Take the time to make a nomination to celebrate our growers.
Take the time to make a nomination to celebrate our growers.
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 opens May 19, 2015 and is now closed. Remaining applications will be automatically entered into a priority queue for consideration for funding in the next program year.
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July 21, 2015
The Ontario government is helping the province’s grape growers and individual wineries make improvements to grape production, winery operations, and better market Ontario’s world-class VQA wine. Through the Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP), Ontario has provided $4 million over two years to help growers invest in their vineyards to produce quality grapes.
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.
All received applications are being reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please contact Agricorp at 1-888-247-4999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit the name of the Ontario grape grower that you feel would be an excellent candidate for the 2015-2016 Grape King. This position represents an over 60‐year “Tradition of Excellence” for Ontario’s Grape and Wine industry. The Grape King is an ambassador for all grape growers in Ontario and represents the industry at events throughout his/her one‐year term.
2016 CUVÉE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN VITICULTURE
Nominations are being accepted for the Grape Growers of Ontario - Cuvée Award of Excellence in Viticulture. The award will be presented at the 2016 Cuvée Grand Tasting where we showcase the best Ontario VQA wines. It is in that same spirit we take the opportunity to recognize a grower who promotes excellence in their vineyard practices.
Email completed Cuvée nomination form to CCOVI@Brocku.ca by August 5, 2015
An event celebrating the brilliance of Finger Lakes wines, wineries and growers
August 21-22, 2015
Grand Tasting - August 21 5:00 a.m.-7:30 pm Geneva Visitor's Center
Opening Session - August 22, 2015 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Smith Opera House
Cool climate seminars - August 22, 2015 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Various downtown venues
Red White and Blues - August 22, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Linden Street
Stubble-faced, soiled and sweaty from cutting grass, he’s every bit the country boy. But dress him up in Hugo Boss or strip him down to his Calvin Kleins and there’s no mistaking the Greek-god looks of a top fashion model.
Welcome to the two worlds and many hats of Sandor Johnson. A famous figure on runways and in front of cameras around the world, he’s also a grape grower and owner of Potter Settlement Vineyards and Winery, the first such venture in Hastings County, midway between Toronto and Ottawa.
And after toiling arduously under those hats — heavy machine operator, entomologist, chemist, plant scientist — Johnson has just raised a glass to his first 12,000 bottles of wine, produced from the 2013 crop.
Comedy Night with Joe Pillitteri & Friends
The Staff Farm has always been the anchor for evenings filled with great wine, delicious food, friends, family and laughter.
Friday July 24th at Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, Jordan
Evening proceeds to the Howard V. Staff Memorial Fund (Niagara Community Foundation)
Tickets: $40 each, reserved table of 8 $320.00 plus HST
Niagara-this-Week | July 13, 2015
By Tiffany Meyer
Photo by Mike Sansano
When he’s not buried in the latest mystery novel, Bill George solves the riddle that is the grape-growing business
Bill George likes to tuck into the pages of a good mystery novel. The last one he bent the spine of was Tom Clancy’s Threat Vector.
Come this time of year, though, George doesn’t need a paperback to provide him with intrigue. He finds plenty of it growing grapes in his Beamsville vineyard, and as the chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario.
After two uncharacteristically cruel winters took a toll on grapevines throughout Ontario’s wine regions, and a brutal frost racked up more crop losses in Prince Edward County in May, George is simply trying to make sense of the cold-blooded killer named Mother Nature.
Applications are being accepted for 2015-16 Grape King until Friday, July 24, 2015. Please submit the name of the Ontario grape grower that you feel would be an excellent candidate for the 2015-2016 Grape King. This position represents an over 60‐year “Tradition of Excellence” for Ontario’s Grape and Wine industry. The Grape King is an ambassador for all grape growers in Ontario and represents the industry at events throughout his/her one‐year term.
Requirements and Qualifications
* After the 2015 Celebrity Luncheon
OFA Commentary: July 10, 2015
By Louis Roesch, Board Member, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
If you could pick the infrastructure priorities for your community, what would they be?
The Ontario government is travelling across Ontario this summer asking for input from local communities as it works on a new plan to fund infrastructure programs in areas outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
The invite-only consultations started on July 6 and are running in 16 locations across the province. The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure want to understand local priorities when it comes to building roads, bridges, hospitals, schools and transit.
July 3, 2015
Bill Schenck shows excellence in both viticulture and sport; the 4th generation Ontario grape grower and 2009 Grape King Alumni is co-chair for the summer Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Para-Pan Am Games rowing events being held in St. Catharines July 11th-15th.
First setting a rowing shell in the Henley waters in 1971, Bill has many memories both on and off the course. The most memorable will come this July, during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games when 14 men’s and women’s rowing competitions will be held at the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing course in St. Catharines.
As Co-Chair of the event, Bill has dedicated countless hours over the past six years preparing for all aspects of the Pan Am Games from meeting fire and security regulations, to volunteer recruitment, and logistics for the event that brings together 41 countries. He also had the honour of being one of the 3,000 torch bearers in the days leading up to the event.
photo by: Julie Jocsak, St Catharines Standard
Vineland Research & Innovation Centre Open House
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
at Vineland's Victoria Avenue Farm
Research farm tours will be available (advance registration required)
Award-winning journalist Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising Truth About Food and Flavor