• Grape Growers of Ontario’s 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon

    The Grape Growers of Ontario, in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, are pleased to announce that Rick Hansen will be the speaker at the 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon. The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 17th at 11:30 a.m.


  • 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 guides for Producer Implementation funding assistance are available. Year Two second Intake will open August 4, 2014 and close August 28, 2014. Capacity building applications can be submitted at any time.


  • 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.


Taste Local During LCBO's Month-Long Ontario Wine Promotion

Source: :CBO, September 2014

Together with Wine Country Ontario, LCBO presents Taste Local, the 2014 Ontario wine promotion running at LCBO stores across the province until October 11. This year's promotion – the largest of the year - is not just about sharing the pride of locally-produced wines from three of Ontario's distinctive wine regions -- it's about discovering and celebrating all things local.

Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association Request for Research and Service Proposals

Source: NPF&VGA, September 2014

The Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association invites submissions of research or service proposals commencing in 2015. Projects are to benefit the grape and tender fruit industry in Niagaraand may be single or multi-year in length. Grants of up to 5L0,000 per year are available (3 year maximum). Research priorities are black knot in plums, and bacterial spot control in apricots/peaches/nectarines.


ST CATHARINES, ON– Grape Growers of Ontario introduced Gabby Grape along with her new YouTube video, “The Ontario Grape Escape with wineONtour.ca” at the Celebrity Luncheon kicking off the Niagara Wine Festival at Club Roma today.

Mr. Grape first came on the scene as the symbol of the Grape and Wine Festival in 1976.  “The world is changing,” says Mr. Grape. “After 38 years, it was time to retire and pass the torch to granddaughter, Gabby Grape who is more tech savvy than my generation.”

“Mr. Grape had reached a ripe old age” says Debbie Zimmerman, CEO Grape Growers of Ontario, and the costume itself had become worn and needed replacing.”

Kevin Buis Crowned 2014 Grape King

Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Farm Credit Canada, the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival are pleased to announce that Kevin Buis of Glenlake Vineyards in Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake has been named the 2014 Grape King.


It is with sadness that the Grape Growers of Ontario informs you of the passing of Jack Forrer at the age of 87 on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Jack was a member of the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Growers’ Committee for ten years (1975-1986) and was a member of the Board of Directors for six years (1980-1986). In 1972, Jack was crowned Grape King.
Jack will be missed by his wife Helga (nee Enss) and children Linda (Raymond) Duc and Donald (Christine) Forrer. He was the loving grandfather of Jeffery (Beth), Justin (Sarah), Caitlin (D.J.), Amy (Ben) and Jake, and is also survived by 4 great granddaughters, as well as family in Switzerland.
The family will receive friends at the VINELAND CHAPEL of the TALLMAN FUNERAL HOMES , 3277 King St. on Wednesday from 6-8:30 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 140 Russell Ave., St. Catharines on Thursday, September 11th at 10 am. Interment at Niagara Lake Shore Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Heritage Place or Christ Lutheran Church. Online condolences at www.tallmanfuneralhomes.ca

Ontario VQA Wines Available at More Than 100 Farmers’ Markets

Mobile Map Helps Connect Consumers with the Province’s Wine, Local Foods


The province is making it easier to find Ontario-made Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines at more than 100 farmers’ markets thanks to a new mobile map.

More funding available for Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP)

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is pleased to announce that the Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) is back for 2014 with renewed support from Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and forestry.