• Ontario VQA Wine at Farmers Markets

    Check out this map to find out which farmers' markets near you are selling VQA wines crafted from 100% Ontario grown grapes.

    Look for this sign, and click here for a list of upcoming dates and farmers' market locations featuring VQA wine.



  • 2015 Celebrity Luncheon-Order Tickets Now

    Canadian Country Music's 'Rising New Star' Award Winner
     2015 Annual Celebrity Luncheon speaker

    Club Roma, St Catharines, ON
    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.
    Tickets are available at www.niagarawinefestival.com or
    Grape Growers of Ontario at 905 688-0990.


  • 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.


  • Grape Grower of the Year 2014-2015

    Kevin Buis
    Glenlake Vineyards
    On behalf of the Grape Growers of Ontario we congratulate Kevin Buis on being chosen Grape King for the year 2014-2015.


  • 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.


2015 Annual Celebrity Luncheon


Canadian Country Music's 'Rising New Star' Award Winner
is the 2015 Celebrity Luncheon speaker

Club Roma, St Catharines, ON
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.
Purchase your Tickets online now at www.niagarawinefestival.com,
download order form here, or call Grape Growers of Ontario at 905 688-0990.

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 present the 32nd Annual Celebrity Luncheon.  This year's guest speaker is a Niagara native and Canada's country music's hottest new star; named the 2014 Canadian Country Music Awards 'Rising New Star' and the country Music Association of Ontario's Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year in May 2015.   "I am so pleased to see this great local country artist grow into an international success. Tim is a welcome addition to the Grape Growers of Ontario's Celebrity Lunhceon on September 16," says Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario.


Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program

A message from the Ontario Government and Agricorp

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 mvip@agricorp.com.

Fall 2015 Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Newsletter

In the Fall 2015 Vineland and Innovation Centre Newsletter:

  • Perfect Appassimento results
  • The new world of floriculture
  • Bring the vineyard home - PixieTM Grape
  • What's Growin' On open house 2015

Click here to read the Fall 2015 VRIC Newsletter

Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Named Top 100 Festival

Event industry leader BizBash recognizes the Niagara Wine Festival as an annual event making an impact on the industry.

September 1, 2015 — Countless months were spent searching far and wide for the annual live experiences distrupting the industry—breaking boundaries, creating new standards, changing the game—and BizBash, the leading resource for the event industry, is excited to announce that the Niagara Wine Festival has been named to its list of the Top 100 Events in Canada. The Niagara Wine Festival is an event so powerful, so transformative that weeks, even months, after it is over, the buzz continues; and proves the true power of face-to-face interactions.

VQA Ontario - Nfews & Tips -July 2015

VQA Ontario has released the July News & Tips and found in this issue are:

VQA Ontario Board of Directors
South Islands declared new sub-appellation
More evidence appellation adds value
Tip of the month (compliance)

Read more


Canadian Horticultural Council Advocacy Campaign

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) launched an advocacy campaign in July to bring awareness to each federal party about agriculture's needs prior to the 2015 election.   Read more

On September 15, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., CHC and CPMA (Canadian Produce Marketing Association) will be co-hosting a webinar informing members of what to expect from the 2015 election as related to horticulture.

Participation is no charge; space is limited: Register through CHC

TASTE Community Grown

Prince Edward County's premier food and wine festival celebrates our culinary community from farm to table.  Sample the freshest locally prepared food from top local chefs and artisan food producers while tasting local wine and craft beer.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Crystal Palace, Picton Fairgrounds
Prince Edward County

Tickets are available at: www.tastecommunitygrown.com

OMAFRA Agriculture Engineers

August 2015

Two new Agriculture Engineers are located at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)office in Vineland:
John Warbick, Engineer Horticulture Crop Systems
John has an extensive background in agricultural and environmental engineering, with involvement in a wide array of environmental and engineering studies and previous experience in the Simcoe OMAFRA office.  
905-562-1618   John.Warbick@ontario.ca  

James Dyck, Engineer Crop Systems and Environment
James will focus on field crop storage and handling.  He has an agricultural background having been raised on the family farm in the Vineland area.

Summer 2015 CCOVI Newsletter

The Summer 2015 edition of the CCOVI News – the newsletter for the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University is now available. 

In this issue:

·         Battling birds: new research focuses on deterrent methods
·         Cuvée brings in thousands for research and education
·         Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series returns to Ontario and British Columbia
·         CCOVI Fellow receives prestigious fellowship
·         Sparkling master class focuses on the vineyard
·         OEVI alumnus takes on new role at CCOVI
·         Educate your senses at the Niagara Wine Festival 
·         Keeping it cool during the 2015 i4C weekend
·         International delegation gains insights from CCOVI experts