• Countdown to Cool 2016

    The countdown to cool is on...
    International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration
    9 countries. 61 winemakers. 159 Cool Climate wines.
    July 22- 24, 2016
    Tickets are on sale now


  • OGWRI Newsletter


    OGWRI  is now releasing a semi-annual newsletter to keep the industry informed on all research activities.

    Visit their website for a full list of ongoing projects and reports.  


  • Localgrapes.ca

    Meet the Folks Behind the Grapes

    Our local grape growers pursue the fruits

    of their labour in an entirely literal fashion


  • 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.


  • 2015-16 Grape King

    Jamie Slingerland
    Director of Viticulture, Pillitteri Estate Winery

    The Slingerland family have been farming in Niagara-on-the-Lake since 1783. Jamie has been selected as 2015 Grape King to serve as ambassador for Ontario's grape growers. 


  • 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.


Grape Growers of Ontario Reveal 2016 Celebrity Luncheon Speaker

Who will be the featured Canadian personality at the Grape Growers of Ontario's 2016 Annual Celebrity Luncheon? You won't want to miss this event. Make sure to clear your calendar and purchase your tickets now!

Click here for the media release

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Location: Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Road, St Catharines

Tickets:  Click here for order form, or call the GGO office at 905 688-0990



Ontario Nominates Bonnie Brooks As New LCBO Board Chair

July 27, 2016 | Ministry of Finance

Experienced Leader Would Spearhead Retail Modernization and Innovation

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, has nominated Bonnie Brooks as the new Chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). Subject to confirmation by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, the appointment would be effective August 28, 2016.

Ms. Brooks was President of Hudson's Bay Company from January 2012 to 2014 and Chief Executive Officer from September 2008 to 2012. She has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in media, marketing and merchandising. Currently, Ms. Brooks is Vice-Chairman of Hudson's Bay Company, a position she has held since February 2014 and she also serves as Director.

Ontario Helps Wine, Beer and Spirits Manufacturers Expand

July 27, 2016 | Ministry of Finance

Ontario is helping businesses grow while increasing consumer convenience by allowing wine, beer and spirits manufacturers to have a bar or restaurant at each of their licensed manufacturing sites.

Previously, manufacturers were allowed only one bar or restaurant, regardless of the number of manufacturing sites they owned. These changes under the Liquor Licence Act will help small producers be more competitive in a growing marketplace. This will also improve the customer experience, enabling a seamless visit from tour area to store to restaurant, as well as making purchases easier and more convenient.

Minister of Finance Charles Sousa was at Inniskillin Wines in Niagara today to highlight the new and improved regulations for alcohol producers.

Dry Soil Conditions Impact on Nutrient Availability

July 26, 2016 | ONfruit
by Deanna Nemeth, Horticulture Sustainability Specialist, OMAFRA

Although the past week brought some much needed rain, many locations in Ontario were experiencing prolonged dry soil conditions. These extended periods of very dry soil conditions can reduce Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) availability to plants.  

For N, low soil moisture decreases soil microbe activity. Microbes play an important role in breaking down organic matter and converting organic N to inorganic nitrate nitrogen, a process called mineralization. In dry soils with low N mineralization, there could be less plant available N in the form of either ammonium (NH4+-N) or nitrate (NO3--N) nitrogen. In dry soils, the risk of NO3--N loss through leaching or denitrification is reduced. While this means there is more soil N available to crops, plant uptake can be reduced. When the rains return there a can be a sudden increase in soil nitrogen. If this occurs late in the season it may be detrimental for perennial crops going into dormancy.

Easier to Buy Wine Between B.C., Ontario and Quebec

July 22, 2016 | CBC

The premiers of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec announced an agreement to make it easier to purchase Canadian wines interprovincially.  The wine sales will continue to be regulated by each province's liquor distribution agency - LCBO in Ontario.  Read more

VQA Rack Card

VQA Ontario has introduced VQA rack cards to help share the VQA story, the value of our appellation system and your place in it.  Cards can be ordered through the VQAO office.  A print-ready file is available in the resources section of the VQAO website or  download pdf.

Other resources include:

VQA: Supporting 15 Years of Ontario Wine Industry Growth
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Ontario Launches Online Shopping Through LCBO.com

July 26, 2016 | Ministry of Finance

Bringing Products from Canada and 85 Other Countries to Consumers' Fingertips

Ontario is offering a new and convenient way to buy alcohol products by introducing online sales through LCBO.com.

Starting today, LCBO consumers can buy online up to 5,000 different products from across Canada and 85 other countries. Customers can choose to have their order sent to an LCBO store of their choosing for pick up, free of charge, or choose to have it delivered directly to their home, anywhere in Ontario.

2016 Lieutenant Governor's Award Winners

The Grape Growers of Ontario congratulate the winners of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards for Excellence in Ontario Wines. 12 wines were recognized for their overall excellence, regardless of vintage or varietal, from an intake of 473 wines from 71 Ontario wineries. Click here for news release and list of winning wines.

Irrigation System Assessments

July 12, 2016 | ONfruit

by Rebecca Shortt, Engineer Water Quantity, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Are you concerned that your irrigation system is not applying enough water? too much water? or applying unevenly?  To request an Irrigation System Assessment contact Rebecca Shortt OMAFRA Water Quantity Engineer 519-426-4920 (limited availability)

Australian research has shown that one of the greatest opportunities for irrigation water savings are in improving how evenly the water is spread across the field by the irrigation system.

Let’s say an irrigator goes out to apply one inch.  But across the field some areas are receiving 0.5” and others 1.5”.  Some areas are not receiving enough water leading to quality and yield impacts in certain portions of the field.  To compensate, the irrigator may consistently set out to apply 1.5” knowing that some areas will receive the necessary 1” but others will receive an entire 2”.  This is where the opportunities are for water and energy savings.

Bone Dry Conditions Worry Niagara Farmers

July 7, 2016 | St Catharines Standard

by Maryanne Firth
'Rescue rains’ are not yet on the way to save Niagara from arid conditions.

Despite a forecast calling for possible showers Friday and Saturday, Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips says it will yield no more than a drop in the bucket needed by the region.

Lawns in Niagara will remain yellow, temperatures will remain high and public pools will remain packed for the foreseeable future.

It’s an issue being seen across the province as areas of Ontario combat drought conditions.

“In the Niagara area it’s particularly bone dry,” Phillips said, adding in the past month the region has seen only 20 to 25 per cent of its average precipitation.