant portion of this year's potential wine grape crop in parts of the Finger Lakes, Ontario and Michigan. Growers are assessing the damage and hoping to coax the most fruitful growth possible out of surviving plant material in the spring. But they fear the cold may have killed some vines too.

Spring Tune-up for Grape IPM

Learn about new products for disease, insect and weed management and how to integrate them into effective programs.

Lake Erie North Shore

Date: April 29, 2014
Time: 1pm
Location: Viewpointe Winery

Niagara Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Grape Growers of Ontario congratulate Sue-Ann Staff of Staff Estate Winery on receiving the Niagara Emerging Entrepreneur of the Award.