• 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.


Canada and Ontario Invest in World-Class Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, April 2014

The governments of Canada and Ontario are helping the province's horticulture industry address production challenges, respond to consumer demands and bring new products and technologies to market with an investment of $26.5 million in the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

Ontario icewine-makers’ reaction to pact with Korea is bittersweet

Source: The Toronto Star, April 2014

It’s mid-afternoon in a specialty shop at Seoul Incheon International Airport, and a South Korean shopper scans the rows of wines and liquors bearing names known around the world. Finally, she finds what she’s looking for, a small, handsomely wrapped bottle holding the sweetest fruit, and these days the highest hopes, of Ontario’s wine country: icewine.

New for 2014 - GGO eGrape System Rollout

The Grape Growers of Ontario are pleased to announce the rollout of the new eGrape system for the 2014 harvest. The development of the eGrape system was funded by the Ontario government through the Traceability Foundation Initiative (TFI).

eGrape was designed as a cloud-based system that allows both growers and processors to quickly and efficiently enter and access data. The development of eGrape has amalgamated several industry systems to make the user experience more intuitive and easier to navigate.

Pre-Registration Form

Summary of Grape Leaf Roll Associated Virus and Grape Red Blotch Virus Survey, 2013

As the grape crop moved into veraison in 2013, striking symptoms of Grape Leafroll associated Virus (GLRaV) and Grapevine Red Blotch associated Virus (GRBaV) were noted in many vineyards of both red and white varieties across Ontario.  Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) received an investment through the Ontario Farm Innovation Program (OFIP) to conduct a survey to determine the incidence of these diseases. In October, 2013,   40 commercial vineyard blocks of red vinifera varieties in Niagara were included in the survey for GRLaV and GRBV. The full report can be found below.

Leaf Roll and Red Blotch Summary Report


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.