• 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.


Ontario Investing $2.25 Million in World-Class VQA Wines

May 2, 2016 2:15 P.M. | Government of Ontario

Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs was onhand to announce that Ontario is investing $2.25 million to help boost sales of Ontario's world-class Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines and expand tourism opportunities for the province's wine regions.

The province is launching the annual 2016 Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide to encourage tourists from across Ontario to experience and enjoy the great wines and wine regions Ontario has to offer. The guide will be available at wineries and in the summer issue of LCBO's Food & Drink magazine on May 4th.

The 2016 Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide provides information about 200 wineries in Prince Edward County, Lake Erie's North Shore, the Niagara Peninsula, and emerging wine producing regions. It  also highlights new trends in Ontario wine, offers touring and tasting tips and showcases Ontario's four signature wine varieties, for which the province has become renowned on the international wine scene: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc.

OMAFRA IPM Scout Training Workshops for 2016

Posted March 14, 2016 |OMAFRA  ONfruit

Workshops are available for those who will be scouting horticultural crops this year. To register, please contact OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

Tender Fruit & Grape Workshop

  • May 9, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Rittenhouse Hall, Vineland OMAFRA Resource Centre
  • Workshop Leader: Wendy McFadden-Smith
  • Notes: Lunch on your own. Bring a laptop with WiFi capability.

Million dollar research program

26 April 2016 | Brock University — Communications & Public Affairs

Brock University researchers are leading a five-year, $1.42 million integrated research program to improve grapevine health, wine quality, market competitiveness and the sustainability of the Canadian industry.

Project lead Debbie Inglis, Director of Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), says many of the challenges the industry faces are due to changing climate conditions that must be addressed by working closely with industry partners.

“The outcomes of this research program will continue to open new doors for Canadian wine while also increasing Canada’s reputation as a global leader in cool climate oenology and viticulture,” says Inglis.

Webinar on GF2 for Producers

April 2016 | AgAnnex

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is hosting webinars to learn about the Growing Forward 2 funding assistance program for producers.  OSCIA delivers the producer component of the GF2 program in Ontario.

These webinars will provide an opportunity to learn about completing an online application using the GF2 client portal. Whether you wish to apply online or in person, these sessions will help provide guidance to ensure your application is complete.  To participate in a webinar, you need an internet connection as well as a telephone line. Advanced registration is required. 

  • June 20, 7:30 p.m., English (workshop leader - Robin Brown)
  • June 21, 7 p.m., French (workshop leader - Michel Champagne)
  • June 22, 12 p.m., English (workshop leader - Robin Brown)

Visit http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/oscia-programs/growing-forward-2/ to register. If you have any questions, please contact gf2@ontariosoilcrop.org or call 1-800-265-9751.

Terroir - Prince Edward County's Spring Food and Wine Festival

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at The Crystal Palace, Picton
A farm-to-table experience showcasing local food, handcrafted wine, artisan bread, preserves and other one-of-a-kind products from local farmers.

Seminars include: Cooking with Wine; Mixology - Beyond the Mimosa; Beer Tasting 101, and Perfect Platters - Charcutrie and Cheeseboards.   Enjoy local bands at Wine Breaks at the Hayloft Music Tent.

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Ontario Launching Workplace Blitzes

April 12, 2016 | Government of Ontario

Province Committed to Protecting Vulnerable Workers

 Ontario will help protect workers on the job by launching more than 20 targeted blitzes at workplaces across the province over the next year. From May 2, 2016 to March 31, 2017, Ministry of Labour employment standards officers will visit workplaces such as food services, retail stores, construction sites and mines to investigate potential violations of Ontario's employment standards and occupational health and safety laws.In particular, sectors with vulnerable workers and a history of violations will be targeted.

 To help ensure workers are also receiving what they are owed, employment standards officers will check for violations that could affect the pay, overtime and work hours of:

•             temporary foreign workers
•             young workers and
•             employees of repeat violators

Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

April 18, 2016 | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has announced the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative which supports employers who wish to hire youth to undertake environmentally beneficial activities on their farm; or employers who employ youth in the agriculture sector to undertake environmentally beneficial activities. 

Applications will be accepted beginning April 25th, 10:00 am EDT.  Eligible projects are approved on a first-come, first-served basis, so you are encouraged to apply early. 

More detailed information is available on the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative website.

32nd Annual Niagara Agri-Food Golf Tournament


32nd Annual Agri-Food Golf Tournament and Dinner

 Thursday, June 9, 2016
for key representatives of Niagara's Fruit, Grape and Wine Industries
Willow-Dell Golf of Niagara Club, Niagara Falls, ON
Contact Sylvana Lagrotteria, ext 231 at the Board office at 905 688-0990 for registration.

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Food and Beverage Ontario 2016 Golf Tournament

 Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Springfield Golf and Country Club
2054 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON

Registration and sponsorship information 

publication 360, guide to fruit production - 2016-2017 now available

March 22, 2016 | Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Publication 360, Guide to Fruit Production, is now available on the OMAFRA website.

The english publication is posted as a fully accessible pdf and as also as individual chapters. The French pdf is not the accessible version but the information is complete and the final accessible pdf will be posted later this spring.




Grape Growers of Ontario Jackets and Toques

Soft Shell jackets and We Grow the Wines You Love toques are available for purchase. 
The jacket can be personalized with the farm name below the GGO logo.
Jackets are wind and water resistant and are machine washable $125 insulated mens sizes, $95 non-insulated ladies.  Toques are available in black, navy and grey $12 each.
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