• 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.

     

Ontario VQA Wines Available at More Than 100 Farmers’ Markets

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

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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.

Water Meter Pilot Program for Agricultural Irrigation

The Water Adaptation Management and Quality Initiative (WAMQI) is conducting a pilot program which will partially subsidize water meters for use in select agricultural operations. Through this pilot program agricultural irrigators and vegetable wash water users can receive a subsidy of 50% of the cost of a water meter and associated installation, up to a maximum of $750 per farm. (Other specific situations involving agricultural water use may be considered)

Peller Estates Awarded "Canadian Winery of the Year" at the 2014 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada

Source: Yahoo, July 2014

Peller Estates was awarded the prestigious honour of "Canadian Winery of the Year" at the 2014 WineAlign National Wine Awards held in Penticton, B.C. in late June.

Making Natural Connections Across Ontario's Greenbelt

From guided tours and workshops in Northumberland County to engaging landowners in Hamilton-Burlington’s Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark, the latest projects from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation continue to support the viability and protection of Ontario’s vast and world leading Greenbelt.

‘Man in Motion’ Rick Hansen to speak at Grape Growers of Ontario’s 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 17, 2014

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 Hansenwill be the speaker at the 31st Annual Celebrity Luncheon which kicks off the 63rd Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 17th at 11:30 a.m. 

Onley hails Niagara's wine ascendance

Source: St. Catharines Standard, July 2014

David Onley’s long connection to Niagara has let him to witness its agricultural transformation.

In a Wednesday tour of Malivoire Wine Co. in Beamsville, the provincial Lieutenant Governor recounted his many trips to the area as a child.

Grape Grower Howard Staff

It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden passing of  Howard V. Staff on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the age of 71.

Howard was the 6th generation to farm his family homestead, and was an industry leader in Lincoln. Howard was one of the longest serving members of the Grape Growers of Ontario, as a member of the Growers' Committee for 38 years, and a Board Director for ten years. In 1996, Howard was nominated Grape King by his peers. The Niagara North Federation of Agriculture awarded Howard a lifetime achievement award for exemplary contribution to the agriculture community. Howard was a major contributor to Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, and was president of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and Vineland Growers Co-Operative. He has also been chair of the Lincoln Committee of Adjustment and Jordan Historical Museum as well as a commissioner of the Niagara Escarpment Commission.

Howard is survived by wife Wendy Staff, daughter Sue-Ann Staff son Howard Andrew (Drew) (married to Dana Staff), grandchildren Connor and Caitlin and other family members.